Wednesday, April 16, 2014

112. Moderna Galerija ...

My next visit is to the Modern Gallery which holds " ...the most important and comprehensive collection of artworks by 19th and 20th century Croatian artists ..." 

 

The collection numbers around 10,000 works, housed since 1934 in the historic Vranyczany Palace in the centre of Zagreb. The Modern Gallery, originally the National Gallery for Croatian Art, dates from the early 1900s, when it was founded by the Art Society with paintings and sculptures acquired by their members.

 

In 1899, Izidor Krsnjavi gave a presentation to the Art Society in Zagreb, with the idea of establishing the Gallery, and in the spring of 1905, to mark the Society’s 30th anniversary, three works of art were bought for the future holdings of the Modern Gallery. That year, 1905, is considered to be the official date the Gallery was founded, due to the holdings which were put together at the time. However, the collection grew gradually and it was not open for public viewing until 1914, in a single room of today’s Museum of Arts and Crafts building ( see previous blog … ), where it was available only to those who showed a special interest in it. As the collection expanded, the Gallery moved to its current building, the Vranyczany Palace on Zrinjevac Park in 1934 and it has been there, with a pause during World War II, up until the present day. 

 

 

The Vranyczany Palace was designed by the Viennese architect Otto Hofer, and constructed in 1882 for Baron Lujo Vranyczany. Since the end of 19th century the building has changed ownership frequently, and has been restored several times. Through the years, the Vranyczany building has entertained some well-known figures in Croatia's cultural, political and economic life. The Palace underwent a complete renovation between 1993 and 2005, when the current exhibition was opened to the public. Two floors of the palace have become a modern-equipped gallery showing the permanent collection of Croatian modern painting and sculpture.   

 
 Study for a Portrait - George Ferdinand Waldmuller - 1837

Portrait of Stanko Vraz - Mihael Stroy - 1841

 Portrait of a Boy - Vjekoslav Karas - 1856

 
  
Portrait of a Gentleman - Josip Franjo Mucke - 1858
 
Ophelia - Ferdinand Quiquerez - 1874 

 Christopher Columbus in Chains - Franjo Salghetti Drioli - 1875

 View of the Park - Josip Franjo Mucke - 1876

 Portrait of Anka Aron - Anton Aron - 1880

Portrait of a Lady - Albert Mose - 1887

 
Bacchanal - Celestin Mato Medovic - 1893

 
 Gundulic Imagining Osman - Vlaho Bukovac - 1894

Head of a Little Girl - Glava Djevojcice - 1911

Spring ( Daphnis and Chloe ) - Frano Krsinic - 1922

 
 Fisherman - Vladimir Becic - 1932

 
 Odalisque on Pillows - Milivoj Uzelac - 1934

 
 Cypress - Frano Simunovic - 1936

 
 Rogotin - Vladimir Becic - 1937

 
 Boy with a Corncob - Vladimir Becic - 1937

 
 Loading Coal - Vladimir Becic - 1938

 
 Portrait of Freda Grgic - Ivo Lozica - 1940

 
 Old Garden in Zagreb - Vladimir Filakovac - 1941

 
Portrait of Dr Pelc II - Zlatko Sulentic - 1946

 
 Jablanica - Vladimir Becic - 1949

 
 Coopers on the Island of Hvar - Albert Kinert - 1951

 
 Vjekoslav Karas - Miljenko Stancic - 1953

 
 Composition - Sime Peric - 1956

 
 Fisherman - Ljubo Ivancic - 1957

 
 Metal Sculpture 22 - Dusan Dzamonja - 1962

 
 ... detail ...

 

 
 Space Construction - Juraj Dobrovic - 1965

 
 Autumn Day - Zlatko Prica - 1966

 
 Ships - Mladen Pejakovic - 1966

 

 
 Still Life - Vasilije Jordan - 1969

 
 Diptych - Anti Kastelancic - 1972


 Flower Girl II - Slavko Kopac - 1973

 
 Reclining Figure - Ljubo Ivancic - 1974

 
 Painting 79 - Nikola Koydl - 1979


Velegorko - Kuzma Kovacic - 1988

 
 
 
 Composition - Louis Fachat - 1988

 
 Torso Tina Ujevica - Tomislav Ostoja - aluminium - 1989


Sacrifice - Zlatko Kopljar - 1993

 
  Studio - Dalibor Jelavic - 1995

Vista - Matko Vekic - 1998 

Cheese and Trees - Igor Roncevic - 2001 

Surprise - Vladimir Blazanovic - 2008


This has been another beautiful and inspiring Croatian gallery visit. So interesting to see the progression of modern art as interpreted by this country's artisans ...