Novi Sad, the city that recently found itself on the prestigious UNESCO list in the category of digital and new media, will unveil a contemporary sculpture dedicated to one of its most innovative artists, Mitar Subotić Suba, also a UNESCO award winner.
The setting of the sculpture on the Suba’s Plateau, tomorrow, 3 November, at 1 p.m., will complete the story of another legacy of the European Capital of Culture project, at the very entrance to Liman Park, where the first open-air gallery in Novi Sad was set last year, with a new practice of exhibiting artistic flags.
’With four of the most prestigious European and world titles in the field of culture, Novi Sad is one of the few European cities with such an achievement. However, raising a contemporary sculpture to the pioneer of electronic music not only further distinguishes it, but points to two important things. The first one, that through all these recognitions, our city began to celebrate hitherto insufficiently distinguished great people in the field of culture and science, such as Mileva Marić Einstein, Milica Stojadinović Srpkinja, Milutin Milanković and others. The second, that Serbian Athens supports and knows how to value contemporary creativity. It will turn out that Mitar Subotić Suba, one of our very few winners of the UNESCO award, once again confirmed that he was a visionary and forerunner even to the declaration of Novi Sad as a UNESCO Creative City in the field of new and digital media, creating an unbreakable bond with it. Suba’s Plateau with a gallery of masts and a sculpture dedicated to the excellent Novi Sad artist is the best way to be proud of that fact,’ said Nemanja Milenković, CEO of the ‘Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation.
Milan Kulić, the author of the idea and the winner of the sculpture-architecture call for the creation of the sculpture, presented the energy of Suba’s creativity with his minimalist work, inspired by the simplicity and layered content of his music, which conquered the world. The conceptual solution for the sculpture was selected as part of a call previously announced by the ‘Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation in cooperation with the ‘Mitar Subotić Suba’ Foundation.
The five-member jury for the selection of the winning conceptual solution consisted of the president of the ‘Mitar Subotić Suba’ Foundation, Ruža Subotić, architect Dušan Stevanović, historian and director of the City of Novi Sad Archives, Petar Đurđev, full professor at the Academy of Arts and president of SULUV, Goran Despotovski and visual artist Boris Lukić.
Mitar Subotić Suba was one of the biggest and most recognized music producers in this part of Europe, as well as in Latin America. He composed music for films, theatre plays, ballet, television shows, commercials, and credits for Radio Novi Sad. He is the holder of the UNESCO Fund for the Promotion of Culture Award. He collaborated with many significant names, such as Milan Mladenović, Marina Perazić, Masimo Savić, João Donato, Bebel Gilberto, the bands Haustor and La Strada, and many others.