Not sure what to do today? Well, you're in the right place. From exhibitions to festivals and concerts, there's plenty going on in the capital. Read on for our choice of the best things to do today, or read our weekly or monthly guide if you're planning further ahead.
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.
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!
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.
Founded ninety years ago, Zemlja or ‘Earth’ was one of the most influential movements in the history of Croatian art. As this major exhibition demonstrates, the artists who came together under the Zemlja banner shaped a distinctive Croatian visual style that is still very much around today. The main aim of the Zemlja group was to develop an art that could attract a broad public and also function as a critique of an unjust society. According to Zemlja, art should play a documentary role in recording what life in the then Kingdom of Yugoslavia was really like: it was no longer enough to idealize the peasantry as some kind of folkloric national bedrock clad in traditional costumes, you also had to describe rural poverty and do something about it. The other key aspect of the Zemlja philosophy was the creation of an authentically local art that would have local roots, and which would not simply be an extension of the latest art trend from Berlin or Paris. Most talented painter of the group was Krsto Hegedušić (1901-1975), an artist committed to depicting the realities of rural and working-class life. Together with painters Juraj Plančić, Ivan Tabaković and Oton Postružnik, he arranged exhibitions which had a clear socialist message. They formed the Zemlja movement in 1929, with architect Drago Ibler writing the manifesto. ‘You have to live the life of your times’ it declared, ‘because art and life are one.’ Hegedušić was also was a key sponsor of the self-taught village pain
Prejudice has shaped the lives of the Roma people since their first migrations from the Indian sub-continent into Europe, affecting the amount of integration possible and establishing cultural boundaries which persist. As a result, the Roma people very often live on the fringes of society, their lives and culture obscured from their relative neighbours. Nevertheless, their presence in the lands they inhabit has had great, positive effect on culture. In the Balkans, the region's rich and unique musical output has been impacted massively by the Roma, helping to produce many fascinating musical hybrids the likes of which the rest of Europe could only dream about. At this event in the Student Centre Gallery, the Zagreb-based Fade In association have collaborated with the Roma Resource Centre from Darda, near Osijek, to produce an exhibition that will take place in both Zagreb and in Slavonia. Stories of the Romani people is an exhibition of 18 personal stories from Roma people, most of whom are members of the Muntenci / Munćani, Ludari and Ardeljani / Erdeljci sub-groups of the Bajaši branch who have settled in Slavonia and Baranja. Although their personalities and stories are obviously unique and different from each other, brought together as a whole they provide a rare insight into the contemporary life and problems of their communities. One of the main tasks of the exhibition is to contribute to breaking prejudices and assisting in the ongoing attempts to integrate Roma into t
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.
The excitement of the annual Oscars event; discussions over which films should earn the prestigious award is a worldwide priority for screen nerds and Croatia is no exception. The 16th edition of this festival (occurring not just in Zagreb, but in the wider region as well) aims to position itself as the most glamourous cinema event in the city, an enthusiastic and domestic response to the Academy Awards and all their ceremony. The screenings will show a selection of 10 of this year's nominated films which earned most nominations and will be presented by Kaptol Boutique Cinema with the full film star treatment of red carpets, interior decorations and overall elegance to give a true Hollywood flavour. Films included in the programme are: 'The Joker', '1917', 'Once Upon a time... in Hollywood', 'Jojo Rabbit', 'Little Women', 'Parasite', 'Ford v Ferrari' 'Bombshell' 'Richard Jewell', and 'Knives Out'.