The first mural in Belgrade was painted in 1970 by my personal favorite Lazar Vujaklija. And then we had some amazing murals painted in the late 1980s by a group of artists commemorating the 9th Conference of the Non-Aligned Countries. This particular one, which you can find at Mileševska 57 in the smallest (and wealthiest!) municipality of Belgrade – Vračar, is perhaps my favorite mural in Belgrade that was created in the XXI century. Created by a local artist Biljana Đurđević in 2009, and inspired by a sports center that is located nearby and more specifically, the pool which she used to go to when she was a kid, the mural shows two older ladies swimming – older ladies are the most frequent visitors of the pool.
I love this mural because the colors are bold, the shapes are soft and it’s huge! I spent the first couple of months debating in my head if it was a humongous print (the painted tiles look like strings) or a mural – it has the visual quality of an illustration that you don’t usually find painted on such a large scale but rather as an accompanying piece in a magazine. Make sure you look at it from different angles and come closer to it. My favorite detail of the mural? The ladders on the bottom part of the building.
And if you fancy a 20-minute walk once you’re there, make sure to also check out this mural of a person falling asleep, something more minimalistic and subdued.