Zdenka Pozaić, Prints of Poetry and Music
The Prints of Poetry and Music exhibition, opening on Saturday, 21st September, at noon at the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery, is presenting all the collector limited editions produced so far by the Croatian graphic artist Zdenka Pozaić. This recent donation by the artist herself to the Modern Gallery includes as many as 75 titles published from 1981 to date. Her graphic poetry folios and her Poets, Poet, Music Manuscript Book, Dub and Word and Image book series all testify to her artistic expression having reached a high creative level and perfection of craftsmanship in its contextualisations along literary masterpieces produced by Antun Gustav Matoš, France Prešeren, Nikola Šop, Dragutin Tadijanović, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, as well as Rainer Maria Rilke, Vladimír Holan, Dušan Karpatský, Zvonimir Mrkonjić, Drago Štambuk… Given its richness of expression, themes and methods, Zdenka Pozaić’s creativity expressed through graphic poetry folios unquestionably reflects all the qualities of her oeuvre, which in Pozaić’s monograph (Kontura, Zagreb 2012) art historian and art critic Iva Körbler rightly calls, “without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most coherent and most rounded oeuvres in terms of motif and style on the contemporary Croatian graphic art and art scene.” With Zdenka Pozaić’s exhibition of collector limited editions, the Modern Gallery is continuing the cycle of presenting recent donations by artists themselves to the Modern Gallery (Stanko Jančić in 2015, Dalibor Parać in 2017, Slavko Šohaj in 2017, Frane Paro in 2018, Stanko Vrtovec in 2019), and is presenting their anthological contributions to both the Croatian contemporary art scene and the holdings of the Modern Gallery as the national museum of Croatian modern art.
Zdenka Pozaić’s short biography
Academic painter, graphic artist and designer Zdenka Pozaić (Čazma, 1940) finished the School of Applied Arts (Department of Graphic Art) in Zagreb. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Professor Albert Kinert, and received a master’s degree in the class of Professor Marijan Detoni. She has had more than seventy solo exhibitions mounted in all major Croatian cities, as well as in Erlangen, Zurich, Ljubljana, Bonn, Prague and Suwalki, and partook in more than 300 group exhibitions in almost all European countries, as well as in Australia, Egypt, China, South Korea, Canada, Iran and Indonesia.
Her works are in the holdings of many museums, galleries and art collections in Croatia (the Print Collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb, the Graphic Art Cabinet of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb, the Modern Gallery in Zagreb, the Art Gallery of Slavonski Brod, the Moslavina Museum in Kutina, the Town Museum in Bjelovar), and in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, etc.
She has received several awards and acclaims for her graphic art, ex libris awards in Croatia and the world, and the medal of the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the image of Marko Marulić. In 2017 she was awarded the Mate Relja Award for her contribution to the advancement of Croatian-Czech relations in the field of visual art.