Selection-paintings of “permanent exhibition XIV-XX century” at the National Gallery of Macedonia (Daut Pasin Amam).


A permanent exhibition is housed in the National Gallery of Macedonia, founded in 1948 and is one of the oldest art institutions in the country. Situated in a cultural and historical monument of Islamic profane architecture. Facility – bath is composed of male and female with a total area of 900 m 2, built Daut Pasha in the second half of the 15th century.

National Gallery with its permanent exhibition once again confirms its major role in the Macedonian art as the center and evaluating substrate which is presenting the domestic and foreign public.

Hall 1 – Icons

In the past Macedonian artists were influenced by the Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting. Their desire to create works with a strong artistic expression and rich iconographic content that would satisfy the needs of the Macedonian Christian population almost always surpassed the local context. Today, some ensembles of wall paintings and icons occupy the highest positions in European and world history of art.

The elaborate review of the Macedonian art of the 20th century chronologically precedes the collection of icons as a reminder of the way to the top. Despite the displayed icons provide a complete overview of the development of icon painting, they art lovers give an overview of the style icons of the development time of Michail and Eutyches, Byzantine period, the works of Miyak Zografers the time of rebirth.

Hall 2 – profane painting

In the last decades of the reign of the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and early 20th century in Macedonia are going cultural revival. Macedonian builders, painters and engravers in this period achieved their creation. The painters Dimitar Andonov Papradiski , George Zografski, Kosta Vangelov, moving mainly between painting and painters’ engagement remarkable turnaround in Macedonian revival period. The religious themes in the spirit of Byzantine and post-Byzantine local program, they responding to the needs of the young Macedonian bourgeoisie turning to processing worldly topics. In this way they underline the development of profane art, bringing it closer to the contemporary European painting.

Hall 3 and 4 – Art interwar

The generation that laid the foundations of modern Macedonian art (D. P. Avramovski L. Licenoski, N.. Martinovski and D. Todorovski). With his artistic contribution, extensive and differentiated work of this generation, as well as their national and artistic identity had a real historical and cultural mission at that time in our country.

Hall 5 – Time to free creative expression

Six decades, it is time to free creative expression, prompting new groundbreaking processes in art. Unstoppable us break new stylistic directions (expressionism, surrealism, postkubizam, magical realism, etc..) With the emergence of new artists educated outside Macedonia.

Hall 6 – Abstract Art

Turn from the seventh decade was characterized by the emergence of abstract art (Informal Art as a painting material, Neo, icon-like works as a synthesis between past and present) that was inspired by the tendency of our artists to be included in the general European contemporary processes.

Hall 7 and 8

Works with finely shaped geometric details, new figuration with Mediterranean overtones, fantastic art, minimal art, Pop art, Hyperrealism, conceptual art and postmodernism announcement of the Macedonian art.

Hall 9

Fine twists in the eighties and early nineties, as a result of radical changes in the spiritual and aesthetic domains (works towards neo expressionism, European Constructivism, refined Neo, “plant” installations and “objects-environments”, etc..) The emergence of young artists with new aesthetic, contemporary dimension in the works which confirmed the cosmopolitan spirit of artwork in Macedonia in the 20th century.