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.