Exhibition accompanying the Festival of Literature


September 1 – September 13, 2015.

To mark the 3rd Festival of World Literature, the Modern Gallery and the publishing firm Fraktura are putting on exhibition of drawings and paintings created after literary motifs.  At the exhibition that will be opened in the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery on Tuesday, September 1 at 6 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to see works by Grgur Akrap, Gordana Bakić, Mercedes Bratoš, Tomislav Buntak, Željka Cupek, SebastijanDračić, Fedor Fischer, Danko Friščić, Ivan Jurić, Ivona Jurić, Alem Korkut, Koraljka Kovač, Melita Kraus, Monika Meglić, Leo Popinjač, Maja Rožman, Mijo Vesovića, Alan Vlahov, Mirjana Vodopija, Zlatan Vrkljan, Nikola Vrljić and Josip Zanki.

The exhibition in the Josip Račić Studio will be on view until Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Photo: Roko Crnić

Picture of words – word of the picture


“For the third time now the World Literature Festival devised and organised by Fraktura ponders the spirit and matter of the book both interdisciplinarily and intermedially, with books, pictures, comic strips, films, conversation and music. With the scope of possibilities and micro-sensations of the selection of Tomislav Buntak and Fraktura, even-handed in its typology and value judgements, the visual artists obtained an appropriate theme – a small number of them portrayed the participants of the Festival (Akrap, Friščić, Cupek and Buntak), while the other artists of diverse generations illustrated a book they chose freely or were assigned.

It is impossible and needless here to mention all the works and all the artists, but it is impossible to resist the sense of cert ain fluid gradations and the ramification of the verbal and visual mosaic.

Dense and hallucinatory fills of micro-signs are achieved by Bakić, Vlahov, Ivona Jurić and Vodopija as they fill in their horrors of emptiness, with the proviso that the later gets into interactions with the observers via word and meaning. Dark visualisations of grave existential states are reflected by Fischer, Vrljić and Bratoš, and along similar lines, bringing in elements of popular culture and urban iconography, this is heightened allusively by Ivana Jurić and Monika Meglić. Popinjač, Dračić, Kovač and Kraus reflect finely resonant and poetic states of the spirit, each in their own way, and Korkut brings in a visual chaotically abstracted psychogram. Zanki – minute illumination and Vrkljan – a visual reduction of signifying of the world. Vesović – positive and negative, the front and the back of the painting…

Any more words about paintings and painting with words would contaminate the permitted white format of the paper, and so do come yourself, listen to the paintings and look at the literature.”

Željko Marciuš



Ivana Jurić

after motifs of the book The Argentinian by Ernest Mall

Sebastijan Dračić

after motifs of the book Splithead by Julya Rabinowich

Koraljka Kovač

after  motifs of book Simple Story a comma a hundred pages by Péter Esterházy

Melita Kraus

after motifs of the book The House of Memory and Oblivion by Filip David

Zlatan Vrkljan

after motifs of the book A New Grammar of Finnish by Diego Marani





IvonaJuric_1_CMYK (Small)


Zlatan Vrkljan_9835 (Small)


KoraljkaKovac_3_CMYK (Small)


MelitaKraus_2_CMYK (Small)


Nikola Vrljic_3_CMYK


IvanaJuric_2_CMYK (Small)