Promotion of the personal funds of Ante Popovski and Mateja Matevski

Donations from the personal funds of Ante Popovski and Mateja Matevski were promoted on May 30 at the NI Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence.

In the presence of many guests from cultural and social life, the museum presented documents, personal items, awards and recognitions, photographs and other materials, which the representatives of the Popovski and Matevski families donated to the museum fund.

At the opening of the ceremony, acting the director and author, Ana Kitanovikj, who emphasized that “the exhibition compositions from the personal fund of objects of Mateja Matevski and Ante Popovski will remain a permanent addition to the museum exhibition, as part of the Macedonia collection after the Second World War.

“The beauty of the event tonight is even greater, because we are all united by the written word in the work of Popovski and Matevski, as representatives of a “poetic generation that built the aesthetic foundations for the development of modern Macedonian literature”. I sincerely believe that the literary and cultural heritage of Popovski and Matevski will be an inspiration for every visitor to step into a not-so-distant time, to places where their majesty’s words and logos still echo today”, emphasized senior curator and author Danijela Trajkova – Krstikj in her address to the audience. Aleksandar Popovski and Denko Matevski addressed the ceremony on behalf of the families.

On this occasion, the museum also expresses its gratitude to the families for their trust, donating materials that will supplement the museum fund with materials for these two prominent Macedonian writers from the second half of the 20th century.

Ante Popovski (1931, Lazaropole – 2003, Skopje) is a Macedonian writer, poet and essayist, publicist, screenwriter, producer, translator, social scientist and academician. As a member of MANU and the World Academy of Poetry of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), he is profiled as one of the promoters of the Macedonian literary and cultural scene at the national and international level.

Mateja Matevski (1929, Istanbul, Turkey – 2018, Skopje) is a significant figure in Macedonian contemporary literature and culture, a poet of European lyrics, essayist, journalist, translator, literary and theater critic. Prominent social scientist and member of MANU since 1970 with a significant contribution to the field of literature and culture of Macedonia.

The activities are part of building close relations with the public through collecting important materials related to the road to Macedonian statehood and freedom, started from the opening of the museum until today.

The projects are part of the museum’s annual program for last year, realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture.

Photos by Denis Jagdzi and Aleksandar Kondev

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