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Karas Gallery
May 12 – May 24, 2020

Following all recommendations of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, an exhibition by Valentina Supanz Marinić entitled Toxicity, will be opened at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58) on May 12, 2020. The opening will be virtual and will be viewable on the HDLU Facebook page. The exhibition will be open for public from May 13th. 

“The phantasmagorical scenes of landscape, almost de Chirico-like, metaphysical, devoid of life and existence, unfold before us in Valentina Supanz Marinić’s works. This is a fictitious and inhospitable world, suffocated by neon smoke and heavy, toxic air. A post-apocalyptic scenario, reminiscent of the scenes from Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. A world without the sun, dark and cruel, destroyed by some unnamed cataclysm that we are painfully aware of. The repertoire of motifs is very similar in all her works. Nature becomes unnatural, and people, in overalls and face masks, are merely symbolic figures of doom. The post-apocalyptic world slaps us in the face with neon colours that the artist uses to further emphasize this toxicity. The sky turns yellow, water purple and green, and vegetation dies off or becomes strange. The electrified horizons of silence fade at dusk (of humanity?), whereas people appear only from behind, in clothes that clearly show that they found themselves in a world in which they would not be able to survive without the protective equipment.. (…)

(…) The observer becomes fully aware of the disturbing truth about the alarming state of the environment, which is something we hear about in the media. However, given the current situation with the Coronavirus epidemic, the observer is also concerned whether we are facing the collapse of civilizational norms due to some huge crisis and whether an average homo vulgaris will manage to cope with it or are we facing extinction. This makes Valentina’s work very topical and engaged, and it clearly states that art cannot, and should not, be detached from reality, immune to serious issues, and enclosed within the studio walls.”

From preface, written by Nika Šimičić




Valentina Supanz Marinić was born in 1986 in Zagreb. In 2012, she graduated Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, under mentorship of Zlatko Kauzlarić – Atač. She has exhibited in several solo and numerous group exhibitions, of which we highlight: the 2nd and 5th Biennial of Painting (HDLU, Zagreb); New Croatian Realism (Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb); and Fountain Art Faire at Armory Arts Week (Manhattan, New York, 2014). The Erste Fragments Foundation awarded her the ransom prize for the painting My Jungle in 2013. She is an illustrator of several children’s picture books. She is a member of the HDLU and HZSU.



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Working hours:

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

The exhibition will be open from May 13 until May 24, 2020



At the entrance to the Gallery there is a bottle with a disinfectant for visitors, which are obliged to disinfect their hands when entering the Gallery.
The security guard at the entrance to the Gallery will have a protective mask and gloves and control the number of visitors. The Gallery can hold up to 5 people at a time.
Visitors are required to maintain a distance of 2 meters.
Touching the exhibits is not allowed.
Doorknobs and any other surfaces that are frequently touched by visitors will be regularly disinfected.

Dear vistors,

The Croatian Association of Fine Artists (HDLU) is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

All of the communication and working with clients is further possible by email and phone. You can find contacts of our employees on HDLU Website. For all the necessary information you can contact: or phone: + 385 14611 818.

We look forward to welcoming our visitors back to the all of our galleries as soon as it is possible again.

Bačva Gallery, Home of HDLU
March 10 – March 22, 2020



Exhibition Pack, by Vlatka Škoro, will be opened on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).

Pack, created by the sculptor Vlatka Škoro, is a group of 12 new sculptures of the African wild dog conceptually gathered around the Alpha, the sculpture of the African wild dog from the growing Animal series of works (2019) exhibited last year in Zagreb and, in an expanded form, in Osijek. Pack is a continuation, that is, a kind of extension of the above-mentioned series. (…)

(…) The theriomorphism of the Animals gains a new dimension with the Pack due to the significant choice of the motif of an animal that is completely unfamiliar with human presence, even finds it impossible. The animal’s organic structure is an imperative for Vlatka Škoro, for her meticulous approach to the subject, the same as her instinct that she follows both in the choice of motifs and in creating the sculpture itself. The naturalism of the Pack, manifested in the fluidity of natural (that is, sculptural) forms and character of sculptures, contrasted to the neutral backdrop of the gallery space, is further emphasized. By contrasting the wilderness with the aesthetics of the civilized world and analytical deconstruction of structures, Vlatka Škoro gives us an insight into her own sculptural truth.”

From preface, written by Ivan Roth




Vlatka Škoro (1987, Osijek) lives and works in Zagreb. In 2010 she received an M.A. in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of the professor Stjepan Gračan. In 2018 she earned her PhD in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts.  She won the Erste Grand Prix Award (2010). She has exhibited in six solo and about twenty group exhibitions in Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Vinkovci, Đakovo, etc.



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Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm

The exhibition will remain open until March 22, 2020

Croatian Association of Fine Artists in collaboration with the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs conducts an international visual arts competition The Victim of Vukovar 1991.

