Exhibiting in the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection – Miroslav Kraljević and Followers in Croatian Painting of the First Half of the 20 Century
Exhibiting in the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, the Modern Gallery of Zagreb will for the first time present in Serbia a selection of 68 works from its exceptional holdings. Close in both time and theme to the Pavle Beljanski collection, the guest exhibition will familiarise the public with the art of the first half of the 20th century in Croatia and enable a better understanding of the patterns that formed this art scene, making it a part of the European heritage. A representative selection of works from the collection of the Zagreb museum, made by the art historian Dr Zvonko Maković, particularly highlights the Croatian artist Miroslav Kraljević (1886-1913). He grew up in the same generation as Nadežda Petrović, with whom he associated in Paris, and whose portrait he painted in the studio of Ivan Meštrović. Although he lived but a short time, he left a profound trace in Croatian painting, as well as in the art between the two wars. He had a large number of disciples among creative artists who are important for Serbian painting, like Petar Dobrović, Sava Šumanović, Milivoj Uzelac and others, whose works are also in the exhibition. Many of them are also represented in the Novi Sad collection. An important cultural event not for Novi Sad alone but for Serbian culture, the actual exhibition will, while it is on (up to February 21, 2016) be supplemented with a series of different programmes, including lectures, guided tours, workshops and film screenings.