Welcome to the weekend with our guide to the best events happening across Croatia. The week is over and it's time to attend concerts, sports events, exhibitions and more fabulous happenings over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Great things to do in Croatia this weekend
Founded in 1953, Zagreb Film is a Croatian film company known throughout the former Yugoslavia for its animation work. They have produced hundreds of animated films, as well as documentaries, television commercials, educational films and feature films, their most famous characters being Professor Balthazar and Inspector Mask. This multimedia exhibition will showcase the studio's successful history and many of the authors and artists who have worked on its animation from 1956 until today. A selection of over 200 animated films, documentaries and live-action works makes up the sizeable exhibition.
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.
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.
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.
Bribirska glavica in Šibenik - Knin county is one of, if not the, most significant archaeological sites in Croatia. Initially it was a Liburnians fort, which was supplanted by a Roman one and later became the Breberium, headquarters of Šubić Bribirski. They were the most powerful noble family of medieval times in the region. It is therefore of little surprise that at such an important historical site a lot of interesting things were left for us to discover. This exhibition covers the site's amazing history using historical texts, as well as paintings, pictures and found objects, portraying a period from prehistoric times to the early new-age.
Contemporary artist and Rijeka native David Maljković will be selecting pieces from the MMSU depot, demonstrating that the act of choosing what to show and how to show it is also a creative act, loaded with potential meanings. Malkjović himself is one of Croatia’s most internationally successful artists, and examples of his work have been snapped up by art institutions all over the world: the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York’s MOMA, and the Tate Modern in London can all claim to have a Maljković in their collection. A versatile conceptualist perfectly at home in any medium, Maljković is primarily known for his films, which deploy irony and humour alongside disconcerting visual tricks. His most famous work is Scenes for a New Heritage, in which a group of future explorers go and visit the (sadly derelict) World War II Partisan memorial at Petrova Gora. It was one of the first expressions of artistic interest in these abandoned monuments and is nowadays considered a classic of contemporary video art.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art existing in its new building, the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art will showcase over 200 artworks collected through donations and buyouts. Among the inclusions are 'Fitting Abstraction', which in 2014 represented Croatia at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and 'City ǀ Data ǀ Future - Interactions in Hybrid Urban Environment'. The museum was founded in 1954 as the City Gallery of Contemporary Art and since then has been researching, collecting, documenting and presenting to the public works that represent styles and phenomena of contemporary art. Over the last decade, the museum has increased its holdings by over 3000 works, over 200 of which will be displayed here.
Classical musical connoisseurs will adore this commemoration of a truly remarkable man - Dr. Franjo Kresnik. Dubbed ‘the man who can read violins’, Kresnik was an intellectual whose passion was the crafting of violins, and who is widely credited with restoring the art of Cremona Liuteria (that’s ancient string-instrument making, to non-aficionados). In a program to mark the 150th anniversary of Kresnik’s birth, world-class musicians will perform on their Stradivari and Guarneri violins. Though he was born in Vienna, Kresnik spent much of his life traveling through Central Europe and Croatia, considering himself to be a man beyond borders. What better place to celebrate his life than the Port of Diversity?
On 12 September 1919, Italian commander Gabriele D’Annunzio swept into Rijeka and declared that it belonged to Italy. What followed was one of the city’s most turbulent periods, where D’Annunzio’s proto-Fascist regime saw Croats - or anyone resistant to Italian rule - persecuted. In paintings of the period, Rijeka is often depicted as a martyred woman; yet women’s stories of the time have largely been left untold. This original and insightful exhibition changes that, by exploring the female experience of D’Annunzio’s rule. We hear moving first-hand accounts from native Rijekan women, who saw their home occupied and transformed. But there are also stories from women that had supported D’Annunzio, and some that had even been his lovers. It all adds up to a complex and human picture of one of the darkest times in Rijeka’s past.
Just arrived in Zagreb by plane and wondering what all those wonderful pictures are hanging in the baggage claim area? Well, it's an exhibition entitled 'Croatia, full of colour' by well-travelled, Zagreb-based writer and photographer Davor Rostuhar. Welcome!