Truth be told, Belgrade is full of corners you would never discover on your own by simply wandering the streets; you could always use a small hint. Legat Franklin is an impeccable example of such a place: filled with books, situated in a stunning building in the city centre, while its balcony overgrown with plants is overlooking one of the oldest streets in the capital.
Once you’ve entered this spacious apartment, you will realize that – apart from the already mentioned books, which are obviously everywhere – the walls are covered with family photographs mixed with various artworks. The home of Sonja Franklin is primarily imagined to be a library, open for the public five days a week, providing guests with numerous titles that Mrs Franklin and her husband have gathered during the previous decades.
The curator/host notes that the Franklin collection consists of around 3500 books and 400 magazines that deal with comtemporary art, mainly dedicated to visual culture. Most of the books are in English, as the Franklins brought a considerable part of their paper treasure from the West; here you can find and explore some rather rare pieces, maps, catalogues etc.
This is an inclusive space and it is free of charge: anyone can join, read and talk, while Legat Franklin sometimes also hosts presentations/lectures of artist, curators and diverse collectives. Last but not least, you will always be welcomed with a cup of coffee or tea and, more often than not, with a piece of cake.