The aim of the international visual arts competition The Victim of Vukovar 1991 is to establish a dialogue with contemporary art practices based on the culture of memory and symbolism of war suffering of the city of Vukovar and generate artworks that will be inscribed in the collective memory.

Photography: Zoran Filipović Zoro


The competition will select four new works of art (that have never been presented to the public) to be exhibited in Zagreb in June 2020, on the occasion of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union, after which the exhibition will be held at the Vukovar Municipal Museum until the end of 2020.

The selected artists will receive an artist’s fee of HRK 60,000 gross each. Artists will be provided with return transport of the artworks, insurance, and overnight and travel expenses for participation in the exhibitions.

Competition is open to professional artists, EU Member States citizens, working in the field of visual arts. Artists can apply individually, in pairs or as a part of an art collective. Deadline for submission is 9.4.2020.

Works will be selected by a jury consisting of: Tonko Maroević, academician, Branko Franceschi, art historian, Kristijan Milić, film director, Božica Dea Matasić, full professor of arts, Tomislav Buntak, associate professor of arts, Ana Holjevac Tuković, PhD in History, Mirela Buterin, LLB.

More details on the competition is available HERE.



of the International Visual Arts Competition

 “The Victim of Vukovar 1991“

Due to changes in the economic trends in the Republic of Croatia as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic which have led to the reallocation of funds to measures and activities aimed at combating the epidemic, as well as to changes in the planned budgetary activities to optimize the use of limited fiscal potential, the Ministry of Defence (The Client) has adopted the decision to temporarily suspend the International Visual Arts Competition “The Victim of Vukovar 1991“.

All the competition activities have been postponed until further notice, that is until the funds have been secured and the decision has been made to continue with the competition, about which all the artists who applied to the competition will be notified in a timely manner.

Artists who wish to withdraw their applications due to changes in the competition conditions can do so by sending an email to with the subject Vukovar Competition – Application Withdrawal.

Thank you for your understanding.

Karas Gallery
March 9 – March 22, 2020

Exhibition Architecture, by Petar Katavić, will be opened on Monday, March 9 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).

“The exhibition presents the work of Petar Katavić, and here selected works are the continuation of the exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts in January this year. Since 2017 Petar has been developing and building on his ideas about shaping space with volume, which he also strives to show through his works. The reduction of colour, lines and surfaces, as well as simplicity in thinking about visual art, are the characteristics of the artist’s work, reflected both in the titles of his works and in the exhibition set-up. The exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts was titled Space, mostly because it was a site-specific exhibition creating bearing in mind the specific exhibition space within the gallery, and the title of this exhibition – Architecture – is a logical continuation that reveals the focus of the artist’s interests. (…)

(…) Although the aesthetics of Petar’s works is reduced, minimalistic and simple, each work reflects his dedication and devotion, which he sees as the most important factor in his work. In conclusion, I will again, just as in the preface to the Space exhibition, refer to Mies van der Rohe’s famous motto “less is more“, Petar’s guiding principle that very clearly illustrates the subtlety and meditativeness that I find in Petar’s works.”

From preface, written by Ivana Vukušić




Petar Katavić was born in Split in 1985. In 2005 he graduated Painting at the School of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia. In 2012. he graduated Painting from the Arts Academy, University of Split, Split, Croatia. In 2014 he completed the program of pedagogical-psychological-didactic-methodical education at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia. He had solo exhibitions in SC Gallery, Zagreb (Surface, 2020), Salon Galić Gallery, Split, Croatia (2019), Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (2019), Branislav Dešković Gallery of fine arts, Bol, island of Brač, Croatia (2018), Studio 21 Gallery, Split, Croatia (2015), Salon Galić Gallery, Split, Croatia (2014), Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (2012), and Loggia / Center for Culture and Lifelong Learning ‘Golden Gate’, Split, Croatia (2012). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. Note worthily are: Golden watermelon 3,0. Pula, Croatia (2019), 54th Zagreb Salon, Zagreb, Croatia (2019), 40th Split Salon, Split, Croatia (2018), Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (2017) and 39th Split Salon, Split, Croatia (2015). He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Painting at the Arts Academy, University of Split.



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Working hours:

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

The exhibition will remain open until March 22, 2020

Karas Gallery
February 11 – February 23, 2020

Exhibition The Rubber Concrete, by Margareta Lekić, will be opened on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58). Exhibition is also the public presentation of the artistic part of the doctoral thesis “Redefining Sculpture Using Contemporary Materials” at the Postgraduate Study of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb.

Mentors: Prof. Damir Matausic and Ph.D. Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki.



