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Bačva Gallery, Home of HDLU
August 1 – August 25, 2019


Opening of the exhibition: Thursday, August 1 at 8 pm at the Bačva Gallery (Home of HDLU)

Exhibition Grey Field by Saša Živković will be opened on Thursday, August 1 at 8 pm at the Bačva Gallery (Home of HDLU).

“Saša Živković (1970) creates an enchanted circle through the dialectics of creation, permanent space-time change of the continuum of optical illusion based on grey and white polarities. The circle is an expanded dot and the sphere, which is how Plato saw the human soul, is an expanded circle. This is analogous to the circularity of the cosmos in which nothing stands still, everything moves. Just like the relationship between negative and positive image, where one is reflected in the other, with the final materialization between the matrix built from sand and a contrasting background Saša spreads achromatic grey in dual tones which acts both as the link and the dividing line – the third part of the essence of the black and white illusion (…)


Saša points to the indescribable and never fully captured meaning of the symbol; to the process of individuation of an individual who, by striving towards balance between emotion, sensory, intuition and thoughtfulness in this meaningless world, tries to become aware of his/her own unconscious and achieve psychological integrity. This is a complex and multi-faceted symbolism of the mandala that surpasses the scope of this interpretation, bringing us to the topic of meaning, psyche and visual arts.[1] Saša’s spatial image is multiperspective. Therein lies its never fully exhausted power. It is a reflection of an inner reality. This is the point of the trefoil illusion. We have to believe in it or the optical magic seen from God’s perspective disappears.

From preface, written by Željko Marciuš

[1] For the basic Jung’s symbolic terms of archetypes: collective unconscious, animus, anima, the Self, synchronicity, individuation, afterimage see: C. G. Jung, Čovjek i njegovi simboli [Man and His Symbols] (…), Mladost, Zagreb, 1987; C. G. Jung, Sjećanja, snovi, razmišljanja (autobiografija) [Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Autobiography)], Fabula Nova, Zagreb, 2004; C. G. Jung and W. Pauli, Tumačenje prirode i psihe [The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche], Prosvjeta, Zagreb, 1989; C. G. Jung, Psihologija & alkemija [Psychology and Alchemy], Naprijed, Zagreb, 1984.



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Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 7pm h
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm h
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays (August 15, 2019) closed.

The exhibition will remain open until August 25, 2019


Lina Kovačević, Martina Miholić, Nika Šimičić, Irena Tomašić, Martina Granić
guest: Darija Jelinčić
Bačva Gallery
June 28 – July 21, 2019

Opening of the exhibition: Friday, June 28 at 8 pm at the Bačva Gallery

A multimedia exhibition  Island of Inanna, byLina Kovačević, Martina Miholić, Nika Šimičić, Irena Tomašić, Martina Granić, and their guest Darija Jelinčić, will be opened on Friday, June 28 at 8 pm at the Bačva Gallery.

The exhibition is the result of a multimedia research process, based on own life and professional experiences of the artists, with the aim of demystifying the notion of feminism, which has been distorted lately, inadequately used, worn out by constant repetition in every possible context and often has pejorative connotations.

In artists´work, island is a mystical place, circular, sun-bathed by the dome of the Meštrović pavilion. It is also the home of the goddess Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility and war (3rd century BC). She is a four-person goddess: besides being a virgin, a mature woman and an old woman (warrior, lover, and ruler) she is also the ruler of the underworld. She is at the same time a self-centered young girl and a rebellious teenager, who is able to break all the prohibitions, opposing various fatherly figures.

Artists are playing with materials such as concrete, wax, stone, textiles; different textures; media, but also objects – instruments for “upgrading” or “repairing” a woman’s body. With this approach, the boundary between the socially conditioned and the biological body is lost, and the sexuality and the female attributes do not provoke shame; on the contrary, they become the qualitative element of every woman,

Starting from the idea of ​​a woman as the primordial creator of the universe, Island of Inanna is a utopian topos filled with artifacts taken from everyday life and pop culture, archeological findings of women’s presence that represent the remaining traces of the existence of the divine female principle. However, the issue of violence against women’s tissue, the cosmetic industry, or the men themselves is opening up, making use of the biological tenderness for capitalist purposes, taking feminism as a good marketing manipulation.

The guest at the exhibition, photographer Darija Jelinčić, did her work through collaboration with Taiwanese performer Chenwei Hsu, who explores the feminine features he possesses in order to gain as much experience as possible and thus understand the feminine nature. He gained interest in the subject by growing up with his mother, father, and two sisters, so he wanted to know and understand the female nature in order to better relate to his sisters and mother, women in general.

Preface – Nika Šimičić

Island of Inanna – Irena Tomašić

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Wednesday to Friday: 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 AM – 18.00 PM
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

The exhibition will remain open until July 21, 2019

Galerija Karas
4. 6. – 16. 6. 2019.

Exhibition Interview with Myself, by Zoran Kakša, will be opened on Tuesday, June 4th at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).

“Ethereal dimension of Kakša’s series in which the artists engages in a dialogue with himself, i.e. with his memories and random observations, was born by light peeking through a hole. This tiny pupil made on some commodity boxes, which establishes order from the chaos of light and whose sharpness is – more accurately, sharpness on the retina of the reflected and created image –proportionate to the time of exposure to daylight hours and night lights, this is the essential and first component of the creative series characterized by intellectual and performance sensitivity.”

