17 Jun A wet day in Belgrade
Our last day in Belgrade before catching the overnight train to Sofia just before 10pm tonight. We knew it would rain but right now it’s absolutely tipping it down, bouncing off the pavement type of rain! A perfect day for seeing the galleries but most of them are closed for ‘reconstruction’ – and have been for months or years! But there are a couple of places to catch some art.
One was an exhibition of the political illustrations of one Jugoslav Vlahovic. Brilliant, witty and profound – such a treat. Lots of anti- fascism, anti-establishment stuff as well as superbly ironic studies of the situation of man. Plus a very amusing series on cats! Google him and see if there’s anything there, certainly he has been published in some foreign papers.
It was a brief and welcome shelter from the rain and a new window into the Serbian psyche. We had another art destination, happily in the vicinity. In an effort to spin out the day, and in an episode of unusual prescience on our part, we stopped off at a bar with a sketchable view for a small libation and a taking stock of the day. And this is where I write this blog, in the protective custody of the Lorca Cafe’s brollies
/ sunshades with not a poet in sight, but an artist at hand …….