It's March, and spring is only a hop away. The days are getting longer, the streets buzzier and Zagreb's event calendar is heating up after the big winter freeze. Keep yourself busy with our round-up of the best events, exhibitions and concerts this month.
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Starting as a playfully ironic art installation and subsequently an international touring exhibition, the Museum of Broken Relationships has become one of Zagreb's most unusual and most popular museum attractions since opening in 2010. Housed in one of the Upper Town's finest Baroque mansions, the thematic display takes visitors through a series of different emotions associated with a break-up, illustrated by objects donated by members of the public. An electric toaster donated by a jilted American is accompanied by the laconic comment: ‘When I moved out, and across the country, I took the toaster. That'll show you. How are you going to toast anything now?’ Many exhibits are captioned with the kind of surreal narratives that frequently flow from fraught emotional states. Funny, tragic, fascinating, it was named 'most innovative museum' at the European Museum Awards of 2011.
Even though the French Pavillion is known in Zagreb today as a beautiful exhibition venue, in the past, the horrors of WW2 visited this space. It was in front of this very pavilion where Jews were gathered and deported to gruesome concentration camps in Croatia and beyond. In dealing with that sorrowful aspect of history, this shocking exhibition tells the story of those whose lives were lost, of those who survived and of those who witnessed the atrocities.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. The first lighthouse in Croatia is the one located in Savudrija, Istria, a beautiful attraction and a now-protected cultural asset. Commemorating 200 years of lighthouses in the country and the profession attached to them, this exhibition details the history of each from a Croatian perspective. Documents of time and technology, plus many photographs taken within the last two centuries will lift the lid of the buildings and the men who worked within them, plus trace the progress of this essential warning system for sailors to where we are today. The photo exhibits contain the work of renowned Croatian photographers, such as Željko Višić.
Internationally-recognised annual car show which draws auto-fanatics from all across Croatia and further still, at Zagreb Auto Show you can see some of the latest car designs, special and futuristic editions of some cars and witness the premiere of new vehicles and innovations to the industry. A must for petrol heads.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. Names such as Marija Jurić Zagorka or Ivana Brlić Mažuranić may not be familiar to many international visitors, but they are important contributors to the field of literature in Croatia. And both are from Zagreb. This exhibition, coinciding with the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, honours some of Zagreb's leading female artists who were operating in the Croatian capital from the late 19th century all the way to 21st century. An informative array of visual arts and media will form the exhibition display, including painting, sculptures and videos.