You can either love them or hate them, but Belgrade murals are certainly a form of street art. You can find them in pretty much every city around the world. They often have a meaningful expression and carry certain messages. We know that graffiti and murals are not the same, but for convenience, we will use those words interchangeably. Here, we will introduce you to some of them, which have great artistic value, and which became the recognizable symbols of our city.
Powerful messages of Belgrade murals
Serbia and its capital, Belgrade, undoubtedly had a turbulent history. Forms of art, including street art, honor our history, culture, and famous people. Correspondingly, they subtly point out specific social issues or even carry political messages.
This mural (Pop Lukina Street) is by all means self-explanatory. Concrete and gray buildings are literally eating our trees. Thus, it really forces us to re-think the way we treat the environment we live in.
As a matter of fact, the artists frequently honor Serbian and international celebrities. They create the mural representing them. One of the most loved ones is dedicated to the most famous Serbian actors and couple, Dragan Nikolić and Milena Dravić. Even though they are sadly no longer with us, their legacy lives. The mural is in Nevesinjska Street, close to the place where they lived.
Then, in Savamala (Karađorđeva Street), an unknown artist gifted us this mural of Robin Williams.
Famous Savamala murals
Savamala, which used to be an industrial zone, is now the hub of creativity and arts. Many artists – local and foreign – contributed to making Savamala what it is today. There are plenty of different street art forms here, and we will use this chance to represent the most significant ones.
La Santa de Beograd
One of the most famous Belgrade murals is “La Santa de Beograd”. Located in the hip quart of Savamala, the Santa is a 20 x 9 meters large mural. The exact street is Karađorđeva 9, but you will have the best view from Branko’s bridge. The mural is the work of Guillaume Alby – Remed, a French artist. The Saint nurtures the city and shields it with her multiple hands. The golden egg between her feet symbolizes the new life and the eternity of our city.
Waiting for the sun
You will find another interesting mural very close to Santa, in Karađorđeva 51. The name is “Waiting for the sun” and the author is Aleksandar Maćašev. It was a part of the Mikser festival performance. The viewer needs to interpret the message. Do we all have different points of view? What do we see in this vibrant and gentrified part of the city? Are our eyes windows to the world? Come and decide!
Ghost People of Savamala
The incredibly cute Ghost People of Savamala are popping out at unexpected places in Savamala. The authors are Tijana Tripković and Barbara Dimić. They are adorable, but above all, they carry an important message. With small details, they show the plight of people who are suffering from gentrification and whose homes and workplaces have been affected. While it may be true that Belgrade Waterfront is definitely an ambitious project which reshapes the city, there are some critics. Many locals say that it is “killing” the spirit and traditions of the city and Savamala.
Belgrade murals and graffiti tour
If you want to see the Belgrade murals and graffiti and murals on your own, we advise you to stick to the Savamala district. See them while they are still there! More Than Belgrade team is surely ready to customize one of Belgrade City Tours or make a completely tailor-made Belgrade murals and graffiti tour just for you. Take a look at Belgrade from a completely new angle – from the perspective of a street artist.