Dialogues – Josip Vaništa / Miroslav Krleža – an exhibition set up within the programme framework of the 9th Miroslav Krleža Festival
On Monday, 6th July 2020, at 7 pm, a one-day exhibition called Dialogues – Josip Vaništa / Miroslav Krleža is held at the National Museum of Modern Art within the programme framework of the 9th Miroslav Krleža Festival (2nd-7th July) authored by academician Tonko Maroević.
Announcing the event, academician Tonko Maroević writes: The Miroslav Krleža Festival continues to explore the attitude of contemporary artists towards the work of Miroslav Krleža, who had always had a vibrant relationship with the art scene and who had significantly influenced Croatian modern art. Manifestations of this are evident in a number of oeuvres, such as that of Krsto Hegedušić, Antun Augustinčić, Vilim Svečnjak, Vanja Radauš, Josip Vaništa, Miljenko Stančić, Zlatko Bourek, Marija Ujević-Galetović, Hrvoje Šercar and Zlatko Kauzlarić Atač. More specifically, few prominent painters and sculptors could remain indifferent to Krleža’s work regardless of the way they viewed him – whether as a black stain or a piece of red cloth. After the Krleža–Babić, Krleža–Bućan, Krleža–Vrkljan dialogues, this year’s dialogue is between Josip Vaništa and Miroslav Krleža. In the exhibition space of the National Museum of Modern Art, paintings and drawings by Croatia’s prominent painter Josip Vaništa have been set up following an appropriate dramatic composition and theatrical presentation, which establishes a dialogue with Krleža, in which the great painter captures the living image of the writer.
Besides drawings from Josip Vaništa’s graphic folios published by the Kratis publishing house, the Dialogues – Josip Vaništa / Miroslav Krleža exhibition is also presenting Vaništa’s recognisable Untitled line (circa 1964) from the holdings of the National Museum of Modern Art.
Talks will be delivered by the director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Branko Franceschi, the author and director of the Miroslav Krleža Festival, Goran Matović, academician Tonko Maroević, and Croatian theatre, television and film actor, Franjo Dijak.
The event is limited to 20 visitors, who are required to give adequate prior notice of their attendance to the organising committee of the Miroslav Krleža Festival on weekdays between 9 am and 6 pm (at +385 95 3537172). The wearing of face masks is mandatory during the event.