‘The Great Liman: From industrial production to contemporary creative expression’ Exhibition from 2 until 5 September

Within the opening of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, from 2 until 5 September, the audience will have a chance to see the narratives of the site of Great Liman, within the ‘The Great Liman: From industrial production to contemporary creative expression’ exhibition, that will accompany the programmes in the whole Creative District. The exhibition produced by the ‘Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation, in cooperation with expert public, presents the continuation of the last year’s exhibition on Great Liman.

It will present how the former Great Liman was shaped and transformed in the various fields of industry, including classical industry, manufacture and art production, and cultural and creative industries, during the last century.

Multimedia exhibition will present the past of the famous centre for industrial production, thus focusing on the factories that forged the identity of this area to a large extent. Purpose of facilities has been changing through history, but it preserved the identity of the space that has been established with the construction of the factory complex between the wars.

The exhibition will present the archival materials related to construction and industrial development in Great Liman and visualise organic changes to the purpose of facilities that are located in this area, from their construction to today’s appearance.

In early 1920, at the site of Great Liman, along the Danube, Czechoslovak Ministry of Industry and Trade built the magazine, thus generating the formation of a new city industrial zone. Shortly thereafter, at the former swampy area, numerous factories, primarily those for metal, wood, and stone processing, as well as big warehouses, such as the ‘State Monopoly’, were built.

After the relocation of the ‘Petar Drapšin’ factory, mostly craftsmen, as well as youth associations and artists who revived the abandoned factory facilities, began to use the premises. Although neglected, in this period, the inherited facilities transformed into workshops for different crafts, art ateliers and places where young people gather.

Four days of the gala opening in Creative District, at the site of Great Liman, will be an overture to the five weeks of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, form 2 September until 8 October. Within five arts – architecture, literature, visual, applied and performing arts, programme will be held across Novi Sad, thus giving visitors an opportunity to choose and create their own kaleidoscope of culture.

Ars Electronica from Linz, the national pavilion of one of the most important European institutions for new media, will be presented during the opening of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, within which the ‘Differences: Garden’, a project by the Academy of Arts Novi Sad, will be presented. The CGA conference that will gather professionals in the field of computer graphics, as well as the ‘Matter Through Time. Sand, Wood, Stone, Metal in the Age of Digitization’ exhibition by the students from Austria’s St. Polten, will also be held.

The ninth art will also be presented at this year’s opening ceremony within the ‘A Comic Strip Tour of Belgium’ exhibition. The ‘Open Atelier’ exhibition by the three artists, Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Aleksandar Denić and Milan Nešić will be organised, while the audience will have a chance to see the ‘Pustinjsko polarni voz’ (en. Desert-Polar Express) sculpture by Gojko Dutina, along with the ‘Avenija mimova’ (en. Meme Avenue) project by Aleksa Vujović.

The audience will have an opportunity to enjoy the ‘Obnova’ Film Festival, plays within INFANT, the ‘Grand Hotel’ play by Madlenianum, the famous Belgrade theatre, as well as the unusual performance ‘Instable’, performed by the French artist Nicolas Fraiseau.

During the opening, music programme will include performances by the Repetitor band, Killo Killo Banda, Lisilo, and Dabiška, concerts by Zemlja Gruva and performances by DJs Vladimir Aćić, Novak, Zakiri and Lag.

Photo: V. Veličković