Historical Background of
the Association of Fine Arts Niš - LUNA
The Association is a centre
of artists, as well as other appreciators of fine arts of
various thematic interests and creative techniques.
The Association became institutional first as
the Amateur Association of Fine Arts of Niš
"ADLUN" in 1969, under auspices of JNA Cultural Centre,
along with the Association of Professional Artists, and after 1973,
this Association came under auspices of the Association of Amateurs of Niš.
The first President of the Association of Amateurs of Fine Arts of Niš was ŽivojinLekić.
After him, this Association was seccessfully headed, for almost ten years, by
Đorđe dr. Mačukanović. These twu artists were the founders of
the Association ADLUN (todey LUNA).
1973 an outstanding exhibition of the members of the Association was held
from 21st to 27th May, where 21 members exhibited their works. The interest
of the visitors showed that the painting art can have promising
future in our town.
has a corresponding social status and good artistic reputation,
thanks to help and cooperation of competent institutions and individuals,
on local as well as on the state level.
Great help and support in the
previously mentioned period, but also later on, was given by the Association
of Amateur Artists of Niš, Cultural and Educational Society of Niš - KPZ,
JNA Cultural Centre and Cultural Centre of Niš - NKC.
On the level of Republic of Serbia,
our Association was helped by: the Associoation of Amateurs of Serbia, by organizing
REPUBLIC REVIEWS OF FINE ARTS, as well as by organizing painting
colony "17 watermills" in Donji Dušnik (founded in 1977).
The mentioned reviews,
where the most successful members of ADLUN / LUNA
take part, are held every year (since 1980).
The third review of Amatereus
of Fine Arts of Serbia was held in Niš from 25th October to
the 1st November, 1983 organised by: the Association of Amateurs of Serbia,
Association of Amateur Artists of Niš and Cultural Centre "Josip Kolumbo"
from Niš, where 86 artists from entire Serbia took part.
Niš was represented by four painters and five sculptors from "ADLUN",
the fact thet speaks for itself and underlines the outstanding participation
of our Association, noticed by its artistic achievements.
It is interesting to mention that
the Association itself, as well as the remarkable individuals had a
number of successful contacts with other Associations and artists.
So, our Association realized the cooperation with our outstanding
painter in the 80's of the last century,
Milić from Mačva (Milić Stanković), through a group of our
surrealists headed by the painter Siniša Stamenković.
Analysing the achieved quality of
works of our members, it is worthwhile mentioning the professional
opinion of our art historian Vojislav Dević who, in the catalogue
from 1981 said: "Among amateurs of Niš today, there are some who can
be equalled with professional artists...
Some members of the Association were rewarded for the achieved high
level of artists work at Yugoslav Amateur Reviews".
Summarising the work of
the Associattion we should underline the following:
During four decades, about 350 artists of the Association
exhibited their works at collective and individual exhibitions.
We are proud to mention
that the Association 2003, was awarded SILVER PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMATEURS OF SERBIA
for 34 years of artistic work and the achieved results in fine arts.
According to the Association files that we
possess since 1980, ever since The Reviews of Fine Arts of Serbia
are held, the following members of our Association were awarded with the Republic prize:
1983, SILVER PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION
1984, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION
1988, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION
1989, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION 1990, SILVER PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION
1991, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION, 1994, 1995, SILVER PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION
1996, BRONZE PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION
1991, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION 1996, SILVER PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION
2002, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "Suva Planina - peak Trem", oil on canvas 55x75 cm
2002, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "Black rose", pastel 64x73 cm
2003, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "From you", sculpture in wood 36 cm
2004, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "Panorama", oil on canvas 60x80 cm
2005, SILVER PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION "Old Niš - back yard", oil on canvas
2006, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "Djavolja Varoš (Devil's Town)", sculpture in wood 35 cm
2009, BRONZE PLAQUE OF THE ASSOCIATION "Snow on Suva Planina ", oil on canvas 75x55 cm
2009, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "Stambol gate and hamam", oil on tar-paper 30x44 cm
2010, DIPLOMA OF THE ASSOCIATION "Sunset in winter", hand-made paper 30x40 cm
We truly believe that the city of
Niš can be proud of such achievements, regardless of the fact that
our Association never asked for more than it can get from the City
and that no amatereurism, including fine arts, gets appropriate
treatment in valuing the quality.
In any case, our Association has
two basic harmonized coordinates:
in creative aspect - to achieve the highest artistic expression and
experience, and in social one - the motto is: happiness is to create,
to associate, to help each other, to enjoy creative work of your own,
and work of others.