Vera Kružic-Uchytil was born in Zagreb in 1930. She graduated from high school and Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb; she enrolled in archaeology, but at the same time went to lectures by Grgo Gamulin and Milan Prelog, and transferred to art history. She graduated in 1955.
The whole of her career was in the Museum of Arts and Crafts, where she managed the Furniture Collection. At the same time she was engaged in scholarship.
In 1968 at the invitation of the National Trust she went to study the Historic Houses of England. She took her doctorate seven years after taking her first degree. She is particularly to be credited with putting the stores of the Museum of Arts and Crafts in order.
She wrote numbers of scholarly and specialised works, books and papers, among which there are: Frano Šimunović, monograph, 1958; Vlaho Bukovac - Life and Work, monograph, 1968; Mato Celestin Medović, monograph, 1978; Renaissance Furniture, monograph, 1980; Baroque Furniture, monograph, 1985; Ferdo Kovačević, Life and Work, monograph, 1987. She wrote numerous prefaces to catalogues and specialised works in magazines and other publications. She created 12 independent exhibitions, the best known of which are: Bukovac Painting Family, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, 1970; Mato Celestin Medović, Kuna na Pelješac, 1971; Vlaho Bukovac-the 50th Anniversary of his Death; Šibenik City Museum, 1972; Cabinet Cupboards, MUO, Zagreb, 1975; Ljubljana, 1977, Belgrade 184, Dubrovnik 1985; 100 Years of Modern Art in Dubrovnik, Vlaho Bukovac, A Retrospective, 1988; Mato Celestin Medović - the 70th Anniversary of his Death, Zagreb 1990.
She also jointly created 18 exhibitions and was the creator of the new display of the Furniture Collection in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in 1995.
She worked in professional and social bodies and organisations, was a member of many commissions and councils, went on sabbatical abroad for further studies and for the collection of materials related to her scholarship, and thus travelled to Prague, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Nuremberg, Munich, Frankfurt and Istanbul. She also visited England, Greece, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Malta, Crete, Uzbekistan and many other countries.
For her work, she won the City of Zagreb Prize in 1988, the Pavao Ritter Vitezović Prize of the Croatian Museum Association in 1993, the Order of the Croatian Daystar with Figure of Marko Marulić in 1998 and the Homeland Gratitude Memorial in 1999.
NB. Data taken from the questionnaire, material taken from the Personnel Archives of the MDC, and from an interview recorded on May 17, 2002.
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