We visited the famous “Ilić’s collection”, a legacy of the esteemed doctor from Novi Sad and collector Branko Ilić. The Neo-Baroque peppermint color building that housed the collection became a cultural institution in 1968. As an annex of the City Museum of Novi Sad, it is located close by the several important cultural institutions in the city center, not far from the Danube Park (Dunavska 29).
This valuable art collection was created in 1966 and consists of works of fine and applied art, which were created in the ateliers of Western European masters and manufactories of Western and Central Europe from the 15th to the 20th century. Dr. Ilić collected most of this collection in our field. The contents of the collection are presented through several separate sections, and we extremely liked the last one, characterized by a luxurious bedroom of Austrian descent from the 1950s, circulated by an urban legend that was haunted and no one wanted it in their home. Particular attention was also drawn to the painting by the famous French Impressionist painter Edgar Dega “Ballerinas”.
According to Ljiljana Lazić, art historian and senior curator of the Museum and author of numerous exhibitions and temporary exhibitions at the museum, the collection has about 440 individual items and is the most extensive museum of foreign art in our area. The exhibited objects provide visitors a kind of aesthetic experience and instructive knowledge of artistic styles in the past.
More about the collection can be found on the Museum’s official website.
Author: Jovana Majkić