the Meštrović Atelier, Zagreb / the Meštrović Gallery, Split
Under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović
Authors and curators of the exhibition:
Barbara Vujanović, Higher Curator of the Meštrović Atelier
Łukasz Galusek, Head of the Publishing House of the International Cultural Centre
Authors of texts in the catalogue:
Maciej Czerwiński, Łukasz Galusek, Dalibor Prančević, Barbara Vujanović
24.07.2017. - 5.11.2017.
Ivan Meštrović: Adriatic Epopee
International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland
The exhibition Ivan Meštrović: Adriatic
Epopee is the first presentation of the Croatian sculptor to the Polish
public. Also, it is the first presentation of Croatian art in Poland on
such a large scale. The retrospective will give insight into the life
and works of Ivan Meštrović, from his student, Viennese creations to the
works he sculpted shortly after the experience of World War II. The
exhibition presents the artist’s sculptural, drawing, graphical and
architectural opuses, as well as his participation in the dramatic
events in his homeland and Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
Fifty works of art selected for the exhibition were collected from the Meštrović Gallery in Split and from the Meštrović Atelier and Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb. Works owned by Ivan Meštrović’s heirs were also borrowed. The selection of works attests the wide spectrum of materials the artist used, as well as the main thematic and style features that marked his works. Particular emphasis is put on his role in the deliberation of public space in which he realized numerous monumental projects which are also presented at this exhibition (the Equestrian Indians, the Gregory of Nin, the History of the Croats).
A connection with Polish historical and cultural milieu is accomplished by exhibiting the materials associated with the unrealized project of the Marshall Piłsudski Monument for Warsaw, the realization of which was prevented by the World War II.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue in Polish and English languages, and lectures on Ivan Meštrović, Croatian culture and history will be organized.
We apologize for the incompleteness of the permanent exhibitions both in Meštrović Gallery and Meštrović Atelier. Due to the borrowing of works for this exhibition, certain sculptures are missing in the permanent display, which is indicated by the enlarged legends at corresponding places.