Božena Kličinović was born in Mostar in 1936. She took a BA (art history) at the Faculty of Philosophy Zagreb University in 1962 and in 1963 took a part-time job in the State Archives of Croatia. A year later she got a full time appointment in the scholarly department of the Institute for the History of the Working Class Movement in Zagreb, studying the culture of Croatia, particularly of Zagreb from 1941 through 1943.
She worked in the Croatian Academy Glyptotheque as curator and then museum adviser from 1982 to her retirement in 2001, running the 19th and 20th century Sculpture Collection, as well as a separate collection of the sculpture of Ivan Meštrović. She was a member of the Robert Frangeš Mihanović Donation Collection Committee.
She also went on with a project on the guide to the monuments and fountains in the city of Zagreb, started in 1992 and with some other projects connected with 19th and 20th century sculpture. She authored three monographs: Frano Kršinić, 1998; Auntun Dominik Fernkorn, 1990 and Ivan Lozica, 2002. She put on a number of well received catalogue-accompanied exhibitions among which the following are particularly worth noticing: Ivan Vukušić, 1987; Juraj Škrapa, 1988; Edith Merle, 1989; Branislav Dešković, 1994; Branko Ružić, 4th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture. She devised and was co-author of exhibition and catalogue of the exhibition From Nin to Knin, 1992.
She created several smaller exhibitions was co-author of the Triennial of Croatian Sculpting from 1982 to 2000, as well as of the permanent display of the 19th and 20th centuries Collection.
Although quite a long time retired, her work has resulted in the authorship of important publications – the Guide to Monuments and Fountains in the City of Zagreb, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, City of Zagreb, Municipal Institute for the Conservation of Monuments of Culture and Nature, 2007.
For particular services to the culture of the Republic of Croatia she was awarded the Order of the Croatian Daystar with Figure of Marko Marulić.
NB. Data taken from the questionnaire, material taken from the Personnel Archives of the MDC, and from an interview recorded on February 12, 2004.
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