Category: Events

A Game of Sports and Art – Towards a permanent exhibition of the Croatian Sports Museum
February 6 – March 22

PM and Prsten Gallery 
Home of HDLU
Opening: Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Croatian Sports Museum, in collaboration with the Croatian Association of Artists and the Academy of Fine Arts from Zagreb, presents a comprehensive exhibition project titled A Game of Sports and Art that announces the permanent exhibition of the Croatian Sports Museum.

Through the exhibition in two parts, the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists becomes a meeting place for sports, education, culture and art, which testifies to the connection between art and sports.

The first part of the exhibition shows the development of applied arts in the field of sports since the beginning of organized sports in Croatia, whereas the second part of the exhibition presents sports as a profession and widespread healthy recreational activity, as well as inspiration for the creation of artworks by contemporary artists.

The exhibition features a wide range of exhibits – from museum ones, which combine traces of history and tell the story of the development of sports, to artworks that comment, describe personal experiences and speak of the possible combinations between various creative sports games and art.

Karas Gallery
November 5 – December 8, 2019

Exhibition The De/construction of the Painting, by Croatian artists/residents in Leipzig, will be opened on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).



Miran Blažek, Martina Grlić, Petra Grozaj, Nenad Jalšovec, Helena Janečić, Marija Koruga, Velibor Mačukatin Lav Paripović, Pavle Pavlović, Ivan Prerad, Ana Ratković Sobota, Marijan Richter, Maja Rožman, Damir Sobota, Stjepan Šandrk, Alma Trtovac


Preface in Croatian and German

Text (Josip Zanki)

Text (Tena Bakšaj)





Supported by:




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 December 8, 2019

Karas Gallery
October 15 – October 27, 2019

Opening of the exhibition: Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery

Exhibition From the Shadow, by Domagoj Rogina, will be opened on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).

“The From the Shadow Cycle of Domagoj Rogina is a cycle of still life in undefined, non-geographic spaces in which spreads of solid masses of teapots break through the layers, on sunny days, strands of toothed mountain peaks show one after another, and the cat’s soft-eared heads open their large jaws under the indifferent condemnation of shadowy lying kittens. The title (From the Shadow) stems spontaneously from the atmosphere of the cramped atelier in which the artist creates the attic and the sound of the occasional train, but also the elements of separation from the roaring world outside, in the face of separation from the safe situations of the artist on the Academy. For the idea of an artist as a hermetic who creates metaphorical gold in his alchemical laboratory of lead surrounding him is a wonderful story told by centuries-old annals of populist characterization of an artistic personality, but in reality, it is a constant conflict with the material demands of everyday life and himself. In this sense, Rogina’s paintings are filled with inner turmoil through the alternations of night and day, smooth and rugged, shiny and matte, cool and warm, light and shade. And precisely the heavy shadow, the element of material construction, becomes a place of conflict, becomes a being, as lively and important as other motives, in the rhythmic alternation of concentration – chaos – concentration – chaos, in the form of a dream (or nightmare) and a dark gap at the legs of the wrapped shape.”

From the preface, written by Marija Kamber


Domagoj Rogina was born in Varaždin in 1989. In 2017 he graduated in Painting from the Department of Art Education, Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of prof. Damir Sokić. So far, he has exhibited in thirty group exhibitions like 32nd Youth Salon, 4th and 5th Biennial of Painting and 13th and 15th Erste Fragments, to name a few. He had solo exhibitions in 3.14 Gallery, Vladimir Filakovac Gallery, Greta Gallery and SC Gallery. He participated on an art residency in Belgium in 2015 and in the 2019 in fine art colony of Počitelj (BiH). He has received 0 awards for his work so far. Since 2018 he has been working as a professor of fine arts and technical culture at the Slava Raškaj Education Center in Zagreb.

Phone: 099 501 8068





Supported by:



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 October 27, 2019


On October 2, 2019 in Home of HDLU, popular Meštrović Pavilion, opens the fifth edition of important cultural manifestation The Biennial of Painting, which will remain open until December, 8. Through the works of 40 selected artists and 5 invited artist a cross-section of the prominent Croatian painting scene in the last two years will be represented.

Traditionally, within The Biennial of Painting, the exhibition of foreign authors is also hosted, which, according to the guest curator’s concept, represents the cross-section of the painting art scene of one of European cities (2011, “I am Berliner”, Berlin; 2013, “Vienna Calling”, Vienna; 2015, “Exporting Gdańsk”, Gdansk, Extended Painting Prague). This year’s Biennale hosts the exhibition THE LEIPZIG CONNECTION under the curatorial concept of Mark Gisbourn. The exhibition reveals a rich variety of works that are meritorious for the international status of four generations of prominent Leipzig artists.

