International Opening of the Art Project „For faith and Fatherland! Life stories in World War I, 1914-1918“. Serbia, Russia, France

Belgrade, 2014 – The first in a series of exhibitions in the context of international cultural and artistic project “For the faith and the Fatherland! Stories of Life in the Great War 1914-1918 “, opened on Friday, August 1st, at the “Progress” gallery. Exhibition is dedicated to 100 years since the beginning of the First World War and was organized in cooperation of cultural center “Positive” and “Art Studio XIII” from Russia and art association “DivArt” from Serbia, with the support of the Russian Embassy in Belgrade and the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Iriney.
The exhibition was officially opened by Mr. Alexander Chepurin, Russian Ambassador in Serbia, and g. Dusan Milovanovic, art historian and consultant to the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade. The exhibition opening was visited by Serbian and Russian officials and media representatives.

Exhibition “For Faith and Fatherland! Stories of Life in the Great War 1914-1918 “is a modern vision of fine artists Isidora Ivanovic and Dragan Bartula, who show on their canvases the emotional experience of the First World War, focused on understanding the feeling of patriotism, courage, pride and willingness to fight for themselves and their people, for freedom, faith, moral and cultural values. Painter Dragan Bartula showed the soldiers as symbols of absolute heroism, strength, spirit, courage and faith in their vocation, while Isidora Ivanovic unveiled women, mothers and children, as heroes who are waiting with the pain and suffering of their lost husbands, brothers, sons, fathers and represent a symbol of remembrance for the victims of the Great War, but at the same time a symbol of hope and faith.
The exhibition is complemented by photo and video material, as well as original historical artifacts from Serbia, Russia and France from the period of the First World War, in order to faithfully present the historical events and close relations between the three countries. Demonstrating the pages of history, the entire display pays tribute to the selfless courage and willingness of people to give their lives for their country, defending its people and culture.
The exhibition will run from 01.08- 31.08.2014 in Gallery Progres, Zmaj Jovina 8-10, 11000 Belgrade

About Isidora Ivanovic

In Isidora's art, the figure is not the only symbol, but the whole painting is a symbol, together with the background which spreads out of the physical frame of the painting. Isidora's complete art represents a symbol... Value of her art lies in a masterfully connected matter and spirit, ideas and emotion, facts and fantasies. In her paintings Isidora lives her fairy tale. Is it perhaps also ours? (from the text by Marina Cvetanovic, art historian)