On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the exhibition “Karadjordje’s Murder” was opened at the Historical Museum of Serbia. After introductory words from Dr. Dušica Bojić, Director of the Historical Museum of Serbia, Dr. Miloš Ković, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, President of the Managing Board The Historical Museum of Serbia, and Nebojša Damnjanović, one of the authors of the exhibition, the exhibition was opened by Dr. Radomir J. Popović, Senior Research Associate at the Historical Institute.
The exhibition has been organized on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of Karadjordje, with the support and patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Information.
The exhibition seeks to reveal in detail the time that Karadjordje spent in exile, after he had left Serbia in 1813 following the collapse of the First Serbian Uprising, and especially his tragic end. The display shows the circumstances in the Belgrade Pashalik before the Uprising was proclaimed in Orašac at Candlemas in 1804, the development of the Uprising and its collapse in 1813, with a special accent on the circumstances and events leading to and following the tragic murder of Karadjordje in 1817, during times of frequently oscillating diplomatic and military support from Russia and Austria.
This tragic murder had far-reaching negative consequences for the state and political life of Serbia, and particularly for the relationship between the Karadjordjević and Obrenović dynasties, which marked the history of the Serbian people in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Visitors have the opportunity to see numerous authentic objects that belonged to the founder of the Karadjordjević dynasty, among which the following are to be singled out for their historical and/or aesthetic importance: Karadjordje’s signet ring, dolman and flag, as well as outstanding examples of his personal weaponry: his yataghan with white bone grip, his “ledenica” flintlock pistols and cartridge box with motifs of Saint George and Saint Demetrios, which capture the attention with their beauty and gorgeous ornamentation, testifying not only of the development of applied arts at the time, but also to the supreme quality of the old crafts and weaponry.
Authors of the exhibition: Vladimir Merenik, Boško Ljubojević, Nebojša Damnjanović and Borislav Korica.
Design: Izabela Martinov Tomović.
The exhibition is open until September 2018.
Guided tours are organized every Saturday at 1 p.m. Group visits can be scheduled by telephoning 3287-242.