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
The Kontejner curatorial team’s slightly barmy Device Art triennial rolls on into 2018, continuing their fascination with artists who work through gadgets, machines, high technology and low technology to comment on our increasing reliance on the world of the device. This year the event is co-curated by ZHANG Ga, curator, media artist, and professor of communication arts.
Held in a courtyard building at 43 Ilica, illuminated lights direct visitors off the street's main drag and into this fair of charming handmade goods. The space here is regularly used for yoga sessions, but for three days they will instead serve to display craft good made by residents of Zagreb and the neighbouring locale. Children's toys, jewellery, ladies accessories and artistic pieces will all be on offer and the collection should definitely be worth popping in to see.
Anyone searching for the wilder side of traditional Balkan musics may have a tough time finding it Croatia. But, once in a while, a troupe visit who bring back sounds that were once more commonplace here. Kočani Orkestar are a Macedonian Romani trubači group who make a wild, fast, funky and festive sound. The band have been around since the late '80s and incorporate into their music elements of traditional dancing music from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, plus Turkish/Bulgarian rhythms unfamiliar to many western ears. They have recorded five of their own albums and received more global acclaim for two collaborative albums made with famed Romanian troupe Taraf de Haïdouks. True to the multicultural, multilingual nature of the Balkans, Kočani Orkestar's music is sung in several languages including Macedonian, Romani and even a Turkish dialect spoken by their home Romani community in Kočani. Lead until 2000 by the revered Naat Veliov, since his retirement the troupe has been lead by Ismail Saliev and then his son, Bilent Saliev. This Zagreb concert is a special occasion as it also serves as a showcase for four dance troupes, Sarasvati, Walde, Apsaradhe and Nipriye with a Balkan Fiesta afterparty continuing the music and celebrations until very late. Kočani Orkestar travel to Rijeka on the following night, Saturday 19 January, for a concert at Pogon Kulture.
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.
Nikola Reiser was born in Samobor, to the east of Zagreb, in 1918 and painted continuously from his teenage years, before he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, right up until his death in 2010. His lengthy career traveled through many phases, from the sketches he drew documenting life as a Partisan soldier, to his work in the '50s in which he refused to conform wholly to the abstract and avant-garde trends of the socialist era. Reiser traveled and lived in France, Sweden, Italy and France and was exhibited many times internationally. His work eventually settled around four main themes; portraits, landscapes, still life and figures. Around 200 works are on show, loaned from numerous museums and private collections. Reproductions of some of Reiser's best known works are also on sale at the gallery.
Zagreb party crew Tanzen twice teamed up with Berlin DJ agency STILL HOT Berlin in 2018, paying tribute to the unquestionable lead the German capital has had on underground club music trends over recent years. This, the third party in that same series, again brings some of the best DJs from the current underground to the Croatian capital. Tanzen describe their two guests for the occasion as Martin Landsky, finally in Zagreb and Martin Eyerer, the one you never heard of, but one you will never forget. Martin Landsky (pictured) is an underground house and techno veteran and also a key member of Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings family. Martin Eyerer has more than 150 releases to his credit on labels like Renaissance, My Favorite Robot, Get Physical, Rejected or on his own Kling Klong Records. Support on the night will come from local talent Tino Dobric and FM.
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.