The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection Novi Sad, Serbia

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection (Serbian: Спомен-збирка Павла Бељанског, Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog) is a public art museum in Novi Sad, Serbia. It displays paintings and sculptures by 20th century Serbian and Yugoslav artists, mostly from the interwar period. The collection bears the name of its founder and contributor Pavle Beljanski, Serbian diplomat and art collector, who donated his collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries to the Serbian people in November 1957. He continued to add works of art to this significant collection until his death. The collection consists of 185 works by 37 artists. The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection was opened to the public on 22 October 1961.

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, as a unique type of museum, bears the name of its contributor and founder Pavle Beljanski (19 June 1892 – 14 July 1965). As a diplomat and a great collector, residing in the European capitals, Beljanski had the oportunity to study great works of art, to meet famous persons of literature and science (Jovan Dučić, Ivo Andrić Rastko Petrović, Milutin Milanković, Veljko Petrović, Isidora Sekulić) and artists whose works would be represented in his collection. Pavle Beljanski bequeathed his collection of 185 artworks by thirty-seven artists, the most important representatives of Serbian modern art, to the Serbian nation by signing a special Donation Contract with the Executive Council of AP Vojvodina
(November 1957).

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection was opened to the public on 22 October 1961 in the building especially designed by architect Ivo Kurtović. Due to its architectural value the building was declared a cultural monument in 1992.

The Permanent exhibition of the Memorial Collection, apart from the collection of Pavle Beljanski which contains a representative anthology of the Serbian modern art from the first half of the 20th century, also includes two memorials: The Pavle Beljanski’s Memorial (1966) and The Artists’ Memorial (1971 ).