In Focus – Georges Papazoff
June 18, – September 6, 2015
Within the general framework of a new series of exhibitions entitled In Focus, attention is drawn to particularly important works from the gallery’s holdings that are insufficiently known to the public, or not known at all. This year were are focusing on works acquired from the first exhibitions held in 1934 and 1935 in the new premises of the Modern Gallery, that is, the Vranyczany Palace, in which the Gallery has been housed since 1934. The first work that we are presenting is the painting Les Eclaireurs – Lucifers, 1929, by Georges Papazoff (1894-1972), a Bulgarian-French painter, and one of the leading figures in the Surrealist movement. After that, in the autumn two paintings of Frans Masereel (1889-1972) will be shown; this Belgian painter was also mainly at work in France. For the occasion, the works have been exhaustively studied in museum terms and thoroughly restored. Exhibiting these works as part of the permanent display of the Gallery is intended to impart additional value to these seldom seen but valuable works.
At the same time, we take advantage of the opportunity to recall the eighty years of the Gallery’s operations on Zrinski Trg, which during these years has been an essential cultural centre of Croatia.