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The Sixties in Croatia - Myth and Reality

(monograph)

 

As one of the most ambitious and complex exhibitions of 2018 The Sixties in Croatia – Myth and Reality held at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb (26 April – 30 September 2018) attempted to shed light on a decade as equally exciting and revolutionary in Croatia as it was in many parts of the Western world displaying more than 1.000 object. Croatia was at that time part of Socialist Federal Republic Yugoslavia which during the 1960s enjoyed a high degree of liberalization and an economy characterized by market socialist elements. The benefits could be seen in art and popular culture as well.

This comprehensive monograph published in English contains 448 pages and is structured in the same manner as the exhibition, examining the development of various segments of Croatian culture across the decade. A broader historical and socio-political context is provided stretching the limits of the decade from 1958 to 1971. Illustrated texts written by the authors of the exhibition cover the topics of visual arts (including painting, sculpture, new artistic practices and monuments), design, architecture, theatre, photography, cinematography, literature, music, dance, fashion, pop culture and so on.

You can read extracts from the monograph here.

 

A History of Museology - Key authors of museological theory

(ICOFOM)

 

ICOFOM, the International Committee for Museology has published ‘A History of Museology - Key authors of museological theory’, the result of a five-year project led by its Vice President, Bruno Brulon Soares.

This first volume on the history of museology an important publication in series of ICOFOM monographs, launched in 2017 was printed at the occasion of the International symposium Écrire l’histoire des musées à travers celle de ses acteurs : Enjeux et responsabilités de l’histoire biographique, held in Paris on June 5-6th 2019 at La Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Among eighteen key authors of museological theory there are two Croatian museologists who joined the ‘ICOFOM family’ after 1985 - Ivo Maroević and Tomislav Šola who was director of the Museum Documentation Centre from 1981 to 1987.

To download publication click here.

 

Buntovnik s vizijom - retrospektivna izložba Vjenceslava Richtera / Rebel with a Vision – retrospective of Vjenceslav Richter

(exhibition catalogue)

Last year the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb held the retrospective exhibition in honor of architect and artist Vjenceslav Richter’s 100th birthday titled ‘Rebel with a Vision’ (October 10 –December 10, 2017). Over 200 of works of art, including models and plans for architectural projects, sculptures, drawings, graphic prints and paintings were on display giving an overview of Richter’s career.

Richter (Omilje, 1917 – Zagreb, 2002) was one of the members of the EXAT 51 group (1950–56) and later of the New Tendencies movement (1961–73) both of which promoted abstract art, experimentation and synthesis of the arts - architecture, painting and sculpture. He was the author of the Yugoslav pavilions for international exhibitions in Brussels, Turin and Milan which earned him international renown. He also worked in theatre as stage designer, designed museum exhibitions and created projects for museum buildings in Aleppo, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Skopje and Krapina.

As architect he integrated the principles of constructivism and functionalism in the public and residential buildings he designed, and in his theoretical work he put emphasis on the social role of architecture and how it can improve quality of living. By envisioning life in the supercities of the future he developed the idea of Synthurbanism and later of Heliopolis. He explored the ‘system’ in graphics, painting and sculpture – for example, system sculpture which was characterized by a great number of movable mono-elements when translated on large scale led to the concept of system architecture.

A bilingual Croatian/English catalogue of the exhibition contains fifteen extensive texts by architectural theorists, art historians and other professionals who have over the years researched Richter’s work in the fields of architecture and visual arts. The complexity of conservation and restoration of Richter’s oeuvre is also covered as well as the topic of artist’s library, which was donated to the city of Zagreb along with his archival material, works of art and the family house. This 440-page publication, illustrated with 235 images is edited by Martina Munivrana and Vesna Meštrić and designed by Aleksandra Mudrovčić. Authors of the texts: Ivica Čović, Rika Devos, Igor Ekštajn, Günther Holler-Schuster, Zrinka Ivković, Mil de Kooning, Vladimir Kulić, Lovorka Magaš Bilandžić, Zvonko Maković, Vesna Meštrić, Maroje Mrduljaš, Martina Munivrana, Mirta Pavić, Šime Perović, Snježana Pintarić, Ivan Rupnik, Karin Šerman, Leila Topić.