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FYR of Macedonia/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

In the last decade the visual arts have been characterised by artistic diversity, ranging from "classical" painting and sculpture to contemporary works using video, installations, performances, computer art and alternative forms of expression.

There is a relatively well-developed network of museums and galleries that, in one way or another, deal with visual arts. However, only 2 institutions are entirely and professionally dedicated to studying and representing the visual arts: the National Gallery of Macedonia and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. The work of other institutions is important, too. Although not entirely dedicated to visual arts, it is part of the overall programme of activities of e.g. the Museum of the City of Skopje, the Cultural Information Centre in Skopje, the Art Gallery in Bitola, and the Art Gallery in Strumica etc.

Fine art gatherings are organised once a year (for 15 or 20 days) in artist colonies. Invited artists (local and foreign) attend and create work, and usually leaving afterwards several of their art works to the colony. They are significant actors in the production and especially popularisation of the visual arts. It should be pointed out that some of these colonies and especially the older ones (Prilep, Strumica and Resen) possess great and important collections of local and international art.

Table 5:    Art exhibitions in Macedonia, by type, 2014

 

Art exhibition organisers

Type of exhibition

Visitors

Total

One-man

Group

Retro-spective

Museums

12

108

62

42

4

36 715

Art galleries

3

32

17

12

3

7 400

Houses of Culture

15

114

47

63

41

16 500

MANU*

1

2

1

1

-

800

Cultural centres

20

240

118

104

18

103 400

Artists' associations

1

21

12

9

-

1 000

Others

16

48

19

28

1

20 900

Total

68

565

276

259

30

186 715

Source:    State Statistics Office, News Release No. 2.1.15.12
*              Macedonian Academy of Arts and Science

In 2014 there were 23 fine art colonies organised (25 in 2012), with 635 participants.

There are no special regulations for visual arts as they are mentioned in the Law on Culture.


Chapter published: 06-10-2015

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