Vlasta Delimar, renowned for her bold performances and use of nudity in exploration of gender and womanhood, is the focus of this exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) in Zagreb. Since the late seventies, she has helped to define Croatian performance and multimedia art. Delimar herself will take up temporary residence in the gallery, and invite visitors to socialise with her….
This is a big retrospective devoted to a big beast of the Croatian scene. Šutej (1936-2005) was one of the most visually appealing of Croatian artists, producing the kind of colorful, vibrant abstract paintings and sculptures that you were supposed to enjoy looking at. He never stopped exploring playful and intriguing op-art patterns and geometrical forms, and the superbly executed graphics of his later years look just as bold and fresh as his c…
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb More info
…ember of the iconoclastic Group of Six (1975-79) Stilinović pioneered the idea of art as a frequently witty form of subversive activism that could embrace performances, happenings and urban interventions alongside more traditional forms of gallery-wall decoration. Like many Croatian artist of his generation, Stilinović has always made highly eloquent use of mundane materials and small gestures. One of his most famous comments on the state of cont…
Very much the doyenne of Croatian performance artists, Vlasta Delimar’s actions constitute a frequently autobiographical exploration of family life, the female body and the role of nudity in urban space. Delimar has been charting her life through the medium of contemporary-art ritual ever since Wedding (1982), when Delimar and fellow artist Željko Jerman documented their marriage and presented it as a piece of performance art. Delimar is probabl…
…rk or Berlin. Even today, a large number of concert-goers will attend a gig simply because it has Škugor’s stamp of approval as the promoter. Škugor himself is cautious about claiming a taste-shaping role: ‘People in Zagreb have always appreciated Post-Punk and New Wave groups. Acts like Gang of 4, Joy Division and the Fall were always appreciated here. That helps to explain why contemporary currents in alternative-rock culture are so popul…
Underrated and little visited attraction in the heart of the palace, but well worth the effort of cutting into your holiday time for. This century-old museum focuses on the traditions of the Dalmatian region, most notably its crafts and trades. Note the delicately carved ceramics and beautifully embroidered costumes in the reconstructed rooms of typical peasant houses….
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Right in the heart of the Old Town, built in the late 19th century, this Serbian church is one of the plainer ones, inside and out, of those in the region. The fact that it is here at all, intact, after the horrors of 1991, speaks volumes about Dubrovnik. You can find a more colourful collection of icons a couple of doors down at a modest two-room museum accessed up a flight of stairs through the entrance to the jewellery shop Djardin. One room…
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Peek&Poke Museum of Informatics and Technology
This quirky attraction contains more than 2,000 examples of vintage computer technology: calculators, games consoles and oversized terminals from two decades ago and more. Note the Nintendo Game Boy and Sinclair C5. Opened in 2007, Peek&Poke is one of the few of its kind in Europe, with connections to the similarly themed Bolo Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Opening hours are relatively flexible – do phone ahead….
Ivana Grohovca 2, Rijeka More info
Founded in 1832 but since rehoused in a modern building by the Forum, this museum is arranged over three floors. At the top is a prehistoric section of ceramics and weaponry; below is a Roman and Liburnian floor, including a model of how the Forum would have looked; and the Middle Ages are displayed on the ground floor, with beautifully carved stone panels and bizarre local gravestones. A new exhibition of antiques opens in June 2014….
Trg opatice Čike 1 More info
Zadar Museum of Ancient Glass
…ections of ancient glassware outside Italy. The extensive collection contains every glass object imaginable, all of which have been retrieved from rich archaeological sites in Croatia (mostly from around Zadar), many of which have still to be fully excavated. Part of the display is given over to the history of the building including its conversion to a museum – but the focus is, of course, on the glass. Apart from the historical interest of the p…
Poljana Zemaljskog odbora 1 More info
An exhibition of the works of Slavka Pavić, one of the most important Croatian photographs of the late twentieth century; her first in a museum. Accompanying digital documentation explains her work in context….
Opatička 20, Zagreb More info
On the other side of the National Theatre stands the Archaeological Museum where key historical finds from the nearby Roman capital of Salona are the main draw: mosaics, sarcophagi and such like. The displays cover the Greek and Roman periods, as well as pagan and medieval. All in all, a worthy attraction a shortish walk from the city centre….
Zrinsko-Frankopanska 25 More info