From the preface, written by Nikola Albaneže



Born on May 12th 1974 in Zagreb. In 1993 he graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts, School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, with Prof. M. Poljan. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Art Education (Graphics), in the class of Prof. I. Šiško in 2002. He worked as a Art teacher in Samobor and associate restorer at the Croatian Conservation Institute on the altars of the Monastery of St. Leonard in Kotari (Žumberak), on the polyptych from the Church of St. Francis in Pula and in the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb. Zoran also workes in the “Staklić Artistic Glasswork Atelier“ where he learned glass work and stained glass making and also as Art teacher in Matko Laginja Elementary School in Zagreb. He has had 12 solo and 112 group exhibitions in the country and abroad.  He is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU). Lives and works in Zagreb.


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Working hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 3 pm – 8 pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 1 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays: closed.

The exhibition will remain open until June 16, 2019

(All That We Have in Common)
Prsten Gallery
May 22 – June 30, 2019

Curator: Jovanka Popova


The exhibition THE THIRD SPACE (All That We Have in Common) opens on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7pm at the PMrsten Gallery of the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists.

The exhibition “Third Space (Everything We Do)” is the second European exhibition within the second edition of the European CreArt project that will bring together 15 artists from 10 European cities and present them in Zagreb, Croatia (May-June 2019), Clermont -Ferrand, France (September 2019) and Lecce, Italy (December 2019).

Sara Alves (Aveiro), Zach Mitlas (Clermont-Ferrand), Niccolò Masini (Genoa); Rasma Noreikytė and Monika Zaltauskaite (Kaunas), Victoria Hyam (Liverpool), Renata Poljak and Vlasta Delimar (HDLU-Zagreb); Waldemar Tatarczuk (Lublin), Sophie Dubosc and Marie – Margaux Bonamy (Rouen), Maria Tinaut (Valladolid), Gjorgje Jovanovik and Oliver Musovik (Skopje), Samuel Mello (Lecce).

Macedonian curator Jovanka Popova selected works of 15 artists whose art practice refere to “self” in relation to the community and the collective, as a synonym for the space of solidarity, a collective experience, and the importance of participation within the community. Selected projects will critically re-examine the concept of community and communion starting with the idea that coexistence is a basic mean of existence and try to awake concepts as identity, nationalism, power politics in the context of “self” and “otherness” and multicultural concepts.

The concept of the curator’s exhibition is based on Jean-Luan Nancy’s proposal that “being” means “being-with” that Pop is interpreted to function just as collective power: power is not external to collective members or immanent to each of them, power derives from collectivity as such.

The aim of the exhibition is to examine the question if and how dispersed insecure subactivities actually can be linked?

The selected artworks raise the question in which way we understand the mechanisms and certain implications towards solidarity; allow us to think about how our personal vision can be socially shared; the possibilities and limitations that we are encountering; the question of what our own expectations are in relation to power and freedom; what levels of personal temptations or troubles are at the threshold of tolerance and endurance; a multitude of questions and dilemmas with regards to personal responsibility, an action and its consequences.



Wednesday to Friday: 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 AM – 18.00 PM
Monday – Tuesday and June 20, 22 – closed



Bačva Gallery, Home of HDLU

May 22 – June 9, 2019


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Shunga – Eroticism and Dreams of Edo Period
PM Gallery
May 22 – June 9, 2019
Curators: Zvonimir Dobrović i Bruno Isaković



The exhibition Shunga – Eroticism and Dreams of Edo Period opens on Wednesday, May 22, 2018 at 7pm at the PM Gallery of the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists.

Shunga paintings (1600 to 1900) were extremely popular in Japan, they were known as “spring paintings” and were made by great masters of woodcut such as Hokusiai, Utamara and Kunisada. At the beginning of the 21st century, Shunga was re-discovered and presented to the public by a large exhibition at the British Museum in London. Stuart Frost, one of the curators from the British Museum, will also participate in the Zagreb exhibition. Ironically, although Shunga paintings were removed from popular and scientific memory in Japan and became taboo, at the same time were discovered and enthusiastically collected by artists from the West. These explicit and beautifully detailed erotic images inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso. The influence is also visible in today’s pop culture of Japan from tattoo artists to anime and manga.





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Karas Gallery
April 24 – May 12, 2019



Opening of the exhibition: Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery


The group exhibition Artists as Mentors, by Luise Kloos, will be opened on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).

“For four years already Styrian artists have been opening their studios to give the Croatian students the opportunity of a two-week practice, within the Erasmus + project in the field of contemporary art production in Styria. Within this period, 74 young people and 11 professors from Croatia have already taken this opportunity. At the invitation of the Croatian Association of Artists, these artists, who have good local and international reputation, are now displaying their works in Zagreb. (…)

“In art production, the existence of ‘the older’ is the basis that enables the new to gain the legacy of novelty, to connect the past and the future, to give material to the impatience of thought and to define the position in the present. Contemporary art history has no basis in ideologies that developed in the 20th century like on sea waves“(Paul Z. Rotterdam, Wild Vegetation, 2014).

From the preface, written by Luise Kloos



Erik Drevensek, Birgit Fedl-Dohr, Lotte Hubmann, Julian Karacsonyi, Luise Kloos, Erwin Lackner, Amalija Lalić-Stanić, Paul Lässer, Aurelia Meinhart, Christa Nickl-Wlodkowski, Keyvan Paydar, Igor F. Petković, Ingeborg Plepelits-Pass, Leon Podesser, Evé Prechtl, Maria Schneider, Gerhard Stiegler, Eero Teuschl i Belinda Winkler


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Working hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 3 pm – 8 pm | Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 1 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays: closed.

The exhibition will remain open until May 12, 2019



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Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm h
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays closed


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