(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
Ivan Meštrović: Adriatic Epopee
July 24 – November 5, 2017
International Cultural Centre Krakow, Polland
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.