“The Art of the Slavonian Nobility – Masterpieces of European Heritage”
from April 22nd to July 18th, 2021, the second floor
The exhibition “The Art of the Slavonian Nobility – Masterpieces of European Heritage” presents the synthesis of up-to-date research on modern period nobility’s art collections located in Eastern Croatia. The exhibition offers a broad perspective on different cultural aspects of nobility life – their art collections: paintings, sculpture, graphic art, but also the applied art objects, furniture, clothes, musical instruments, archival material, and books.
The exhibition is intended for a wide audience and provides an excellent educational snapshot of the nobility’s cultural heritage and everyday life. It presents artworks and art collections belonging to the most important noble families (e.g. Adamović, Eltz, Odescalchi, Pejačević, Hilleprand von Prandau, Normann-Ehrenfels, Mihalović, Janković Voćinski, Janković Daruvarski, etc.) who played an important role in the economy, politics, and culture of Eastern Croatia in the 18th and 19th century; their influence is felt to this day. Their bountiful art collections are at the level of the highest quality collections of the European nobility – hence the name of the exhibition. This means that the cultural heritage of Eastern Croatia’s nobility finds its place among the best artistic legacies of Europe. A large number of exhibits from the legacy of these families are mostly kept in Croatian museums and private collections, so the exhibition will primarily feature these items. However, as some of the nobility’s property has been dispersed over time, we are delighted to also show you the items from foreign private and public collections.
The exhibition runs partially in a chronological order, and partially in a thematical one. In that way, the visitors are informed about the finest achievements of particular time periods (from Baroque to the modern art of the early 20th century), as well as the themes (from portraiture as the most represented genre to genre scenes, landscapes, vedutas, mythological scenes, sacral painting, etc.). The project’s importance also lies in helping to further valorize the Slavonian nobility’s role in the cultural, historical, and artistic heritage of Croatia, and situate them into the European artistic context and cultural achievements from the 18th to the mid-20th century.
The exhibition is the result of Klovićevi dvori’s partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Slavonia from Osijek, with the outstanding work of authors of the exhibition, Jasminka Najcer Sabljak and Silvija Lučevnjak, and the help of our curators, Iva Sudec Andreis and Valentina Galović. The design of the exhibition space is owed to Berislav Biondić, and the catalog design is the work of “Šesnić&Turković” studio.
Anton Vrlić – Transformations
from April 15 to July 18, 2021
Transformations features the most recent work of Anton Vrlić: a new series of sculptures and drawings made from 2017 to 2020. Next to each glass sculpture is a drawing that explains the creative process of ‘building’ the glass structures. These drawings lay out the transformations that occur while treating the glass, from the author’s artistic idea, via a sketch, to the final product. Vrlić has also been engrossed in documenting the various possibilities of the medium that he has worked with for more than twenty years.
One of the author’s intentions with the sculpture-drawing combination is to document all the “possibilities” as pertains to the medium. This match will also reveal the development of Vrlić’s personal artistic and pedagogical work, and enable the audience to engage in a more dynamic dialogue with his work. The exhibition reveals the inexhaustibly contemplative character of the author’s repertoire.
BODIES 2.0. – THE MAGNIFICENT UNIVERSE WITHIN US
from April 8 to June 20, 2021
Concert Europe and Outbox proudly present BODIES 2.0. – THE MAGNIFICENT UNIVERSE WITHIN US – An intriguing and world-famous exhibition of the human anatomy “BODIES 2.0 – The Magnificent Universe Within Us” opens at the Klovićevi dvori Gallery in Zagreb. This time, hence the appendix 2.0, we will show bodies still unexposed. The exhibition presents true human anatomy with a collection of 15 human bodies and around 200 organs. The fact that these are real human bodies on display may cause some alarm among individuals, but this exhibition has so far been seen by over 25 million people worldwide. Unlike imitations of the human body through the eye of the artist, this exhibition presents human bodies as they are: healthy or damaged due to disease or lifestyle.
