Catherine Chevillot, Andro Krstulović Opara
Authors and curators of the exhibition, professional set-up concept:
Véronique Mattiussi, Barbara Vujanović
Andro Krstulović Opara, Jasmina Poklečki Stošić
Organization of the exhibition project:
Andro Krstulović Opara, Jasmina Poklečki Stošić, Sandra Grčić Budimir, Sanja Balentović, Vesna Bulić
Spatial concept and set-up design:
RODIN IN MEŠTROVIĆ’S ZAGREB
Atelier Meštrović - Art Pavillion, Zagreb
In 2012, as part of the festival Croatie, la voici announcing Croatia’s joining the European Union in France, the exhibition Ivan Meštrović at Rodin’s: Croatian Expression (September 2012 – January 2013) was held at Musée Rodin in Paris.
It was the second presentation of the Croatian sculptor in this eminent museum after the monographic exhibition in 1969. Following this successful collaboration, the Paris Museum offers its continuation – the second exhibition of Auguste Rodin after the one of 1968 at the Art Pavilion in Zagreb. The curators of Musée Rodin and the Ivan Meštrović Museums continue to explore the influence of Auguste Rodin on modern sculpture in Croatia, and thef works for this exhibition to be presented at the 2015 Exhibition at the Art Pavilion were chosen accordingly. It is about sixty sculptures, twenty drawings and twenty photographs.
This selection includes the most famous works, masterpieces, such as Kiss, Thinker and others, with special attention being given to the links between the French sculptor and Croatian artists, among which Ivan Meštrović succeeded in establishing the most prominent relationship.
In addition to the Art Pavilion, where the exhibition is set up, one of the pieces will be exhibited in the atrium of Atelier Meštrović. The piece is Rodin’s Monument to Victor Hugo (1890). Rodin has joined two muses to the sitting figure of the poet – Tragic Muse and Inner Voice, or Meditation. Meštrović asked Rodin to give him the latter, and the older artist agreed to, but the giving was not realized. Meditation will be exhibited at the Meštrović Gallery in Split as part of the exhibition Rodin’s “Meditation” in Split.
This project, specifically designed for Zagreb, the true centre of sculpture art in this part of Europe, would confirm the importance of the Croatian metropolis as the European cultural centre through cooperation of the Ivan Meštrović Museums and the Art Pavilion with the French partner. The exhibition itself will surely attract a very large number of national and international visitors due to the artist’s popularity.