Josip Rajević, Studio 9
TV Akademija, Split
An Artist at Meštrović’s:
July 27 – September 11, 2016
The Meštrović Gallery, Split
Kažimir HRASTE was born on 2 February 1954 in Supetar on Brač Island. He graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Split. He graduated in sculpture in 1978 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Professor Valerio Michieli. In 1984 he completed his postgraduate studies in sculpture in Ljubljana, and as a scholar of the Italian government he spent one semester on professional education in Rome. He was one of the founders of the Art Academy in Split, where he is currently employed as a full-time professor of sculpture.
He has participated in more than a hundred exhibitions at home and abroad. He has had around 30 solo exhibitions since 1974. He is the author of numerous public monuments and sculptures (Visovac, Risen Christ, 1988; Solin, Don Frane Bulić, 1991; Vrgorac, Statue of Tin Ujević, 1993; Miljevci, Statue of King Petar Svačić, 2002; Zagreb, Concert Hall V. Lisinski – Omiš, Elementary Music School, Bust of Lovre Matačić, 2009; Zadar, University, Bust of Miroslav Krleža, 2010; Šibenik, Statue of Dražen Petrović, 2011).
For his work in which he combines traditional experiences and contemporary art practice, he has received numerous awards and recognitions and state decorations. He has been associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 10 May 2012.
Inviting the academic sculptor Kažimir Hraste to be a guest-artist in the garden of the Meštrović Gallery is special for the exceptional respect the artist feels towards the heritage of Ivan Meštrović and the space of the Meštrović Gallery, and because the guest at Meštrović’s is not exhibiting his existing works this time, but creates works conditioned by the scenery of Meštrović’s space. He creates them under the impression of the artist and his space. This does not mean an interpretation of Meštrović, or a new reading. This is an artistic and creative impulse driven by the invitation to be exhibited along the side of Meštrović. Hraste’s art is truly a guest at Meštrović’s, thus affecting the very core and the idea behind the cycle, which is that art is like a living man – it has the need to be compared, shown, contextualized, defined and appeared.