The Kolektiv will be celebrating its anniversary with a series of events, including two large exhibitions. An exhibition entitled "The Beginnings of Modern Graphic Design in Serbia (1950-1970)", opened just recently in June, and was prepared by art historian Gordana Popović-Vasić.
The goal of this exhibition is to present works in graphic design -- i.e. posters, books, symbols and other works from the field - created between 1950 and 1970, and to illustrate the emergence of a new attitude toward this applied art form in Serbia.
According to the exhibition's author, the period in question is important because it is during this time, in 1970, that graphic artists moved away from Socialist Realism and founded the Students' Cultural Center in Belgrade.
"The exhibition is accompanied by a serious publication, based on which a monograph will be prepared next year. The period dealt with was a time before computers, a time when not even television was dominant, when there were no billboards, but when posters and other printed promotional materials were used instead," Ljiljana Cinkul explains.
The posters displayed mostly come from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, but material for the exhibition was also gathered from the National Library and State Archives, the Belgrade University Library and Belgrade City Archives, as well as from private collections.
For the fall of 2009, Cinkul has announced a large exhibition of works from the Grafićki Kolektiv's collection, which will most likely be staged at the Heritage House in Belgrade, and which will serve as a kind of testimony to six decade's of the Collective's work.
A two-day seminar entitled "Graphics on the edge -- graphic arts and its border areas in the 21st century" was held in late May, also on occasion of the Collective's 60th anniversary, and was attended by leading regional and European experts in the field.
The speakers included U.K. theoretician Richard Noyce, the author of numerous articles on modern art as well as of the book "Printmaking at the Edge" (2006, 2008), in which he discussed graphic arts trends and border regions for modern visual arts through sample works by 43 graphic artists from 27 countries.
Among the Grafićki Kolektiv's significant activities are its traditional May exhibition of works by the Belgrade Circle, its Small Graphics exhibition, the Griffin Competition for the best work in graphic design, launched in 1996, and awarding of the national graphics prizes: the Great and Little Seal.