Josip Klarica, Light in Silver and Gold – In memoriam
From 14 September to 7 November 2021, the National Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition dedicated to Josip Klarica, one of the most important contemporary Croatian photographers, who passed away suddenly in March 2020.
The presentation of the artist’s oeuvre in the six halls on the first floor of the Vranyczany Palace, conceived by art historian Branko Franceschi, will encompass the period from the 1970s to the more recent works created just before the artist’s death. Around a hundred of the photographs on display are part of the family bequest with only a small number from private collections.
The general and professional public will have the distinct pleasure to enjoy the recognizable poetic black-and-white depictions of Prague, the city where Klarica studied and spent a period of his life, frames of surreal still lifes and mystical panoramas of Maksimir, his favourite park in the vicinity of which he lived and visited almost every day to observe and photograph it.
The documentary material such as the photographic equipment and cameras he took photos with, props he used to capture still lifes and recordings of conversations with the artist produced by the Croatian Radiotelevision will accompany the artistic material and acquaint the audience with the context of its creation.
A richly illustrated bilingual catalogue with a foreword by Branko Franceschi, director of the National Museum of Modern Art and an essay by art historian and art critic Želimir Koščević will accompany the exhibition. The program will also include guided tours and workshops for children and adults, conversations with family members, authors and photographers, of course all to the extent that the epidemiological situation will allow.