Savage Drawing by Voja Jakič, 1973.

The Collection of Works of Art contains an exceptional work by Vojislav Voja Jakić, one of the greatest marginal artists in this area, entitled “The Savage Drawing”. It arrived at the Museum thanks to the humane gesture of Borko Gvozdenović (1937), a writer and long-time journalist of the newspaper “Politika”, a native of Sirča near Kraljevo, from a famous family of village teachers. Borko was a great friend of Voja Jakić, when he recently described him:
“A very honorable, honest and unusual man, with his bugs in his head …”

After Jakić’s large exhibition of drawings at the Cultural Center Belgrade (1973), entitled “Mammoth Drawings”, the author presented Borko with his work “Savage Drawing”, which is 6.22 m long. Due to its large dimensions, the drawing was placed in the Gvozdenović family house in Sirča. The difficult storage conditions, as well as the awareness that such a work should adorn the museum space, prompted Borko Gvozdenović to donate the “Savage Drawing” to the National Museum in Kraljevo in 2007.

With this noble gesture of trust and good will, we became richer for the exceptional work of Voja Jakić, who is known as our most important marginal artist, whose works are in the permanent exhibitions of the largest museums for marginal art in the world (Collection de l’Art brut in Lausanne).

He was born in 1932 in Kavadarci (Macedonia), and has been engaged in artistic work since 1954. He lived and worked in Despotovac. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has won several awards and recognitions: Award of the October Salon, Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzorić” in Belgrade; Grand Prize of the Tenth Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art, Museum of Naive Art in Jagodina. He has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad, as well as at important international exhibitions. He died in 2003.

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