As this year’s European Capital of Culture, Novi Sad will get a new art space in the form of an open-air gallery, on the first plateau in Europe dedicated to the pioneer of electronic music – Mitar Subotić ‘Suba’. This space, the legacy project of the European Capital of Culture, will remain open after the title year, for Novi Sad, but more importantly, all its artists. It includes the installation of 49 masts and 49 artistic flags in the part of the park which has been the Suba’s Plateau since 2012, and where a plaque with the name of this famous Novi Sad composer and producer is. During the following period, works on arranging this new art space will begin, where local, European, and international visual artists will be involved during various programme activities of the ‘Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture’ project.
The programme activity in this location is planned for the second half of March already, as part of the current ‘Migrations’ programme arch, with which we continue on with the programme of cultural events within the European Capital of Culture. The name of the exhibition is ‘MigrArt’ and is made in collaboration between five cities that have already borne the title of European Capital of Culture or will bear it in 2022. It will focus on the issue of the current economic, social, existential, or political migrations taking place in Europe, and in particular the artists’ respective countries.
The project is part of the application book from 2016 with which Novi Sad applied for the European Capital of Culture and is implemented by the gallery ‘BelArt’, which created the artistic concept of this space based on the architectural and urban idea of Liman Park, by architect Sava Forkapić in 2005.
In memory of Mitar Subotić Suba (Rex Ilusivii), a public contest for the conceptual design and installation of the sculpture in this part of Liman Park will be realized, as a joint initiative of the ‘Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation and the ‘Mitar Subotić Suba’ Foundation.
In addition to the ’Migration’ programme arch three more exhibitions are expected in the following programme arches: ‘Future of Europe’, ‘Fortress of Peace’ and ‘Kaleidoscope of Culture’, while the ‘Other? Europe’ programme arch will include the installation of a contemporary sculpture dedicated to Suba’s cosmopolitan spirit, along with other content such as the exhibition ‘Suba Room’ and a remake of his composition and musical installation in co-production with Goran Vejvoda: The Dreambird.
Mitar Subotić Suba was one of the biggest and most renowned music producers and a pioneer of electronic music in the old Yugoslavia, as well as in Latin America. He composed music for films, theatre plays, ballets, television shows, commercials, and jingles for Radio Novi Sad. He is the winner of a UNESCO prize for his contribution to culture. He has collaborated with many important names, such as Milan Mladenović, Marina Perazić, Massimo Savić, Haustor band, La Strada, Bebel Gilberto, João Donato and others.