Nikolina Šimunović, One summer in the city
On Wednesday, September 13 at the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery hosted the opening of the exhibition of Dubrovnik painter Nikolina Šimunović. The exhibition introduce to the Zagreb arts world fourteen of the artist’s paintings in mixed media created over the last two years. The exhibition will be on view until September 24. To accompany the exhibition, a catalogue with an essay of Andrija Seifried has been printed.
Isn’t this the same story or is it something new that Nikolina Šimunović wants to tell us in her own already recognisable way? Dreams are a part of this candid story of a summer, story of a previously untold dialogue that the artist, here and now, is desirous of sharing with us.
It is as if she were telling us some of her nameless intimacies, with what are by now her classic visual resources, recognisable to such an extent that they have become, and remain, just hers. What the motifs of this series are, is hard to determine exactly, since it is all about dreams, whether fictional or really dreamed. Baigneuses, perhaps; Summer, perhaps; Landscape, perhaps; it is all sublimated and painted out in the constantly live continuity of the creative hand of Nikolina Šimunović. Is it a dream, is it waking, is it nostalgia, or all of it in one – the sublimation of the beauty of expressiveness that Nina aspires to and to which she has remained true in her art?
One summer in the city Nikolina Šimunović exhibition Set-up at The Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery Photo: Tanja Tevih copyright Moderna galerija, Zagreb