The Miroslav Kraljević Exhibition in Ca’ Pesaro Opened
Opened today at noon in Venice was the exhibition of the painter Miroslav Kraljević, the most important Croatian Modernist.
Those attending the opening were welcomed by Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, by Biserka Rauter Plančić, director of the Modern Gallery, speaking in Italian, and Tiziana Agostini, head of the city of Venice department for culture and education. “Miroslav Kraljević is a Croatian painter, but at the same time, by virtue of his scale, a European artist. But it is only now that the European public is being presented with his work, here, in Venice, at the Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art. This project is estimated to be the cultural event of the year in Croatia, but I would go so far as to proclaim it the event of the decade, perhaps the century,” said Vesna Kusin, deputy to the mayor of the city of Zagreb, in her speech, also expressing gratitude for the help given in the organisation and set-up of the exhibition by Živa Kraus, painter and gallerist who has been a feature on the Venetian cultural scene for more than 40 years. His Excellency Damir Grubiša, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Rome, also pointed out that the Kraljević exhibition was an outstanding cultural event for Croatia.
On the Piano nobile of the Baroque Ca’ Pesaro Palace on the Grand Canal, the public was introduced to twenty Kraljević works. In Room no. 6, fourteen oils and six drawings were shown, including self-portraits, portraits and figural compositions. Golgotha, Self-Portrait with Pipe and Self-Portrait with Friend Olszewski are just a few of the works that make up the selection for the Venetian exhibition. Most attention however was drawn, as it was seventy year ago, by Bonvivant and Self-Portrait with Dog, two of Kraljević’s paintings that, at the initiative of the sculptor Ivan Meštrović, were shown, in company with three other Kraljević oils, at the 23rd Venice Biennale.
Accompanying the exhibition was a catalogue published by Fondazione Musei Civici including colour reproductions of all twenty works of Kraljević on show. Along with introductions by Biserka Rauter Plančić, director of the Modern Gallery, and Dr Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, there were introductions to the catalogue of Kraljević’s works written by Dr Zvonko Maković and Modern Gallery curator Željko Marciuš.
The Miroslav Kraljević exhibition in Venice was produced thanks to collaboration between the Modern Gallery and the Ca’ Pesaro International Museum of Modern Art, part of the Fondazione Internazionale Musei Civici di Venezia. On the Croatian part, funding was provided by the city of Zagreb, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and Privredna banka Zagreb, general patron of the Modern Gallery.
The Kraljević exhibition in Venice will be on view until June 15, 2014.