Shaping collections Department of Arts was founded on the idea of a museum that goes beyond local boundaries. This concept is evident in the carefully thought-out purchases of art work, guided by the objectives of integrity and shaping collections. Exactly two large purchases, from Boris Jovancevic and Jovan Novakovic, form the backbone of the Collection of Serbian painting from the first half of the 20th century and part of the collections of the 19th century. Carefully chosen form a representative collection that is `read` and upgrades artistic history flows on the territory of Serbia and Yugoslavia, from the late 19th to mid-20th century. That this endeveur started through serious approach to the creation of these collections, proves the fact that a part of this great project, instigated from the Museum and supported by local governments, was conducted by the Commission for the purchase, formed by the National Museum and the Institute for the Protection of the culture in which they are found among reputable experts Mihajlo Petrov, Pavle Vasic, Momcilo Stevanovic, M. Corovic Ljubinkovic, Vera Ristic. Gallery top artists like Bukovac, Sava Šumanovic, Paja Jovanovic, Uros Predic, Milo Milunovic, Marko Murat, Leon Cohen, Petar Lubarda, Milan Konjovic, Petar Dobrovic and others have joined, large bequests, Dušan Mišković and Dragomir Lazarevic, with 150 paintings, prints and drawings.Smaller Gift collections: Michael Petrova, Jelena Cirkovic, Olga Jancic, Aleksandar Lukovic - Lukijan, Cumic, Jelena Dimitrijevic, Momcilo Antonovic, are also part of the rich art collection of the Museum. aldough with systematic purchases completed in the 20th century, the tradition of gift set till today, so a Collection of New Art was formed with over than 300 artworks in diferent techniques. Significant part of this fund (150 works) forms Local Painters Collection as part of local identity.
Dragomir Lazarevic legacy collection
"With this gift I want to repay the town where I grew up, spent boyhood and early youth days .... It is my duty to somehow get back Palanka, to reciprocate for all, because it paved my way. Thank her for me in this way receives. "With these words, in 2008, painter and collector Dragomir Lazarevic donated, and enriched the National Museum in Smederevska Palanka legacy of 151 works of art: paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures. Lazarevic gift-legacy consists of 92 authors' work and 59 works of other artists, who were part of his private collection, colloquially called "Friends". Paintings of D. Lazarevic classified into: Associative painting, realistic painting and drawing. They do not talk about the stages of its creation, but about constant need of the artist to respond to various art chalanges. Rich Bogati opus, which is composed half a century of artistic work, talks about the painter who is steady handed, intuitive, intelligent and analytical. Collection "Friends" adds work of Lazarevis`s fellow-artists, the protagonist of the local art scene, from the fifties to the early eighties of the 20th century, including Momcilo Antonovic, Drago Lubarda, Bozidar Kovacevic, Olivera Cohadzix, Vojislav Todoric and others.
"This gift will live another life in my Palanka"
Dragomir Lazarevic was born in 1920 in Begec near Novi Sad. From the age of eleven he lived in Smederevska Palanka. He had spend several years as a student of Palanka grammar school, from which he went to military school. His life path continueted in Belgrade. He was a military fighter pilot with the rank of captain, and after the establishment of JAT airline pilot. Although from childhood talent for painting, an opportunity to formally establish acquires fifties at Ulus's painting workshops held by Jephthah Peric, Aleksandar Kumric, Milan Cetic. Since 1966. He became a member of ULUS. During his long artistic career he was Secretary of painting sections, Vice President, Acting President of the SAA, as well as a member of the Arts Council of the SAA. He exhibited regularly at ULUS's annual exhibitions within the different sections, the October Salon, an exhibition of Yugoslav portraits, Fine arts meetings in Subotica, as well as to other major art manifestations. He was awarded a diploma for the artistic work of art associations of Serbia. He died in Belgrade in 2013.
Dusan Miskovic legacy collection
Art Collection of the National museum in Smederevska Palanka is enriched in 1977 with valuable works of Dusan Miskovic gift-legacy. Explaining the decision to bequeath a legacy to our city, Mišković once said: "... when I saw how much and what kind of cultural tradition in this town and met a nice fight against the cultural province of National Museum, I did what I find it quite natural - I gave my contribution to this effort. "the excellence of this act of giving, declares Miskovic as an artist who becomes a permanent segment of cultural identity Smederevska Palanka. Significant in scope, Miskovic gift-collection is constituated of 150 paintings and drawings, dating from the late thirties to the seventies of the 20th century. The value of legacies both read and the representativeness of Mišković's artistic oeuvre, but also in the "beauty" of each part individually. This "nice" Mišković knew how to recognize the landscapes, everyday life, in man as their protagonists but also in human form as a treasury of nature and the deepest emotions. His experience of the shrouded seen intimistic atmosphere composition and unconstrained colors, mostly pronounced invoices, which represents the principal means Mišković artistic expression. The Dusan Miskovic legacy, in addition to oil painting, there are also watercolor, pastel, charcoal. The diversity in technique and genre and a long creative century, do not imply greater variations in expression, but indicate the consistency and authenticity of this fruitful "masters of color and atmosphere," as he was characterized by Sreto Bosnjak. Dusan Miškovic was rođen in Aleksinac on 29 October 1915. In Pirot attends primary school, after which his further education continued in Belgrade. Finishing high school and a painting lessons acquired in Art school of Professor Beta Vukanovic, Ivan Radovic, Ljuba Ivanovic and Nikola Besevic (1935-1939). As a participant in the national liberation movement, the war has been conducted underground, in Aleksinac and Sokobanja. After the war, in Nis established the School of Applied Arts, where he worked as a lecturer and director till 1955. His pedagogical work continued in Belgrade, where he lived until the end of its life in 1993.
Continuity in the creation was not interrupted during Second world War, but it intensified in the postwar period, when he becomes present and active in the public life of the capital. Exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions in Belgrade and other cities in Yugoslavia. Abroad he was present at exhibitions in Rome, Naples and Florence, where the international exhibition "Santa Croce", 1970, received the gold medal for the painting of the city. Exposes and in Germany, America, Canada. Works of Dusan Miskovic found their place in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade National Museum in Belgrade, the Belgrade City Museum, Museum of the City of Zemun, the National Museum of Nis, Heritage Museum Aleksinca well as in numerous private collections in the country and abroad (Ravenna, Venice, Munich, Paris, Washington).