Zagreb’s Modern Gallery is commemorating the centenary of the death of Miroslav Kraljević with the biggest retrospective exhibition to date of this prime figure in domestic Modernism. Since December 19, the exhibition has been displayed in the twelve rooms of the first floor of the gallery, with almost 200 of his most important pieces.
How important Kraljević was in Croatian art and the powerful impact he had on generations of artists can be seen from the paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures created in not quite six years of packed creativity, from Požega, Vienna, Zagreb, Munich and Paris. Works in various styles and featuring differing motifs are covered: Parisian vistas, portraits and drawings of coquettes, dancers and boudoir scenes; sculptures with hedonistic subjects; introspective self-portraits and portraits of family members; and rural scenes from the country estate of the Hon. Kraljevićes.
On the hundredth anniversary of Kraljević’s death, the Modern Gallery wishes to celebrate his oeuvre at a national level, starting off in Požega, as a tribute to his home milieu. After Zagreb, in April, the exhibition goes to Venice, to the Museum of Modern Art in Ca Pesaro, and then to Split, Osijek and Dubrovnik.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with more than 200 reproductions on 285 pages, with expert interpretations of the works and scholarly articles on, among other things, the big city and animal art in Kraljević’s painting, as well as his relationship with Požega.
Prompted by this retrospective, which will be open until April 6, the Modern Gallery has organised a museum education programme, art workshops for children and interactive expert guided tours.
The Modern Gallery is open for visitors on weekdays from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.