Great women of Serbian culture in the House of Jevrem Grujic

Venue: House of Jevrem Grujic in Belgrade
Authors of the project: Branka Conić, Dr. Gordana Bekcic and Ruzica Opacic
Author of the installation: Ruzica Opacic
Time of holding: January 20th, 2022 – March 27th, 2022

How much do we know about the path to freedom and independence?


“I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich and passed my doctorate as a doctor of medicine, surgery, midwifery, and eye diseases, which I prove with the attached diploma. Based on this, I ask the Minister to give me permission to practice in Belgrade. And, if I need to fulfill any other condition, I ask Mr. Minister to just order, and I will fulfil it.”

This is how Draga Ljocic wrote in order to get a work permit as a doctor. She got a job in the civil service, but even then, she couldn’t be more than a medical assistant.

The first Serbian student. The first Serbian woman doctor. At that time, there were only a dozen women doctors in the whole of Europe. She was one of them. She did not have the right to work despite her top education: she did not have the right to vote, despite her persistent struggle for equality.

Why does the whole world know about Frida Kahlo, but we couldn’t allow our Milena Pavlovic Barili to teach fine arts in her own country?

“For three days now, the Bloomsbury Gallery has been filling the world. This is one of the most successful individual exhibitions of Yugoslav artists in London”, once wrote Belgrade’s newspaper “Vreme”. In the world – people would admire her authenticity, in our country – she has been driven away because of it.

Why was it that the first solo exhibition of Nadezda Petrovic was met with disapproval and criticism by her own people? “It takes time for everything, and a little longer for educating the audience”, said the Serbian painter who brought expressionism and symbolism and contemporary art of the highest values to our soil. And, although it is undoubtedly not less valuable, why is her patriotic heroic commitment during the First World War always asserted as admirable and respectable, but her own art is not treated the same way?

Finally, how many of her paintings do you know?

Why is Mina Karadzic always first mentioned as the daughter of Vuk Karadzic, then the inspiration of Branko Radicevic? Why don’t we give her name the credit that it clearly deserves, so that when we begin to talk about her, we first say that she was an exquisite painter and a writer, whose portraits testify about her time better and with more detail than any historical data?

Why did Jelisaveta Nacic die poor and banned in Dubrovnik in the middle of the 20th century? The first Serbian woman architect and one of the first women employed in the public-school sector. If you have ever passed by Elementary School “King Peter I” in Belgrade, and we believe that many have, you have witnessed the first modern Serbian school building.

Guess who designed it?

If it weren’t for Soja Jovanović, there would be no Ckalja as we know him. The first Serbian woman director, she proved her talent in both theatre and film. When going to the Kalenic market, maybe every day, do you pay attention to the plateau dedicated to the director who directed the first Yugoslav colour feature film – “Pop Cira and Pop Spira”?

We could surely go on like this. However, we hope that this text is enough for you to ask yourself: “Why don’t I know more about Poleksija Todorovic, Beta Vukanovic, Maga Magazinovic, Ljubica Maric, Anica Savic Rebac, Zora Petrovic, Desanka Maksimovic, Ljubica Cuca Sokic, Leposava St. Pavlovic, Vidosava Kovacevic?”

The Serbian woman had to be a top painter, writer, journalist, poet, composer, philosopher, choreographer just to be given a chance to fight for her place in society. She had to be combative, persistent, patient. Unfortunately, she also had to be humiliated, excommunicated, ridiculed.

The time has come for her to be appreciated, respected, and remembered.

Today, we must persevere so that this fight is not in vain. We must be united in our determination not to allow the names of this great woman to fall into oblivion.

House of Jevrem Grujic stood out as a place where you could visit the excellent exhibition “Great Women of Serbian Culture”.

The sponsors of the exhibition are the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade, and the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality.

The partners of the exhibition are the Belgrade City Museum, The Memorial Collection of Pavle Beljanski, “Milena Pavlovic Barili” Gallery, “Nadezda Petrovic” Art Gallery, SANU Gallery, SANU Musicological Institute, Museum of Theatre Arts of Serbia, National Museum of Valjevo, “Svetozar Markovic” University Library, “Desanka Maksimovic” Endowment, Galleries X Vitamin, HQ and B2, private collections, as well as Matica srpska and “What a Woman!” project.

