The Exhibition “Nikola Mašić, a Noble Realist” opened at the Modern Gallery
At the Modern Gallery, the exhibition „Nikola Mašić, a Noble Realist“ was opened on 18th December. On this occasion, the visitors were welcomed by the director of the Modern Gallery Biserka Rauter Plančić, whereas the first complete presentation of the opus of the originator of the Croatian modern landscape painting and the first Croatian animalistic painter was given by the MG museum consultant Dajana Vlaisavljević, the author of the exhibition where around a hundred oils, studies, drawings and archive materials were exhibited. The observation and work in the nature in Mašić’s painting resulted in numerous studies which did not server only as preparations for large genre-compositions, but as autonomous works. In addition to the artist’s most famous compositions, the so-called enhanced realism, the emphasis of the exhibition was on the works created in the 70s and the 80s of the 19th century during Mašić’s occasional trips through Posavina and study trips to southern Italy. With the greatest number of Mašić’s works from the collection of the Modern Gallery, the exhibition also includes loans from other museums, galleries and private collections in Croatia. The visual exhibition was signed by the architect Mario Beusan, and the visual solution of the richly illustrated catalogue with the author’s foreword, as well as the visual identity of the exhibition by Rašić+Vrabec.
The realization of this exhibition and the catalogue were financially supported by: the Ministry of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb and Privredna banka Zagreb, the main sponsor of the Modern Gallery. The media sponsor of the exhibition was Glorija.
Photo: Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb