SERBIA - National review, No 61
SERBIA - National review, No 62


Prologue

It is not easy to solve equations without unknowns and brandish an empty gun. Even big uncertainty is better than bad certainty. Can we be happy for winning if we made a bet on our ruin? In the lobby of another fickle summer, one’s head is filled with easy answers to difficult questions. That’s why we aired ourselves while traveling. We were in Rusanda spa resort, in Weavers’ Palace in Rakari, in the Holy Land, in the mystical Petrovaradin. We were reminded of Ljubica Marić, Ljuba Popović, Šejka. We talked with Žarko Dragojeviće, Mihailo Dudaš... It is easier to start going than to go back. <

GALLERY
A house in Rakari near Mionica (Photo: Dragan Bosnić)
Wild horses on the Old Mountain (Photo: Josip Šarić)
Salt lake in Melenci near  Zrenjanin (Photo: Miodrag Grubački)
Flying umbrellas in Belgrade (Photo: Josip Šarić)
At the fair in Ruma (Photo: Želјko Sinobad)
A window in Subotica (Photo: Josip Šarić)
Weavers’ studio in Rakari (Photo: Dragan Bosnić)
In the gold of Zlatibor (Photo: Svetlana Dingarac)
Leonid Šejka: ”Kuzanus’s Room”, 1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS 

Prologue
LATE SPRING AND YOUNG SUMMER OF 2017
Serbian Games of Chance

Vitrage
NUMBERS, EVENTS, INTERESTING THINGS

Album
LEARNING ABOUT THE WORLD WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
Searching for Oneself

Destinations
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF RUSANDA SPA RESORT IN MELENCI
Medicine from the Bottom of the Sea
It has been proven that this salt lake is a part of the Pannonian Sea. Medicinal properties of the mud from its bottom has long been known, and apparently this is the origin of the name of the village of Melenci (melem=drug, ointment). People come here to treat rheumatic, skin or gynecological diseases. The spa complex is in a pine and lime forest, in a protected area inhabited by more than two hundred bird species. The people of Banat, even residents of Melenci, should recall the time when their ancestors were not waiting for investors or magic wands to arrive from afar, but they knew themselves what to do

Text and photo: Miodrag Grubački

Gatherings
IN RUMA, ON THE FAIR GROUNDS, 270 YEARS OF PRIVILEGES
Everything and Anything, like at a Fair
One can find everything and anything there, even money. These used to be large marketplaces, strategic goods, cereal and livestock exchanges, and today it looks more like an enormous flea market, but it is still picturesque and useful. If it had not been, it would not have survived since 20 July 1747, when Maria Theresa gave Ruma the first privileges. Every third day in a month, the number of people that gathers here from all sides, domestic and foreign, could create another Ruma. It is simply unbelievable what you can buy here. ”I don’t know what you are looking for, but you will find it here”

By: Miloš Lazić
Photo: Želјko Sinobad

Pilgrimage
EASTER DIARY FROM THE HOLY LAND
Following the Footsteps of God-Man
On the Stone of Anointing, next to the Church of Holy Sepulchre, I pray for a long time, deeply. Tears run down my face, of love, of joy, of grace. I smile. I can fit into a rosary bead. In Golgotha, I put my hand into the hole where the Holy Cross was raised and find a pebble. I still keep it and I’ll take it to my last journey. In Cana of Galilee I touch the stone dishes in which Christ turned water into wine. In Small Galilee, I stand in the place where the Doubting confessed faith. Near the Jaffa Gate, I wait for the Holy Fire, reaching me through many hands. I pull it near my beard, but it doesn’t ignite. Only my heart is on fire

By: Nebojša Jevrić

Roads
IN TKAČKI DVORI IN RAKARI NEAR MIONICA, WITH ARTIST ZAGORKA STOJANOVIĆ
By the Codes of Tradition
Weaving is for her like a creative activity, true traditional record, the flow of the deepest essence of the nation. She takes over, she says, the beauty and spirit of old nameless weavers. She knows that all weavers, at all times, weave on the same thread and invoke the same light. She is happy for belonging to it. She sold an apartment in the center of Belgrade and bought a neglected farm on the hill in the village of Rakari. There, finally, she has won her freedom. She has built her own world centered on an old linden tree. Her viewpoint. And she showed us that there is a choice, thank God

By: Dušica Milanović

Textbook
MYSTICAL PETROVARADIN AND THE SECRET MESSAGE OF ITS SACRAL SYMBOLISM
The Lady of Tekyeh
The last point of Petrovaradin towards Sremski Karlovci is marked with an interesting ”cornerstone”: a neo-gothic Catholic Church of Mary of the Snow (Our Lady of the Snow). Although it sounds paradoxical, it is enough to say The Lady of Tekyeh, and everyone will know. We will stop in front of this church, by which lines of vehicles constantly pass. We’ll thus evoke spaces and times, meet a multitude of exciting people, see temples, imbue knowledge, observe important events. While we’re standing, all that will pass in front of us

