Current exhibition

“Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul”
From the Pierluigi Peroni Collection

Exhibition by Marija Ličina, curator

December 26th 2013 - October 30th 2014



We announce new dates in July: programs for all ages


Guided Tour through the “Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul“
& Creative Workshop for Kids age 3 to 13

6th, 13th i 20th. july 2014, from 11am to 1pm,
at the Museum of African Art

More than three hundred objects displayed at the “Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul” exhibition will provide a rich inspiration for the kids to shape their own art works – horseman statuettes in clay – at the workshop guided by Milica Josimov, sculptor. At the same time, older visitors will be given guided tour through the current exhibition, with curators of the Museum of African Art (Dragan Mišković / Marija Ličina).

The exhibition „Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul“showcases talismans of the Kotoko people, casted in bronze in the shape of miniature equestrian figures, which are only few centimeters large. These talismans, known as the “Kotoko equestrians” were worn as pendants on necklacess and bracelets and they had an important function of protecting a man’s soul from the erratic spirits.

The objects presented at the exhibition belong to Italian collector of African Art, Pierluigi Peroni. His collection was first shown in 2011 in Milan, at the Passion Oratory of the St. Ambrogio Basilica.

The promotional price is 100 dinars per person (all ages)


Monday, July 21 at 7 pm

Narcisa Knežević Šijan, director and art historian, will present the Museum of African Art at the National Library “Stefan Prvovenčani” in Kraljevo, as part of the “Guide through institutions of culture” programme.

Predstavljanje Muzeja Afričke umetnosti u Kraljevu

The Museum of African Art is the first and only museum in the region entirely dedicated to the cultures and arts of the African continent. The initial collection of African art was acquired by dedicated art enthusiast and passionate collector, dr Zdravko Pečar and his family. During the two decades he spent in West Africa, first as a journalist and reporter and later as a diplomat and Yugoslavia’s ambassador to seven African countries, he gained a profound knowledge of African history, culture and art, forging at the same time a close relationship with the peoples of Africa, their customs and ways of life. According to specialists in the field, objects in the Belgrade Museum form a representative collection of African art.

Besides exhibitions, the presentation of the cultural heritage of Africa is achieved at the Museum through popular programs such as the Afro Festival, AFRAM and Coloured World which, through lectures, film screenings, art and music workshops, thematic evenings and concerts – expose the richness of African creativity.

It is our pleasure to present

The Museum of African Art's FIRST E-Publication


Author: Ana Sladojević, PhD

Muzej afričke umetnosti, Konteksti i reprezentacije

“The Museum of African Art: Contexts and Representations” by art theoretician Ana Sladojević, PhD, is a new book which will be available and free to download on the Museum’s official web-site (Publications > E-Publications) on May 5th, 2014. The book is an edited version based on the doctoral dissertation defended at the Group for Theory, Arts and Media, part of the Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Professor Nevena Daković, PhD. Apart from being the first doctoral dissertation that deals with the Museum of African Art: the Veda and dr Zdravko Pečar Collection, in the wider context of African arts representations, this book is at the same time the first exclusively electronic publication of the Museum, available to all on the museum’s web page.

The Forward to the book was written by Olga Manojlović Pintar, PhD, who in the field of the theoretical considerations of African arts representations in Serbia, states the following: Succeeding the pioneering project of Dejan Sretenović “Black Body, White Masks”, the book by Ana Sladojević, “The Museum of African Art: Contexts and Representations”, is a valuable contribution to this complex issue. She has offered answers to the mentioned questions, but at the same time opened new topics for consideration. By deliberating on the problems of the representation of the cultures and civilisations of Africa, she has clearly underlined the impossibility of simplified equalisation of Yugoslav practices with the imperialistic politics of European metropolises, as well as the unsustainability of insisting on a filtered approach devoid of dominant cultural content that were the product of modernist times. (Manojlović Pintar, 2014: viii)

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