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Croatian Contemporary Culture

Dubrovnik Art Gallery

Housed in a beautifully-restored 1930s mansion overlooking the sea, the Dubrovnik Art Gallery boasts one of Croatia’s broadest art collections outside of Zagreb, and also has a growing reputation for hosting some of the country’s boldest one-off exhibitions. Under the energetic stewardship of trail-blazing former director Antun Maračić, himself a photographer of some renown, the gallery put together a handsome string of summer blockbusters, including Jan Fabre (2006), Picasso Prints (2008), American Graphics from 1960 to the Present Day (2009), and the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti (2010). As far as the permanent collection is concerned, the biggest draw is Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), the ultra-talented all-rounder whose symbolist canvases defined Croatian art at the turn of the 20th Century. The gallery also possesses a representative sample of works by the so-called Dubrovnik Colourists – Ivo Dulčić (1916-1975), Antun Masle (1919-1967) and Đuro Pulitika (1922-2006) – a trio who ploughed a unique furrow of Adriatic neo-expressionism. The colourists are honoured with their own separate museum (also run by the Dubrovnik Art Gallery), which occupies a stone house in Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

© Galerija Dulcic Masle Pulitika