The development of technology and the desire to create new products also result in the creation of new materials. The Gumeni beton (Rubber Concrete) series of works and the new eponymous material were created as a reaction to the inability to access new and innovative solutions in the material manufacturing industry. Searching for an unusually flexible material, I came across a concrete called ConFlexPave, which is rubber under pressure but is not flexible to the extent that it can be restored to its original shape. Since ConFlexPave is not commercially available, I contacted Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), that is, NTU-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre (I³C) to obtain a sample of the concrete for the purposes of my artistic research. I did not get a reply, so I decided to create a new type of material myself, without having any scientific knowledge and expensive laboratory equipment. I created concrete that is rubber in both directions when pressed with hands. However, since I am not a scientist and the material has not been tested in the conditions under which materials are usually tested, I cannot conclude whether this material, a rubber concrete, will be equally flexible even after a certain amount of time has passed. The newly created material, that is, the new type of concrete, has all the characteristics of concrete as a composite material, it consists of cement, gravel, sand, water and additional components that make it flexible.

The Rubber Concrete series of works consists of three sculptures titled Rubber Concrete 1, Rubber Concrete 2 and Rubber Concrete 3. I use the word “rubber” because in everyday language it is common to say that anything flexible is like made of rubber, for example, a physically flexible person is often referred to as “a rubber man“. Therefore, the word “rubber“ in the work’s title does not refer to the physical structure but has a figurative meaning. All three sculptures are in equal proportions, in the correct size ratio. This structure, i.e. the order and correlation in the Rubber Concrete series of works is obvious because all three sculptures are placed in a certain ratio to each other; Rubber Concrete 1 is approximately 40% higher than Rubber Concrete 2, and Rubber Concrete 2 is 40% higher than Rubber Concrete 3. In doing so, I created a proportional relationship, not only between the dimensions of the sculptures but also between the dimensions of concrete slabs. The concrete slab in the work Rubber Concrete 1 is 40% longer and wider than the slab in the work Rubber Concrete 2, and the slab in the work Rubber Concrete 2 is 40% longer and wider than the slab in the work Rubber Concrete 3.   


Rubber Concrete 1

– concrete slate: 25x12x1 cm

– sculpture: 140x40x40 cm


Rubber Concrete 2

– concrete slate: 35x17x1,5 cm

– sculpture: 98x48x40 cm


Rubber Concrete 3

– concrete slate: 45x24x2 cm

– sculpture: 70x55x40 cm


Accordingly, a calculation can be made:


SCULPTURE – height extension (h) by 40%


The second sculpture was extended by 40% over the third, i.e.:




Since the first sculpture is 40% higher than the second, the following formula will apply:




h_1=〖1.4〗^2 h_3.


If there were n number of sculptures, formulas to associate their heights with the height of the nth sculpture would read:

h_(n-m) =〖1.4〗^m h_n,

where n is the maximum number of sculptures and m is a growing number of natural numbers.


In particular, if we applied the last mentioned formula to the dimensions of the sculptures in the artwork, it would be:

→for n=3, m=1: h_(3-1)=〖1.4〗^1∙h_3


h_2=1.4∙70 cm

h_2=98 cm

which is the length of the height of the other sculpture.


The same would be true of the first sculpture as well:

→for n=3, m=2: h_(3-2)=〖1.4〗^2∙h_3


h_1=〖1.4〗^2∙70 cm

h_2=137.2 cm ≈140 cm


CONCRETE SLABS –   height extension by 40% and width extension by 40%


If x denotes the lengths and y the widths of the slabs, then for the 2nd concrete slab which is in relation

to the first one longer by 40% the following formula will apply: x_2=x_1+0.4x_1



For the third slab, which is 40% longer than the second, the following would be true:




x_3=〖1.4〗^2 x_1.


In general: x_n=〖1.4〗^(n-1) x_1,

where n is the number of the concrete slab and x_n the corresponding length of the same slab.


A similar consideration can be applied to the widths of the slabs which we will denote by y, and so for these dimensions a following formula would apply: y_n=〖1.4〗^(n-1) y_1, where n is the number of the concrete slab and y_n the corresponding width of the same slab.


Applying formula to the specified dimensions of concrete slabs in the artwork, we get the following: →for n=2: 〖 x〗_2=1.4∙25 cm=35 cm

〖 y〗_2=1.4∙12 cm=16.8 cm ≈17 cm

→for n=3: 〖 x〗_3=〖1.4〗^2∙25 cm=49 cm

y_3=〖1.4〗^2∙12 cm=23.52 cm ≈24 cm.



Margareta Lekić was born in Osijek in 1982. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists – Osijek and Croatian Association of Artists – Zagreb. She graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the same department. She works as an artistic associate at the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek. She has won numerous awards and grants. She has studied in the USA, Austria and France. Since 2005 she has had 22 solo exhibitions and has participated in 55 group exhibitions. Margareta has exhibited in Croatia, Europe, the USA, Japan and China.




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Working hours:

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

The exhibition will remain open until February 23, 2020




Wednesday - Friday: 11am - 7pm h
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm h
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays closed


Wednesday - Friday: 3pm - 8pm h Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 1pm h Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays closed

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