Andrija Maurović is best known in Croatia as 'the father of Croatian comic strips'. Published in 1935, Vjerenica mača (bride of the sword) which Maurović drew to the text of writer Krešimir Kovačić is considered to be the first comic strip by a Croatian author. Between the two world wars, Maurović was popular as comic strip artist, a medium in which he continued to work throughout his life. But Maurović's art was not restricted to comic strips. The exhibition focuses equally on posters, illustrations, caricatures and other visual media as well as his comics. Maurović started to publish his drawings in 1921, working with cartoons while living in Dubrovnik. His early work was influenced by Italian artists, but after his arrival in Zagreb in 1923 his work took on more of a German influence. 'This exhibition isn't a retrospective view of Maurović's work, it's rather a study of his creativity through themes of political ideologies and erotic/pornographic motives' says Frano Dulibić, professor at the Department of Art History at Zagreb's Faculty of Humanistic Sciences, who curated the exhibition. 'The selection of work in this exhibit offers a view on Maurović's ideological beliefs in various media and art technics.' Maurović was not initially motivated by politics, but his left-leaning views were eventually reflected in a great number of his works. Maurović was jailed twice during the Croatian fascist dictatorship in the 1940s. Thereafter, he moved to the partisan-controlled te
Celebrating 80 Years of the Meštrović Pavilion (pictured), this exhibition honours the work of its designer, the architect, sculptor and writer Ivan Meštrović. Taking place inside the Atelier Meštrović, an art museum with a permanent exhibition of Ivan Meštrović's works, the exhibition was constructed by Barbara Vujanović and is a continuation of the research which went into her book 'Meštrović’s Mark in Zagreb', published last year, in which she examined Meštrović’s heritage and work in the museums and churches of Zagreb. The exhibition consists of visual installations by the artist Ivan Marušić Klif which will show all the fascinating phases of the Meštrović pavilion: the building was originally the Home of Croatian Artists (1938-1941), before being commandeered as a mosque (1941-1945). Following the Second World War it became the Museum of National Liberation / Museum of the People’s Revolution of Croatia (1949 – 1991 .), before being returned to the Home of Croatian Association of Artists (1993 – today). Accompanying text to the exhibition comes from Czech art historian Vendula Hnídková, from the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, this exhibition looks at the end of the conflict, the subsequent collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire (of which Croatia has been a part) and the implications this had for Croatia. Following the war, Croatia was absorbed into a new entity named the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which officially became Yugoslavia in 1929. The exhibition looks at the social and economic results of the war, the optimistic accession into Yugoslavia and the disappointment when the new state failed to live up to expectation. The exhibition uses a large amount of pictures and documentation, showing not only key members of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Serbian royalty and Croatia's leading politicians of the day, but also evidence of the day-to-day lives of people in Croatia living through these years of transition and economic strife.
Vladimir Becić is one of the most significant painters of Croatian modern art. Born in Slavonski Brod in 1886, after initial studies in Zagreb he went on to study at Munich's prestigious Academy of Arts. He attended the academy at the same time as three other Croatian painters, Oskar Herman, Miroslav Kraljević and Josip Račić. So key were the three to Croatian 20th Century art that they were often compared to each other and were collectively known as the Munich Circle or Munich Four. After Munich, Becić spent two years studying and working in Paris before returning to Zagreb in 1910. Following a period working in Osijek, Belgrade and Bitolj, he joined the army just before the start of the First World War, working as an artist near the frontline, drawing soldiers and the wounded. After the war, he changed tack, spending time in a village near Sarajevo painting landscapes and rural subjects. In 1924 he returned to Zagreb to become a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, a position he held until 1947. From 1934 he also became a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. This exhibition holds paintings from the length of Becić's career and shows his work from each of the places he lived and worked. It contains paintings from several museum collections as well as privately owned paintings plus several new discoveries, recently unearthed and never before exhibited.
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 new 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.
In the time honoured traditions of techno, Gesloten Cirkel managed to obscure his identity for much of the decade he's been makingbrash, breaks-laden techno and electro for Holland's hip Murder Capital label. The reportedly Russian producer steps out of the shaows for his Croatian debut in late February for an afterparty-hours session that begins at 2am on Friday night and could finish anywhere around midday Saturday. The flashes of proto-techno, '80s electronica and the overwhelming flavour of Detroit in his productions should serve as the perfect soundtrack at this time of night for the darkly lit throngs here. Support on the night comes from Pytzek and Mislav, residents for the Barba (and Burek) labels who host, plus Ivna Ji.
Groove metal/heavy rock band She Loves Pablo play a hometown gig to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Support comes from Apey & The Pea.
The Berlin-based Stil vor Talent label has released everything from dreamy-house to complex electronica and floor-shaking techno. Two of their highlight artists appear at the next installment of regular Zagreb house music night Tanzen. Teenage Mutants (pictured) have been around since 2012, but only now are releasing their debut artist album 'Search For The End' which is issued by Stil vor Talent in two parts, in May and August of 2019. Expect a sneak preview of the sounds it contains on the night. The next Stil vor Talent artist to appear on the night is energetic DJ talent Niko Schwind whose latest album 'Gripping World' the label released.
Jutro Poezije, which is Croatian for morning of poetry, is among the world's oldest weekly forums for poetry and has held sessions continuously for 54 years. The first meeting, on 28th December 1964, saw famous Croatian poets Gustav Krklec, Vjekoslav Majer and their peers gather in a pub Tingl Tangl to recite poetry and drink in honour of the anniversary of Russian poet Jesenjin's suicide. The meet up became a nomadic weekly before finally settling on the venue in which it's held today, Pod Starim Krovovima, a classic Zagreb pub whose name is translated as Under Old Roofs. Ever since, it has been one of the best and most reliable opportunities to hear Zagreb's top poets, both famous and less known. Much fresh talent and those new to poetry attend and anyone is welcome to perform, in whichever language they speak. The forum's first section contains a main guest performance, after which anybody who wants to share their poetry may take the floor. The atmosphere is Bohemian and friendly and poets expressing themselves in any language are welcomed.by Ivor Kruljac
The 4th edition of the Olive Festival gathers many of Croatia's best producers and experts and is the perfect place for visitors to sample the huge range of flavours and varieties that come from the country. Olive oils will be served with bread, crackers or paired with cheeses and wine. Also, there will be a large range of olive oil-based products on show. Organized by the Zagreb Olive Institute in cooperation with the Croatian Advisory Service for Agriculture and Forestry and the Zagreb Fair, this is perhaps as close to an annual olive summit as Croatia gets. Although enjoyed by many who enjoy the fresh and vibrant varieties of oils, it is also a key event for those who operate within the industry and will feature evaluation and advice panels and discussions, exhibitions of the latest equipment used in production and workshops dedicated to cooking with olive oil. Olive growers from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro will all take part.