National Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “Revealed Otherness” at the Art Gallery of the City Museum in Križevci


“Revealed Otherness” is the title of the National Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, opening on 22 February at 6 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the City Museum in Križevci. It is one in a series of NMMA’s visiting exhibitions, which the Museum will organise in collaboration with other museum and gallery institutions in Croatia and beyond until the completion of the comprehensive renovation of its headquarters, the Vranyczany-Dobrinović Palace.
Conceived by the NMMA curator Marta Radman, the exhibition features 26 selected works from the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art and the City Museum of Križevci, encompassing paintings, sculptures, photography, photocollage, installations, tapestries, and objects.
Artists featured in the exhibition include: NMMA: Miroslav Kraljević, Goranka Vrus Murtić, Ivan Sabolić, Anabel Zanze, Oscar Nemon, Valerije Michieli, Zvonimir Lončarić, Vera Fischer, Dimitrije Popović, Milivoj Uzelac, Sava Šumanović, Nives Kavurić – Kurtović, Oskar Herman, Neda Miranda Blažević – Krietzman, Ana Opalić, Sonja Kovačić – Tajčević, Anka Krizmanić, Vlasta Delimar, Renata Vranyczany Azinović, Ivan Kožarić, Milena Lah, Žanić Vlasta. CMK: Jelka Struppi-Wolkensperg, Nasta Rojc, Paula Kiepach-Nestoroff, Peppino Wieternik.
The exhibition, which can be viewed at the Art Gallery in Križevci until 16 March, is accompanied by a text by Marta Radman, who writes: “(...) In shaping the narrative for this exhibition, the aim is to avoid sensationalist exaggeration of meaning or attribution of importance where it does not exist. The intention is to offer some of the possible interpretations of the presented works. Our perception is shaped by what we have learned to recognise, so it is crucial to constantly question and broaden our perspective. By doing so, we can discover alternative interpretations that enrich our understanding of art within different cultural frameworks, surpassing mere aesthetic appreciation. By updating historical fragments of otherness, the exhibition challenges the limitations imposed by the modernist paradigm of art history and calls for critical reflection. The aim is to present the phenomenon of otherness within the cultural production represented in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, starting from the second half of the 19th century onwards. By presenting 22 works from the NMMA Collection alongside four works from the CMK Collection, we uncover and examine the social preconditions, self-censorship of artists, and the significance of gender and sexual identity in creative expression, addressing feminist issues, decolonization, and gender and LGBTQI+ theories. (…)

Images: Oskar Herman / Around the table, 1960 / oil on canvas, 84 x 59 cm / MG-2388
Goranka Vrus Murtić, Tapestry, 1974 / wool, 140 x 260 cm / MG-3463
Neda Miranda Blažević – Krietzman, James Dean, Under The Blue Marks, 2012 / photo collage, 900 x 600 mm / MG-7339
Vlasta Delimar, No Name, 1986/ Installation, 140 x 200 cm / MG-6360
Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb

Magical Landscapes – selected works from the holdings of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Artmark gallery

With the exhibition Magical Landscapes at the Artmark Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art continues its collaboration with the Romanian auction house Artmark. Artmark’s gallery activities in Croatia began in the summer of 2023 with the presentation of 26 iconic works from the NMMA collection at the exhibition Summer Prelude. The selected works, displayed in chronological order, showcased the development of Croatian modern art from the academic period in the late 19th century to the high modernism of the 1960s.

The exhibition Magical Landscapes is also based on the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art and presents the chronological development of the landscape genre within the scope of the Museum’s collection. Twenty-six paintings chosen for the display – created between 1856 and 1980, that is, from Hugo Conrad von Hötzendorf to Boris Dogan – were selected by the museum consultants Lada Bošnjak Velagić, head of the Collection of 20th-century painting from 1918 to 1945, and Željko Marciuš, head of the Collection of painting from 1945. They jointly curate this guest project for the NMMA. The Zagreb cultural audience will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition at the Artmark Gallery from 24 January to 25 February.

Artists: Oton Iveković, Hugo Conrad von Hötzendorf, Ferdo Kovačević, Mato Celestin Medović, Gabriel Jurkić, Ignjat Job, Vladimir Becić, Emanuel Vidović, Karlo Mijić, Jerolim Miše, Oton Postružnik, Sava Šumanović, Vladimir Varlaj, Petar Dobrović, Ljubo Babić, Milivoj Uzelac, Marijan Trepše, Zlatko Prica, Frano Šimunović, Oton Gliha, Boris Dogan, Zlatko Keser, Slavko Kopač, Ivan Rabuzin, Oskar Herman

Reproduction: Oskar Herman, Landscape with Three Trees, 1963/ oil on canvas / MG-2531 / Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb

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