CHEZ 186 has been active on the Croatian graffiti scene for over two decades and is one of the movement's leading lights in the country. His first paintings were done using spray cans, in his native Slavonia. This exhibition, entitled '31 Days', features ten of the artist's most recent spray can works. He has previously used walls, roofs, abandoned buildings and train carriages as canvases for his work and his best-known works remain those that exist outdoors on permanent public display. But, in more recent years, he has also produced works in the studio on more traditional artist canvasses, such as those presented here. '31 Days' has its launch at 8pm on Tuesday 12 February.
Californian band Hed PE emerged in the '90s, their rap vocals and metal funk sound being very much comparable to peers such as Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have so far released ten studio albums, one live album and three compilations. Support on the night comes from Croatian groove metal band Cold Snap and American-based Italian band What A Funk.
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
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.
Živa Voda is a collective of Zagreb-based musicians who here present their first mini-festival, occurring indoors and over just one evening. Headliners Mimika Orkestar (pictured) are an extensive ensemble of expert musicians who combine jazz and classical influences with Balkan folklore. They are an astonishing band in the live arena and present a unique sound that you could not find anywhere else in the world.Their latest album, the fascinating and accomplished 'Divinities Of The Earth And The Waters' is their third and was released in 2018 to justly rave reviews. The Illyrica Ensemble is an international group of young musicians with diverse cultural roots and Truth ≠ Tribe is a side project of Mimika.
Formed in Brela, on the Dalmatian coast, Ischariotzcky are without doubt one of Croatia's best and most exciting new bands. Recent concerts in Zagreb have only added to the rumour that this group are the next big hope for the Croatian music scene and the fact that they sing in English only adds to their viability as an international export. Their widescreen, intelligent and ambitious sound is showcased on debut album 'Recovery', the release of which this date supports. Appearing at the concert is the most extensive line-up of the band to date, including Joško Klarić (vocals and keyboards), Petra Klarić (vocals), Jure Brekalo (drums), Petra Šošić (vocals and keyboards), Jakov Puharić (guitar), Stipan Popović (acoustic guitar), Ivan Srzić (bass guitar), Borna Augustinović (percussion), Danijel Curić (trumpet), Tea Bašković (trombone) and Valentino Juras
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.
Damir Hoyka's 'Pop Zoo' is a pop art exhibition using images of endangered animals in an effort to highlight their importance and preservation. The White-Handed Gibbon, Chinese Leopard and Bali Myna are some of the eleven animals Hoyka photographed at Zagreb's zoo and are here presented as black and white images in a fat layer of shadow on a pink background. An award winning photographer, Damir is best known for the 'Celebrity Fair' series in which he portrays Croatian celebrities in unrealistic, wacky situations and in which he also regularly uses animals. Each exhibit is accompanied by written details, in both Croatian and in English, which offer artistic and zoological details about the animal depicted.by Ivor Kruljac
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.
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.