After the elibertation starts the economically prosperous period for the city which represented a fertile soil for many academics to come to live and work in the city. During this period the library and city theater are built as well as many civil collectives and organizations. During 1880. Istvan Ivanyi becomes a founder of the Historic Collective in the municipality, the first of its kind. The first official assembly is held on the 11th of May 1883. and the aims of the Collective are set to be gathering, sorting and excavating antiques that have a significant role in the city’s historic and cultural heritage. Other than that, the Collective announces that it will accept donations for the museum exhibitions in form of antique objects for the completion of the numismatic collection as well of medals, archaeological, collection of documents, seals and coats of arms, a collection of printed books, manuscripts and monographs, discussion and maps relating to the history of the county, and a collection of papers, pamphlets and other printed matter. In 1887. The Collective is given an office in the basement of the Prefecture building and in 1906. it expanded its activities onto the gathering of ethnographic materials.
The Historic Collective is today known as the City Museum which consists of several departments: archeological, numismatic, ethnological, historic and a department of history of local art and a collection of contemporary Yugoslavian art. The museum has a collection of valuable books from the 18th, 19th and 20th century. The gallery of contemporary Yugoslavian art is located within the building of the museum itself and holds a collection of various artworks mostly bought on annual art exhibitions. An annual art exhibition known as “Galerija Likovne jeseni” was started in 1961. by the then manager of museum and one of the most prolific painters Milan Konjović. The exhibition displays many valuable artworks from paintings, drawings, prints and several sculptures and tapestries to abstract art and hyperrealism which all show a gradual artistic development and evolution of art in Yugoslavia from the 1960’s to date. The tradition of this exhibition was renewed in 2008.
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