Sculptural Works from the Rybak – Magjer Donation
The Sculptural Works from the Rybak – Magjer Donation exhibition is opening on 11th July at 8 pm at the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery. For this occasion, the author of the exhibition and museum adviser at the Modern Gallery, Tatijana Gareljić, selected fourteen sculptures and medallions that belonged to the collection of great art lovers, Drago Magjer and Nada Ostrogović Magjer, which were in 2017 – together with several paintings from the same collection – donated to the Modern Gallery by the beneficiary of the Rybak – Magjer legacy, Ms Elizabeta Rybak Budić. These are works by authors mostly from Croatia created during the first thirty years or so of the 20th century, which have not yet been presented to the public, and which are dominated by portrait plaques done in 1904 and 1905 by the acclaimed Croatian sculptor Branislav Dešković. By exhibiting them, the Modern Gallery is also marking the 80th anniversary of Dešković’s death, whose anthological animalist works are in the holdings of the Modern Gallery.
The sculptural works of the Rybak – Magjer Collection donated to the Modern Gallery are heterogeneous in terms of their artistic expression and authorship as was Drago Magjer’s restless collection. Their only common denominator is that they are all portraits created in the most diverse of ways, in low or high relief, or in full plastic; they are all created either realistically or idealistically, naturalistically or as personification. These works are a reflection of the European social and artistic climate of the first half of the 20th century, a time in which they were created and collected. Given their quality and origin, they are a great contribution to the richness of the Modern Gallery’s holdings.
Tatijana Gareljić, a museum adviser at the Modern Gallery, and exhibition and catalogue author