Maybe you were busy with work, or you don’t live in the capital? If for any reason you have missed this unique exhibition, we hope you will enjoy its virtual tour. You can go through the interactive 360​​° walk whenever you want, from any location on the or you can download our mobile app on your play store and enjoy it on your phone.




Aleksandar Pantić

Ničiji mesec, 70×40 cm

Ana Jevgenijević

Putnici I II III, 17×20 cm

Ana Miljković

Omen, 20x20cm

Ana Nesimovski

Mediteran, 30×30 cm

Anastasija Kekić

Brezova šuma, 130×110 cm

Atelje Ivanović

Sveti knez Lazar, 60×230 cm

Bojana Pavlović

Hrt, 80×50 cm

Daliborka Maldaner

Autoportret, 50×60 cm

Danica Veselinović

Kosovski vez, 25×25 cm

Dara Njegovan

Lavirint, 20×20 cm

Dejana Cahun

Lovac na snove, 24,5×42 cm

Dragan Samardžija

Mag 01, 162×147 cm

Dragan Samardžija

Mag 03, 189×98 cm

Dunja Sirmium

Andromeda, 24×20 cm

Gordana Stanišić Vujošević

Mašinarijum,  4 dela 25×25 cm

Gordana Šijački

Kompozicija I, 41×41 cm

Gordana Šijački

Kompozicija II, 41×41 cm

Gordana Šijački

Kompozicija III, 41×41 cm

Gordana Šijački

Vrbak, 41×41 cm

Isidora Jancić

Autoportret, 33×37,5 cm

Iva Tatalović

Almost caught, 27×24 cm

Iva Zeković

Autoportret, 35×43 cm

Jana Nikić

Autoportret, 30,5×36 cm

Jelena Milatović

4 x 4, 47,5×47,5 cm

Jelica Durković

Patrijarh Pavle, 140x 386 cm

Jovana Đurić

Autoportret, 30×40 cm

Jovana Filipović

The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove, 70×50 cm

Jovana Filipović

Dosada, 45,5x17x34 cm

Kristina Jovanović

Ravnodušnost predaje, 30×40 cm

Kristina Stanišić

Autoportret, 35×42 cm

Kristina Šarić

Dunav i karpatski vetrovi, 33,5×21 cm

Lili Bunyik-Eros

FRAKCIJE-Uravnotežena, 43x46x13 cm

Ljubica Kržić Walther

Nikola Tesla, 19×29,5 cm

Maja Đurović

Maska 1, 43x60cm

Maja Đurović

Maska 2, 43x60cm

Maja Đurović

Maska 3, 44×61 cm

Marija Gajić

Sveti Nektarije, 50×50 cm

Milana Vujić Saulnier

Korpa, 12×17 cm

Milena Bajić Đorić

Ringišpil, 32,5×37 cm

Milena Belenzada

Tragovi I, 50×70 cm

Milena Belenzada

Tragovi II, 40×80 cm

Milena Belenzada

Tragovi III,40×80 cm

Milena Stojković

Rajska ptica, 51×100 cm

Milica Pejković

Autoportret, 31,5x 42,5 cm

Milomirka Petrović Đokić

Kamen i nebo, 2021. 48x35cm

Mina Mirković

D7, 48x48x4 cm

Mina Mirković

Rasterećenje, 50x50x4 cm

Nađa Milivojević

Autoportret, 73×53 cm

Nataša Dejanović Dimitrijević

Movement, 40×60 cm

Nataša Janković

Autoportret, 30×35 cm

Nataša Jasen Tomić

Ljubav, 16×43 cm

Nikolija Tubić

Priroda 1, 42×63 cm

Nikolija Tubić

Priroda 2, 42×63 cm

Nikolija Tubić

Priroda 3, 42×63 cm

Petar Vujošević

Buna zlatara Dimitrija, 62×62 cm

Petar Vujošević

