By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade
The opening of cartoon exhibition in Belgrade’s “Ikar” gallery scheduled for this evening has been canceled for political reasons. The upcoming early elections in Serbia were the leitmotif of the caricatures by Predrag Prokopljevic prepared for the exhibition. Prokopljevic, “Politika” daily caricaturist, has received many national and international awards for his work. Despite the fact that he had many exhibitions in “Ikar” gallery, Prokopljevic was suddenly informed on cancellation on Tuesday.
In a short phone conversation Prokopljevic has been told that the reason for the cancellation of the exhibition was the political nature of his cartoons.
According to “Politika”, the cause for the cancellation may be the cartoon showing Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Deputy Aleksandar Vucic. The cartoon – portraying Vucic and Dacic as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (photo) – was printed on invitation cards for the opening ceremony and intended to be the part of the exhibition.
Prokopljevic said that “Ikar” gallery has offered him organization of the exhibition a month ago. “Nobody has required to see the works and they have contacted me again only after they saw the invitation cards”, Prokopljevic said.
The serbian Defense Ministry, which is the owner of the “Ikar” gallery, did not comment on the reasons for the cancellation of the exhibition.