With the exhibition “Jovan Dučić, to His Beloved Trebinje – The Trails of a Vision” from the Legacy of the Museum of Herzegovina in Trebinje, in the Gallery of the National Museum Kraljevo, the Žiča Spiritual Assembly “Transfiguration 2023” will be officially opened on Wednesday, August 16th, 2023, starting at 8 p.m. The exhibition, by Ivana Grujić, was organized on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the death of Jovan Dučić (1874-1943).
Exhibition consists of three sections, the first of which is dedicated to Dučić’s biography and diplomatic service and is presented with decorations, diplomatic uniform, correspondence, of which the letters of artists Uroš Predić, Toma Rosandić, Atanasije Popović, Rista Stijović are particularly interesting.
In the central part of the exhibition is an archaeological collection consisting of objects from the Roman and medieval periods – sculptures, parts of sarcophagi, stone sculptures and parts of church furniture that Dučić collected during his diplomatic service in Italy and which he sent to Trebinje in 1935, with the intention of part of it will be used to decorate the city, and part of it will be the basis for the formation of an archaeological collection.
In the third part, Dučić’s collection of paintings is presented, that is, the smaller part that was preserved by Mihailo Dučić after his death. Thanks to Mihail Dučić, the legacy of Jovan Dučić was brought to Trebinje in 1960 by the ship “Trebinje”.
The special importance of this exhibition is that Dučić is presented not only as a poet, but also as a diplomat, collector, exceptional connoisseur of art and as the first curator of the Trebinje Museum, given that he carefully kept an inventory book of his collection for the future museum. The exhibition was prepared by the curators of the Museum of Herzegovina in Trebinje: selection of objects and texts by Ivana Grujić, accompanying texts by Jelena Pujić, Tamara Rajković and Simo Radić, technical preparation by Slađana Delić.