“BODIES 2.0 – The Universe Within Us” is a scientific and educational exhibition that presents to those interested around 200 prepared organs and whole bodies that have been preserved by means of the so-called “plastination” procedure. The goal of BODIES 2.0 is to provide the visitor with an even deeper understanding of the functioning of their body. Visitors will have the opportunity to get to know all the organs responsible for thinking, breathing or even movement, as well as the “highways” of blood circulation that keep the engine going.
In order to respect all safety measures and preserve the health of all visitors, hand sanitizers are provided and entry with masks is mandatory. Tickets are on sale from March 15 via the online platform of the Eventim System at www.eventim.hr, and from April 8 at the box office of the Klovićevi dvori Gallery.
ADULTS: 85 kn (Tue – Fri) / 99 kn (weekend)
STUDENTS / PENSIONERS: 65 kn (Tue-Fri) / 79 kn (weekend)
CHILDREN (4-14 years): 45 kn (Tue-Fri) / 55 kn (weekend)
FAMILY 1 (2 adults and 1 child): 210 kn (Tue-Fri) / 240 kn (weekend)
FAMILY 2 (2 adults + 3 children): 245 kn (Tue – Fri) / 270 kn (weekend)
VIP TICKET (allows entry without a designated time) – 105 kn
For group visits please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sword – a long time ago…”
from May 18th to July 18th 2021, basement
The Exhibition of the Croatian History Museum „Sword – a long time ago …“ is presenting a selection of 25 valuable medieval swords, dating from the 11th to the beginning of the 16th century. The exhibition and catalogue are largely based on the expert and scientific work on medieval swords from the Arms and Armour Collection that the Croatian History Museum published in 2009 in the catalogue “Swords of the Chivalric Period in Croatia”. In structuring this exhibition and catalogue, the aim was to make this subject accessible to a wide audience, to generations from both the 20th and the 21st century. To popularize the Museum’s collection, the swords and general themes of knightly life are presented together with items and forms of media which we encounter in our everyday life, testifying to the fascination with sword and chivalry today.
In kingdoms and duchies not so far away it was a symbol and personal armament of knights, the armoured nobility – mounted warriors who used the sword to submit as well as to protect others. Empires were born and ruined by the sword, it was used to reshape borders and to write the history of the world. A sword is a symbol that represents certain deep values in every society that has used it. It is a conflicting item, a piece of art, an object of science and high degree of technical skill, an expression of language and a bearer of myths. Today, we see them displayed in museums, we admire them as works of art or products of fine craftsmanship, but we should not forget that they weren’t made to be admired, but as weapons capable of both saving and taking a life.
Ever-present in history, as in the imagination, the sword is a weapon of a knight, the extension of his hand as well as his mind. It’s a subject of legends, stories, and songs. As it was for our ancestors, it’s still an almost unavoidable part of modern epics that we enjoy reading, listening to and watching. Swords found on the territory of Croatia do not deviate from the typology, systems, and characteristics of swords of the same period from throughout Europe. The customs and rituals connected with these swords were the same as in other parts of Europe, representing a common culture we have inherited.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but who can remember a heroic adventure that ended in a duel with pencils? Peek into the world of medieval knights and witness the impact which that period still has on the imagination of modern Man.
* Exhibition „Sword – a long time ago …“ is taking place in extraordinary circumstances for the Croatian History Museum, which is closed to the public due to the consequences of an earthquake from March 22 2020. We would like to express our gratitude to the Klovićevi dvori Gallery for the provided exhibition space and collegial assistance and to all those who have contributed to the realization of the exhibition.
ARS ET VIRTUS: CROATIA – HUNGARY. 800 YEARS OF COMMON HERITAGE (virtual exhibition)
Virtual exhibition :
This virtual exhibition is a joint project of the Hungarian National Museum (Budapest) and Klovićevi dvori Gallery (Zagreb). Our goal is to present the Croatian-Hungarian cultural and historical relations in a broad and illustrative context, thus strenghtening the feeling of belonging together in the two nations. Since our common heritage of 800 years is immense, we have divided our exhibition into 8 chapters. The virtual exhibition, currently consisting of 60 objects, guides the visitor – partly chronologically and partly thematically – through representative spaces of the Hungarian National Museum: the Dome, the Ceremonial Hall and the Fireplace Hall.
View the exhibition HERE