Autumn program for 2018 in the Klovićevi dvori Gallery

Bljesak, 1993., kombinirana tehnika, 1000×700 mm


4 October – 18 November 2018

After the extensive retrospective of Academician Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, held in 2016, in 2018 we are preparing the retrospective of the Croatian graphic artist Professor Nevenka Arbanas. Inspired by the uniform quality of her spatially considered large-format graphics, by her expertise and commitment in terms of understanding the main types of visual expression (painting and graphics, sculpture and architecture), and following her work from its very beginnings, the exhibition will encompass the entire creativity of this artist who has with dedication and conscientiousness contributed to artistic, educational and professional knowledge. It will clearly document why her oeuvre is deemed of an extraordinary excellence that should be further promoted. The authors of the exhibition Academician Tonko Maroević, Academician Luko Paljetak, Nevenka Arbanas and museum advisor Koraljka Jurčec Kos have prepared a selection of works (about 350) for the retrospective exhibition, which will take place from 4 October to 18 November 2018 in the first floor of the Gallery. The selection focuses on large-format intaglio prints which emphasise the importance of the Prague and Paris cycle in the artist’s overall creative work, and will also communicate her new thoughts on the medium of graphic art, i.e., on undervalued and under recognised techniques of printmaking. Particularly important for the visual-arts public, including artists and especially art-academy and art-history students, is the exhibition’s new approach to the body of work of this graphic artist born in Batina (Beli Manastir) in 1950, documented both through artworks and by supplementing biobibliographic records already published.


Nikola Reiser, Motiv iz Istre, 1979., privatno vlasništvo


8 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

Continuing the cycle of retrospectives of notable Croatian artists whose oeuvres deserve to be seen again, revalued and their importance positioned in the context of domestic, but also of European art history, for November the Klovićevi dvori Gallery is preparing a Nikola Reiser retrospective to mark the centennial of his birth.  

Nikola Reiser held an important and singular place in post-war Croatian art. Although he belonged to the generation of Croatian artists who came of age in the early fifties of the twentieth century, and who relied on the experiences of early-twentieth-century avant-gardes by adopting the new, liberated art form of abstraction,  Nikola Reiser nevertheless followed his own path and throughout his life nurtured his own, authentic art expression.

The retrospective will cover all the stages in the artist’s work and is planned to show about 200 artworks (paintings, portfolios of prints). The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with reproductions of the works exhibited and original texts by Academician Tonko Maroević, art historian Iva Körbler and exhibition curator Danijela Marković on behalf of the Klovićevi dvori Gallery.


Vladimir Becić_Ispod-Trebevića_1932._ulje platno_72x57-cm_vl.-Umjetnička galerija Bosne i Hercegovine Sarajevo


6 December 2018 – 10 March 2019

In December 2018 the Klovićevi dvori Gallery is preparing the retrospective of painter Vladimir Becić, one of the most important figures of Croatian modern art.

The authors of the exhibition concept are Professor Zvonko Maković, PhD, and curator Iva Sudec Andreis. In an attractive visual layout prepared by the authors, we wish to present Becić’s paintings that have come to Zagreb again after more than thirty years, since the last retrospective, and to offer some new details and interpretations that will give a revaluation of Becić’s extremely fruitful and rich oeuvre. Following the authors’ concept, works have been selected from many national, foreign, public and private collections which will present Becić’s entire body of painting that belongs to Croatian modern art.

Thirty-five years have passed since the last Becić retrospective, and in the past decade many of his as yet unseen masterpieces have appeared which, together with new interpretations of his oeuvre, greatly change the perception about this painter, as well as about Croatian modern art from the first half of the last century.

Vladimir Becić is not by any means an unknown artist from the first half of twentieth century. Along with Miroslav Kraljević, Josip Račić and Oscar Herman, he made up a group that laid the foundations of Croatian modern art and forged closer links with Munich and later Paris, than with Vienna. Therefore these artists were known as “The Munich Circle”, which is how they are usually remembered in Croatian history of art and culture in general. Josip Račić and Miroslav Kraljević gained new importance in our art history and culture thanks to their retrospective exhibitions within the last decade. Herman’s work was also interpreted to a degree, but the place and role of Vladimir Becić was marginalized.

During World War I, Becić was a war reporter from the battlefields of Serbia and the south Balkans, reporting on the war for French illustrated magazines (L’Illustration). This aspect of his work gives a completely new picture of the artist, who later became a distinguished professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, an academician and sought-after painter of the middle-class.

In this exhibition we want to show, read and interpret Vladimir Becić in a completely new way, giving an important role to newly discovered works and archival material.