In Focus: Frans Masereel (1889-1972)

As part of our new series of exhibitions started in 2015 under the general name of In Focus, attention is drawn to particularly important works in the Gallery’s holdings that are little or not at all known to the public.  This year we are continuing with the presentation of works that were acquired from the first exhibitions held in 1934 and 1935 in what was then the new home of the Modern Gallery, the Vranyczany Palace, into which it had moved in 1934. In 2015, the series was launched with the presentation of Les Eclaireurs, 1929, by the Bulgarian-French painter Georges Papazoff (1894), one of the most important figures in the Surrealist movement.  This year we are showing two paintings of Frans Masereel (1889-1972), Belgian painter and printmaker who was on the whole active in France. All of his work was deeply socially engaged.  For this occasion the works have been given full museum treatment and meticulously restored.  By exhibiting the paintings in the context of the permanent display of the Gallery, we are giving it added value with these seldom-seen artworks.  At the same time, we are taking the opportunity to recall the eighty years the Gallery has been in Zrinski Square, during which time it has been a not-to-be-missed cultural centre of Croatia.

 

Foto: Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb

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Frans Masereel, Mornar i lađa, 1929. foto : Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb

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Frans Masereel, Mornar i lađa, 1929. Foto: Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb

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Frans Masereel, Mornar i lađa, 1929. foto : Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb

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Frans Masereel, Mornar i lađa, 1929. foto : Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb

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Frans Masereel, Luka Bulogne, 1929. Foto: Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb

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Frans Masereel, Luka Bulogne, 1929. Foto: Goran Vranić©Moderna galerija, Zagreb