Nikola Vrljić, The Siege of Oz
Exhibition in collaboration between Božidar Jakac Gallery – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art from Kostanjevica and National Museum of Modern Art from Zagreb

An exhibition of the contemporary Croatian sculptor Nikola Vrljić entitled The Siege of Oz will be open at the Božidar Jakac Gallery in Kostanjevica on Krka (Slovenia) on 5th July at 7 p.m. The exhibition is realized in collaboration with the National Museum of Modern Art from Zagreb, and the curatorial concept is signed by Branko Franceschi, director of the National Museum of Modern Art. The artist adapted selected sculptures from his recent cycle to the exhibition space of the Božidar Jakac Gallery, a former Gothic church, as he has done so far in spaces of significant historical and aesthetic value.

(...) In his personal confrontation with the canonised ghosts of the historical interweaving of culture, religion and secular power, Vrljić has chosen affordable, synthetic materials for the performance of an authentic sculptural undertaking, thus establishing production self-sufficiency as the ideal response to their constant corruptive encroachment. We should, therefore, immediately join him and enjoy unencumbered the witty virtuosity of his constantly evolving universe.  - Branko Franceschi from the accompanying text of the exhibition

Artist's Biography
Nikola Vrljić (1980) is an artist who creates mainly in the medium of sculpture and drawing. In 2007, he graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 2003, he has exhibited at many solo and group exhibitions, such as Citizens in the Poola Gallery, Pula (2021), Skup in the Antun Augustinčić Gallery, Klanjec (2019) and Fugitives in Gallery Josip Račić, Zagreb (2018). He has been awarded several times in competitions for public sculptures, and he has created ten public monuments. He lives and works in Zagreb.

Image: Nikola Vrljić, The Siege of Oz, 2024 / Photo: Jaka Babnik

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