Immediately upon establishment of the Museum, there was an idea to form the History of Arts Department. Beginning with the initial “small gallery of paintings and a few copies of frescoes”, whose base were the works bought from group and individual exhibitions of the members of the Serbian Association of Artists (ULUS) held in Zaječar during the 1960’s and1990’s, it was continued with collecting the works of Yugoslavian, i.e. Serbian artists, who represented modern trends in arts. Also, the collection activities is focused on the works of local artists, who were born in this area and of those who went to school here and who lived and worked here. The opus of Dušan Adamović, professor of drawing is particularly plentiful. The collection also has a significant number of the works of art of Russian emigrants, who found haven in Zaječar, after the October Revolution and the Civil War in Russia.
Presently, the History of Arts Department has over a thousand works of art, classified into collections of art objects, from the end of 19th century to the present day, as well as collections of collection of objects of applied art, dating from the second half of the 20th century.
Curator – Historian of Arts
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