By: Đorđe M. Srbulović

Harmonies
MUSIC OF DREAM-LIKE REALITY IN THE GREAT SERBIAN COMPOSER’S WORKS
Cantata for Ljubica M.
”Ingeniously talented woman”, ”priestess of art”, Ljubica Marić (1909–2003) traveled a long way and enchanted Europe on several occasions. She brought her ”mystical stained glasses of sound” from the greatest depths of sacral tradition, soil and nation, using the entire arsenal of modern music. She studied composition, violin, conducting and piano in Belgrade, Prague, Berlin. She performed with Stravinsky and Bartok, was one of the first female conductors in Europe, member of the Serbian Academy since 1963. The year 2009, marking hundred years since her birth, was proclaimed by UNESCO as the year of Ljubica Marić

By: Petar Milatović

Old Masters
EXHIBITION OF LJUBA POPOVIĆ’S (1934–2016) PAINTINGS IN VALJEVO
A Painting’s Internal Geometry
We’ll never completely decipher his work and we’ll never stop trying. This spring, the people of Valjevo remembered their famous townsman with a large exhibition in the ”Modern Gallery”, with some works seen for the first time in public, and accompanying promotion of the second edition of ”Ljuba” monograph

By: Svetlana Mićunović

Worlds
HONORING THE 85TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF PAINTER LEONID ŠEJKA
Dialectics of the Wondrous
He was considered one of the most important XX century traditionalists and avant-gardists. His works precede fluxus, neo-dada, lettrism, box-art. He was among the first in our lands involved in Performance, informal art; he painted some of the first hyper-realistic paintings in the world, announced object art and aesthetics of catastrophism of the nineties, junk art, contemporary art based on collections, introduced conceptualism in his creative work, left the first examples of the so-called memory painting and announced post-modern art. (...) This was an opportunity to recall all that once again

By: Dejan Đorić

Life, Novels
ŽARKO DRAGOJEVIĆ, FILM DIRECTOR, SCRIPTWRITER AND ESSAYIST, ABOUT EPOCHAL CHALLENGES AND RETURN OF THE WILL TO MEANING
Our Mistakes due to Goodness
The homeland is a permanent inscription in our spirit and soul. As we become older, we understand its depth and universality more clearly. We overlooked the values of what we’ve got and thus lost so much so easily. We live in the world of showbiz, media ”sound and fury”, realities, advertisements and submission, in order not to live in the world of spirit and resistance. The role of those surrogates is repressive and destructive. A modern human has reached a dark dead-end and his only hope is returning to the original meaning. Re-foundation and re-integration. The basis of the Serbian biological decline is spiritual, not material. If we don’t find a cure in the spiritual, we won’t find it anywhere

By: Branislav Matić

Winner
MIHAIL DUDAŠ, THE BEST SERBIAN COMBINED EVENTS ATHLETE
Being Better than Yourself
The law of athletics is strict and honest: you’re alone in the arena and everything depends on you. You compete to overcome yourself, not to defeat other competitors. Sports is a great privilege, because, among other things, it enables the athlete to live a game. I always add the fighting aspect, because I have it in my character. The power of overall manipulation and inversion around us today is enormous, almost demonic, and represents a great temptation. If we remain faithful to our proven values, we’ll survive and win

By: Dejan Bulajić

Support
PREVENTIVE EXAMINATIONS, SIGNIFICANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY SPORT
The Traps of Overtraining
As much as a contemporary man had problems due to unhealthy lifestyle and lack of physical activity, doing sports in inadequate way also carries its risks. Exposure to efforts that the body is not ready for, or too intense workload over a longer period, with insufficient recovery, are dangerous to health, sometimes even life-threatening. Experts in the field of sports medicine know the balance and have solutions. We should listen to them

Studies
IMPORTANT NEW CERTIFICATE FOR BELGRADE BUSINESS SCHOOL
European Quality Management
By obtaining certification for its quality management system in April this year, BBS has made another big step in the direction of compatibility in the field of European higher education. It brings a number of positive effects, for the benefit of society and all participants in the educational process, but also creates an obligation to continue the improvements

Text: prof. Dr. Marijana Vidas-Bubanja, prof. Dr. Zorana Antić

Connections
”TELEKOM SRBIJA” CONTINUES TO INVEST IN KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT
Support to Technological Entrepreneurship
Within the program ”mts startup acceleration”, EUR 20,000 has been allocated as a grant to young entrepreneurs for further development of their products. According to the vision of this company and Startit organization, by 2020, 100,000 young IT experts should be trained in Serbia, who will stay in the country and develop their own business solutions

Recognitions
TWO PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN AWARDS TO ”MERKUR” FROM VRNЈAČKA BANЈA
Recognized Achievements
Awards for the best Balkan hospital to ”Merkur” and for the best manager to Dr. Dejan Stanojević were presented at a ceremony in London, within the summit ”Achievements 2017”. The award comes at the time when ”Merkur” celebrates seventy years of successful work, and this gives it special significance

 


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