St Lazar’s Hall in Bournville, Birmingham will be hosting an exhibition of Serbian medieval fresco copies from the monasteries of Kosovo and Metohija during September 2018. This unique occasion marks the first time such art has been displayed in the UK since the Yugoslav Medieval Fresco exhibition of 1953 at the Tate.
The original frescoes form part of the monastery walls and so cannot be transported. Therefore, the department of conservation and restoration at the Faculty of Arts in Belgrade has carefully recreated these beautiful images, which can now be enjoyed around the world. Father Nenad said,
“This collection of twenty frescoes depicts traditional Serbian and Byzantine Orthodox scenes from the Holy Gospels and images of saints. The frescoes originate from the 13th to 15th centuries. The collection was created using images from well-known monasteries such as Gračanica, Sopoćani and Visoki Dečani.”
The entry also includes the opportunity to see the only purpose-built Serbian Orthodox Church in the UK. The Church of the Holy Prince Lazar is situated next to the hall and is richly decorated with similar imagery as displayed in the exhibition. The renowned Serbian artist Dušan Mihajlović in the style of medieval Serbian monasteries painted the church interior in the 1960s and 70s.
The church has consistently been referred to as a ‘hidden gem’ in the city of Birmingham and provides a chance to imagine how the original medieval frescoes may have looked back in their prime.
On the 15th of September, free entry to the exhibition is available as part of the church’s Bournville Heritage Open Day. For ticket info and a full list of dates, visit lazarica.co.uk/events.
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