This article was developed within the program Venture an Idea funded by the USAID.

No, sunny November isn't exactly a thing in Serbia. But by the time you're reading this, the shiny days will have given way to flooding rains which offer just the perfect excuse to plan an indoor day.

For the purposes of here and now (and escaping Belgrade's bustle for a brief, cultured moment), we're exploring the most visit-worthy reasons to hop to the 2022 European Capital of Culture - Novi Sad.

Mileva: We are One Rock

A quiz question: do you know anything about Mileva Marić Einstein? Can you guess who she was?

That's right, she was the first wife of Albert Einstein, one of history's most quintessential scientists. But don't think of Mileva as some sort of a passive, supportive wife to her brilliant husband. Nossir. Mileva was a brilliant mathematician of her own who helped Albert with some of his early works.

The exhibition at the Novi Sad City Museum tells the captivating story of Mileva through a series of interactive artworks that draw inspiration from Mileva's correspondence with her husband and other scientists. It is a visual spectacle consisting of more traditional mediums like sculpture and painting, as well as new media artworks, 3D animations, digital sound, and, yes, holograms.

The show's been on since October 7th and open every day except Monday.

Coffee Break at Izlet

After such an arresting exhibition, a noon coffee & brunch would do just fine.

Still in Danube Park, a stone-throw away from the Museum you'll find Izlet, one of the most picturesque cafes around. For the more curious of you, the name translates as 'trip' and serves one of the best coffees in town.

The idea of Izlet is to merge the coffee service with the surrounding park. So, if the weather serves well, you can actually take the coffee, the accompanying blanket (provided) and sit anywhere in the park. Or just kick back and relax inside its greenhouse interiors.

Paja Jovanović and Gustav Klimt

If there's energy left in your tank, there's another top-shelf exhibition in Novi Sad opening in November. At Matica Srpska Gallery, started on October 13th, Paja Jovanović and Gustav Klimt exhibition pins the two seemingly disparate artists together by spotlighting three female portraits from three different museums in Novi Sad and Vienna.

Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and a spiritual leader of the Vienna Secession movement, while Jovanović veered more towards academic realism and brushed some of the most recognizable paintings in Serbian art. The portraits allow for a perfect segway into both men's artistic makeup, a look into their similarities and differences, as well as the shared cultural context that gave rise to their respective practices.

The show also marks 150 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Austria, so there's that, too.

What else is there, let’s see… we’ve got the November Fest (11th and 12th) – a showdown of the region’s best sausages and ‘čvarci’ (pork fat nuggets kind of stuff). The Jazz Festival is also around the corner (November 15th – 18th), as is the Start Up night bazzar and the Novi Sad fish market (November 17th).


This article is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this program are the responsibility of Nova Iskra and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government


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