After their success appearance in Venice, the twenty Kraljević works have been returned to Zagreb , whence, along with some sixty other superlative Kraljević creations they will go on tour around Croatia. After Požega, the painter’s home town, and the Zagreb exhibition, which has drawn 30,000 people, the Miroslav Kraljević Retrospective will be presented in the Fine Arts Gallery of Split (from July 14 to September 14, 2014), the Fine Arts Gallery in Osijek (from October 2 to November 30, 2014) and in the Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art (from December 11, 2014 to February 8, 2015).
This classic retrospective exhibition that the Modern Gallery has organised with similar museum-gallery institutions in Croatia – the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, as well as galleries and museums in Rijeka, Split, Osijek, Varaždin, Dubrovnik and – of course – in Požega and with several private collections – comprises a selection of the top achievements of the first genuinely modern Croatian painter. The paintings, drawings and sculptures tell of Kraljević’s role as innovator in his time. There is no favouritism of the works created during the sudden brilliance of the Parisian year, rather, in the harmonious coexistence of changes of styles and motifs and of attitudes to life, there is a long sequence of works, one after another: the Požega landscapes, the hedonistic sculptures, the ingenious Parisian drawings with scenes of dancers and entertainment in the boudoir, the big-city views in oils and the portrait of his travelling companions in Paris, introspective self-portraits, intimate portraits and those in the grand style of his family members and rural scenes from the country estate of the noble Kraljević family,.
The an artist whom Antun Gustav Matoš in an essay of his placed among the leaders of Croatian Modernism has been accorded the only retrospective since 1961, notwithstanding the vast amount of literary material, essays and biographical matter about his painting, in spite of the finds of many lost works and in spite of his being heavily represented at exhibitions of the Munich circle. In view of this oversight, the Modern Gallery determined to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the painter’s death (April 14, 1913) at a national level and give the many admirers of Kraljević’s art the chance to enjoy the best productions from his oeuvre.