December 22, 2015 – January 24, 2016
In the exhibition RUDOLF SPIEGLER FROM THE HOLDINGS OF THE MODERN GALLERY we are continuing with the series of exhibition in which, drawing the attention of the public to valuable artistic material from the large holdings of the MG, we mark the anniversaries in the lives and work of insufficiently valued artists, whose works are a link of modern idioms within the body of Croatian visual art of the recent period.
Today, 130 years from the birth and years from the death of the sculptor Rudolf Spiegler (Zagreb, December 24, 1885 – January 20, 1980), his works are still on the whole unstudied.
For the study exhibition of Rudolf Spiegler that will take place between December 22, 2015 and January 24, 2016 in the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery in Zagreb, we have selected 22 medals and one sculpture from the holdings of the Modern Gallery. They were created in the first period of the sculptor’s creative career, after he graduated from the Academy in 1911 to 1935. In that period the artist was much in the public eye, primarily in Zagreb, holding in the short period of 1920 to 1930 five solo exhibitions. But until the end of his life, he had no more one-man exhibitions. Rudolf Spiegler shaped figurative compositions with figures from Croatian history, themes from military life, characterised by dynamics and a markedly plastic execution in half-relief (Zrinski and Frankopan, Baron Trenk, Croatian Army Soldiers, 1916). A characteristic of his works with religious and allegorical compositions is their comprehensible composition and a meticulous and subtle execution. The same holds true for his pictures from everyday life (All Sokol Rally in Zagreb,1911; Madonna and Child, Pieta, Livestock Show in Zagreb, 1933). His portrait medals and plaques are characterised by objectivity and realism, among them many historical and prominent figures particularly standing out (Matija Gubec, Baron Trenk, Architect Vjekoslav Heinzel, 1923, Vlatko Bratulić, 1933, T. G. Masaryk, 1935).