Rear-View Mirror Collection exhibition
The collection of watercolours, drawings and graphic art from the 19th and 20th centuries in the holdings of the National Museum of Modern Art, from which we’re presenting a selection of works of art, numbers over 3800 works. Its current shape is the result of many years of work on storing, classifying, researching and exhibiting the material, whose parent museum is the National Museum of Modern Art. This collection was of crucial importance for the founding of the National Museum of Modern Art. More specifically, the purchase of the very first works of art for what was to become the National Museum of Modern Art, Croatia’s first museum dedicated to the latest production of art at the time, is taken as the beginning of its operation. In 1905, the National Museum of Modern Art did not have its own building, its own depot, its own exhibition space or its own team of professionals. But, thanks to the efforts made by Isidor Kršnjavi, it had several works of art, a collection and a concept in embryo of what it was to contain in the future. Most of the collection comprises works of art done in one of techniques of drawing, such as watercolour, tempera, gouache, pastel and the like. The graphic art category is the second largest category in the collection, amongst which graphic poetry folios and different collector limited editions have a special place.
An excerpt from the text introducing the Rear-View Mirror Collection exhibition written by Klaudio Štefančić, author of the exhibition and Head of the Drawing and Graphic Art Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art