The Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, and politically neutral union of professionals. Its membership consists exclusively of visual artists of all generations, working in all forms of expression and disciplines. The association was established in 1868 and has been continuously active since then, though under different names. The basic goals of the Association are to support and encourage contemporary visual expression, to improve and protect the freedom of visual expression, to organize exhibitions, and to participate in the making of laws and rules regulating visual arts production and the social rights of the artists.
HDLU annually organizes or collaborates in the organization of approximately 30 exhibitions in four diversely profiled galleries. The exhibition program covers all segments of art presentation and production, ranging from big national and international manifestations to projects concerning new media pursuing experimentation. The exhibitions are accompanied by lecture programs, workshops, and presentations. Exhibition spaces are open and often used for the presentation of a variety of artistic expressions, ranging from dance to music and theater.