Author and Project Manager:
Zorana Jurić Šabić, Curator at the Meštrović Gallery

2011. & 2014.


During 2010/2011, more than 2600 photographs were digitized, catalogued and professionally processed at the Meštrović Gallery, primarily the collection donated by Ivan Meštrović in 1956, as well as other photographic materials created by the Meštrović Gallery as an institution. This primary business of the museum is often hidden from the eye of an external observer, and many processed museum items are never presented to the wider audience. This is the underlying reason for the creation of multimedia programme MEŠTROVIĆ: New Dimension combining different artistic media into a unique form of presentation of heritage and museum material. This programme, using new technologies and different media, exhibits Meštrović photographs that have not been published and creates a unique audio-visual experience in a completely contemporary and dynamic way.

The multimedia programme MEŠTROVIĆ: New Dimension is envisioned as a combination of live VJ (video) projections accompanied by DJs whose task is to play the classic pieces that Meštrović liked to listen to (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms …). On the façades of Meštrović’s architectural creations, photographs from Meštrović’s albums were projected, thematically related to his life, work and artistic interests, thus showing the world of Meštrović’s memories and the abundance of his artistic work.

After the first programme which took place in the Meštrović Gallery in 2011 as part of the International Museum Day, the second version of the programme MEŠTROVIĆ: New Dimension II was organized as part of the Museum Night of 2014 at a new location – the Church of the Holy Redeemer (the Meštrović family mausoleum) in Otavice. The new programme emphasized the artist’s association with the locality, and, among other things, showed his childhood work, his works created during his time in the parental home and recordings of the artist and his family.

The music that was inspired not only by the rich traditional heritage of the Dalmatian hinterland, but also with Meštrović’s work played a major role in the new concept. Thus, the great Croatian composer Jakov Gotovac composed in 1945 the orchestral piece Dinarka (Ples bola i ponosa – Dance of Pain and Pride), which, as he said, was inspired by Meštrović’s works “Mother” and “History of Croats”, and undoubtedly, by the landscape and the atmosphere of Meštrović’s native land.

Curator Zorana Jurić Šabić is the author of the programme, and Dragan Đokić (video) and Vanja Purić (audio) are in charge of live video projections. The young video artist Dragan Đokić from the creative studio Studio Baranda is the author of the animation MEŠTROVIĆ: New Dimension which announces the programmes, and videos The Making Of, showing a fraction of the extraordinary atmosphere of these unique audio-visual projects.


Cultural tourism project
Author and Project Manager:
Zorana Jurić Šabić, Curator at the Meštrović Gallery

2010. godina


The cultural tourism project In the Native Land of Ivan Meštrović was created as an initiative of the Ivan Meštrović Museums to create a tourist itinerary (promenade) in Otavice, Ružić and Gradac by placing interpretation tables on “Meštrović’s sites” (7) and by making a complementary bilingual guide, accompanied by the brown tourist signalization.

The project was realized with funding of the Croatian Tourist Board, the Tourist Board of the Šibenik-Knin County, the Ivan Meštrović Museums and the Municipality of Ružić, in cooperation with the Drniš City Museum.

The aim of the project was to present a remarkable cultural monument – the Church of the Holy Redeemer (the Meštrović family mausoleum) in Otavice, in the context of its immediate surroundings, a part of Petrovo Polje field from Otavice, Ružić to Gradac – Meštrović’s  native land – using modern tools to bring professional knowledge to the visitors and to give insight into the diversity of Croatian natural and cultural heritage in Dalmatian hinterland.

The native land in Petrovo polje, poverty, a land of stone and wood – are the basic elements that were embedded into Ivan Meštrović’s subconsciousness, that shaped his perception and followed him throughout his life. The solid link and eternal inspiration, the constant returning to the native land and the deep respect for tradition are the key reasons for choosing to end of his life journey in Otavice, the place of his childhood. Today, the Church of the Holy Redeemer stands at the pride of his  native land, loudly speaking that the world-famous sculptor came from the small village of Otavice.

The programme is designed as a walk through Meštrović’s  native land, encouraging visitors with the story about the life and work of Ivan Meštrović to explore Petrovo polje by following the interpretation boards placed at key locations. All of the facilities that the artist built there – the family house, the antimalaria dispensary and the elementary school, as well as some other points that were of crucial importance to Meštrović’s artistic development – were marked. For example, the place where he had his first exhibition when he was just a boy, or spring Banovača with the original Roman relief – the place of the first encounter of a future artist with figurative art. The walk includes a visit to Gradac and the newly opened local collection at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where several original Meštrović’s sculptures are exhibited. All of the aforementioned boards contain archival photographs and parallel texts in Croatian and English, and for those who want more knowledge and information, a printed guide In the Native Land of Ivan Meštrović is available.

The installation of interpretation boards was preceded by supplementing the existing brown tourist signalization which points to the Church of the Holy Redeemer and facilitates the finding of the cultural tourism offer of the area. The entire project was realized with great support from the local community: the museum shop at the foot of the Church of the Holy Redeemer became a venue for various events of local character and a venue for displaying and selling authentic local handmade souvenirs, thus reviving tradition and old crafts. The exhibited ethnological objects of Drniš area are a successful reconstruction of past times and a display of the atmosphere of Meštrović’s childhood.

The author of the project and the guide In Meštrović’s Homeland is Zorana Jurić Šabić, Curator at the Meštrović Gallery in Split. Viktor Popović was in charge of the design of the guide and the interpretation boards, and Zoran Alajbeg is author of the photographs.

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