Contemporary Art: Slaven Tolj

…-edge culture alive in a city ravaged first by war, then by the cultural downsizing that accompanied the advance of mass tourism. As well as organizing festivals of contemporary theatre and dance, the Lazareti’s gallery held exhibitions by many of Croatia’s up-and-coming contemporary artists. In autumn 2012 Tolj was appointed director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, opening a new chapter in his curatorial career. Tolj’s ow…

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Modern Art Gallery Dubrovnik
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Just a short walk away from the Old Town, the wonderful former Banac Mansion contains four floors and nine rooms of exhibition space, with a permanent collection that includes many works by Cavtat-born Vlaho Bukovac, alongside challenging contemporary shows. There is usually at least one major summer exhibition featuring a leading Croatian or international artist, and frequent contemporary-art happenings….

10am-8pm Tue-Sun
Frana Supila 23 More info
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Places: The Museum of Broken Relationships

A uniquely idiosyncratic journey through the mysteries of the human heart, the Museum of Broken Relationships has become one of Zagreb’s most compelling attractions since opening its doors in October 2010. It is the brainchild of artist Dražen Grubišić and festival producer Olinka Vištica, themselves a former couple caught unprepared by the aftermath of a love that failed to last. The project began life in 2006 as an art installation, when Višti…

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Contemporary Art: Lala Raščić

When it comes to art as film, art as performance, art as prank or art as a scholarly exercise in social research, few current practitioners are as versatile as Sarajevo-born Lala Raščić. It’s perhaps no surprise that Raščić was the first-ever winner of Croatia’s T-HT award in 2007, a prize which, rather like the Turner in the UK, aims to provide a contemporary snapshot of just where Croatian art is actually going. It’s often the juxtaposition of…

Marton Museum

Founded in the market town of Samobor by private collector Veljko Marton in 2003, this museum of porcelain and furniture opened this new branch in Zagreb‘s Upper Town in March 2011. The display constitutes a rich and varied assemblage of crockery and glassware, with major historical producers such as Meissen and Sevres well represented. The museum is housed in the 18th-century Kulmer Palace, which played host to the Museum of Contemporary

10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Museum of Arts & Crafts

This grand Hermann Bollé-designed palace, founded in 1880, was originally based on ‘a collection of samples for master craftsmen and artists who need to re-improve production of items of everyday use’. It has now grown to become the country’s premier collection of applied art, with a wide-ranging gaggle of pieces from Baroque altar pieces to Biedermeier furniture, domestic ceramics, clocks and contemporary poster design. A side…

10am-7pm Tue-Sat; 10am-2pm Sun
Trg maršala Tita 10 More info
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Museum Collections of the Vela Luka Cultural Centre
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This combined archeological collection and art museum has two Henry Moores, and finds from nearby Vela Spila, inhabited in Neolithic times. Summer art exhibitions frequently feature challenging stuff by contemporary Croatian artists….

9am-2pm & 6-11pm Mon-Sat
Ulica 26/2 More info
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Zagreb: About the city

…lunches. Everything here has a time and place, an order common to German-speaking Europe but with a Balkan sense of fun and, after dark, hedonism. Light sightseeing duties may involve a hike around the cobbled Upper Town, a stroll of the landscaped greenery and grid-patterned streets of the Lower Town, and, more recently, a hop across the Sava river to Novi Zagreb, home of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Zagreb is comprised of two rival hilltop s…

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Moderna Galerija
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…proportioned hexagonal entrance hall. From here the collection works its way chronologically through the history of Croatian painting, taking in Ljubo Babić‘s entrancing 1920s landscapes and Edo Murtić‘s jazzy exercises in 1950′s abstract art. Several contemporary artists are featured here too – sufficient to whet your appetite before hopping over the river to the Museum of Contemporary Art to see some more. The Moderna Ga…

11am-7pm Tue-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, Sun
Hebrangova 1 More info
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Lauba House
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Lurking mysteriously in a little-visited area 4km west of the centre is this brand-new private art gallery, occupying a century-old barrack block painted in alluring matt black by modern restorers. Displaying the collection of businessman Tomislav Kličko, Lauba includes major works by virtually everyone who is anyone in Croatian art from about 1950 onwards. If you’ve already visited the Museum of Contemporary Art, then Lauba will provide y…

2-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-10pm Sat
Baruna Filipovica 23A More info
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Places: Lauba House

Lurking in a previously little-visited area 4km west of central Zagreb, the Lauba House (or the Lauba House for People and Art to give it its full name) is a gallery that has had a huge impact on the Croatian arts scene since first opening in 2011. It is based on the private collection of businessman Tomislav Kličko, a contemporary-art enthusiasts who has hoovered up much of the nation’s best up-and-coming art. The collection is particularly goo…