O slovu E u Delfima, 67×64 cm

Petar Vujošević

Okovani Parmenid, 57,5×56 cm

Radmila Mila Dragićević

Bez naziva 2, 166×75 cm

Radmila Mila Dragićević

Bez naziva 1, 61×36 cm

Radmila Mila Dragićević

Bez naziva 3, 62×44 cm

Ružica Bajić Sinkević

Nastajanje, 45×31 cm R 12 cm

Snežana Vujnov

I’ve seen that face before, 35×33 cm

Sofija Kovačević, Grm

Grm, 30×42 cm

Suzana Stanišić

Pad heruvima, triptih 30×40 cm

Tamara Tomić

Lisica, 49×42 cm

Tatjana Benderać Vučićević

Refleksija, 45×54 cm

Tatjana Vojnov, Prozor

Prozor, 60×40 cm

Teodora Bikicki

Maslačak, 20×20 cm

Teodora M. Nikolić

Autoportret, 30×35 cm

Tijana Mandarić

Lanac, 42x45x2,5 cm

Tijana Mrvošević

Bez naziva, 30x40cm

Vanja Radojičić

Pejzaž, 30×42 cm

Vasilisa Ivanović

Jelenak, 25×45 cm

Veljko Vučković

The Witness, 50×40 cm

Vera Virijević Mitrović

Morsko dno, 110,5×50,5 cm

Vojna Baštovanović Casteel

Madona, 19×19,5 cm

Zoran Ignjatović

Kome treba svetlo, 20×32 cm

Zoran Žegarac

Trg, 17×24 cm


Angela Cimek

C’è sempre di più die quello che puoi immaginare, 50×50 cm

Angela Cimek

Convenience-bubble, R 30 cm

Edda Mally

Dafne, 65x48x85 cm

Edda Mally

Кarmen, 54x34x38 cm

Edda Mally

Evil Eye against Corona, 30x20x48 cm


Anastasija Kmetova

Morski motiv I, 50×41 cm

Anastasija Kmetova

Ples, 42×52 cm

Anastasija Kmetova

Flora, 35×44 cm

Anastasija Kmetova

Autoportret, 34×44 cm

Anton Siderov

Frida sa Rodopa, 30×40 cm

Anton Siderov

Horizonti, 36×34 cm

Damjan Damjanov

Barselona, 35×56 cm

Damjan Damjanov

Pustinjska oluja, 37×61 cm

Gergana Stojanova

Kompozicija dva – Duhovna i materijalna blaga, 29,5×29,5 cm

Gergana Stojanova

Kompozicija energija, 30×30 cm

Gergana Stojanova

Izobilje, 50×34,5 cm

Ilia Iliev

Ilia Iliev, Diptih, 130×60 cm

Irena Jančeva

Sv Pantelejmon, 42×50 cm

Irena Jančeva

Sveti Jovan Rilski, 50×85 cm

Jordanka Gojčeva Ilieva

Beli cvet, R 30 cm

Kristina Kutlova

Vetar promena, 60×25

Kristina Kutlova

Maslačak, 20×26 cm

Krum Šarankov

Anđeo nad Herkulanumom, 22x13x75 cm

Krum Šarankov

Porodica, 60×50 cm

Krum Šarankov

Poljubac, 80×65 cm

Krum Šarankov

Plovdiv izjutra, 54×70 cm

Krum Šarankov

Cicera, 56×56 cm

Strahil Najdenov

Odraz u prozoru, 57×77 cm

Strahil Najdenov

Stilizovana forma 28×90 cm

Strahil Najdenov

Lice, 31×71 cm

Stefan Ganozov

Morsko dno, 37×26 cm

Stefan Ganozov

Forma, R 32 cm

Vladimir Damjanov

Procena, 24×27 cm

Vladimir Damjanov

Procena II, 42×42 cm

Žana Okukcu

Dobri otac, 40×57 cm

Žorž Sopadžiev

Isijavanje, 80×80 cm


Nada Kazić

Edenski vrt 1, 35x26x16 cm     

Nikolina Zuber

Oblak, 30×25 cm           


Svetlana Ivaškina

Bademovo drvo u cvetu,  (posveta Van Gogu), 42×42 cm