Welcome to the weekend with our guide to the best events in the capital. The week is over and it's time to attend concerts, exhibitions and more fabulous events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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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.
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.
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.
Over 100 images taken during Croatia's War Of Independence are presented in Up Close and Personal: War in Croatia, the first official exhibition at the Image Of War Photography Museum. The exhibition holds not only the work of professional Croatian, Serb and world-renowned photographers such as Peter Turnley, Dragoljub Zamurović, Ron Haviv, Christopher Morris, Romeo Ibrišević and Matko Biljak, but also photos donated by the public. Alongside the photographs are the testimonies of those who were caught up in the conflict. The exhibition depicts not only the actual conflict and those who took part but also the aftermath and the people who existed within that environment. Photographs of disturbed and injured participants in the war stand next to those of the distraught and grieving, plus those of children who make a playground in the scorched earth, destruction and rubble.