Recognizing the growing number of artists who express themselves in the medium of murals, represented in numerous public locations, and the importance and quality of works this This year, the Biennale introduces novelty and introduces this form of artistic expression.

Additionally, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb at the Šira Gallery, the most prominent student works will be presented as part of the accompanying program.



Pavle Pavlović, Red Baron, 2019


The Biennial of Painting was established by Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) in 2011 with an idea of presenting the current state of Croatian painting scene with an exhibition that represents a wide section of artworks from generations that actively shape it.

The Biennale follows the development and current achievements of Croatian painting scene, featuring recognizable performances and authors in the last two years. The Biennial of Painting provides the wider public with the opportunity to meet different generations, heritage and poetics employed by the painting scene in one place.

Selection committee of The 5. Biennial of Painting: Tomislav Buntak, Danko Friščić and Zlatan Vrkljan selected 40 artists to be represented on 5. Biennale of Painting:

Aleksandar Bezinović, Anabel Zanze, Andrej Tomić, Damir Sobota, Domagoj Rogina, Đuro Seder, Emanuela Lekić, Fedor Fischer, Gordana Meštrović, Grgur Akrap, Ivan Marković, Ivan Prerad, Jasmina Krajačić, Josip Tirić, Jurica Pušenjak, Katrin Radovani, Lea Popinjač, Luka Kušević, Maja Bachler, Marija Matić, Marko Zeman, Martina Fabijanović, Matej Pašalić, Matko Vekić, Milić Zdravko, Monika Meglić, Nataša Vuković, Nikica Jurković, Pavle Pavlović, Predrag Todorović, Radovan Kunić, Sebastijan Dračić, Sibel Latin, Stipan Tadić, Stjepan Šandrk, Tara Beata Racz, Valentina Supanz Marinić, Viktor Daldon, Zlatan Vehabović, Željka Cupek

and invited 5 artists:

Bojan Šumonja, Martina Grlić, Vatroslav Kuliš, Zoltan Novak, Željko Kipke.


The involvement of Croatian Postal Bank as the general sponsor of The 5. Biennial of Painting has made possible to grant two monetary awards for outstanding artists: HPB Grand Prix (15.000,00kn) and HPB award for young artist (10.000,00kn). At the initiative of the anonymous philanthropist, inspired by the opus of the young artist Iva Vraneković, in her memory and as a stimulus for work and production of young artists a monetary Award Iva Vraneković – artist to the artist will be given.


At the Ring Gallery, for the first time, a selection of the most significant street art creations and a cross-section of the most prominent recent murals from Croatia will be presented.
Following artists will be presented: Damir Sobota, Goran Rakić, Jelena Bando, Lav Paripović, Melinda Šefčić, Miron Milić, Sanja Stojković (Tifany Rubi), Slaven Lunar Kosanović, Stipan Tadić, Tomislav Loncarić (Lonac), Tomislav Buntak, Vladimir Tomić (Mosk).

Exhibition of students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb
Šira Gallery
October 9 – 29, 2019
The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb at the Šira Gallery will present an exhibition of works by students of the graduate study of the Art Department and works of students of the graduate study of Fine Arts in the Art Education department realized within the main artistic subject of Painting.

Guided tours of the exhibition:
During Biennial, every Thursday at 5.30pm a guided tour of the exhibition will be organized. Meeting point is in front of Bačva Gallery, Home of HDLU, Trg žrtava fašizma 16, Zagreb. The tours are free of charge with presentation of the exhibition ticket.






Matthias Weischer, Bau 2, 2019


A show of paintings by artists trained in Leipzig over the last twenty-five years represents something of an aesthetic phenomenon. Entitled The Leipzig Connection the exhibition reveals a rich diversity of works representing the international status of four generations of important artists. While in the current presentation the pictorial focus has been placed on the post-communist painting generations. That is to say beginning with those who studied at the Leipzig Academy, in the 1980s and through the end of the GDR (German Reunification took place in 1990). However, visual insights into the progenitors of the School, and material to its development, have also been included. From the 1960s onwards what began primarily as a Book and Graphic Arts Academy became a major painting tradition within Eastern Germany. Whether speaking of the early Communist masters such as Heisig, Tübke and Mattheuer, and following on through the “second generation” students Rink, Stelzmann and Gille, a significant and long-lasting figurative tradition of painting was established in Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. With the eventual end of Communism and official determinist “socialist realism” art policies, forces of creative diversity allowed the Leipzig School to induct a rich diversity of young potential artists from across Germany throughout the 1990s up to today. As a consequence the painting practices (free of ideology) in figurative painting became extended in many diverse and innovative directions. Whether speaking of the transitional 1980s to the period immediately post-Communism student-practitioners (Rauch, Aichinger, Krause and Schröter) and later the  “third generation” of independent Leipzig trained painters, Weischer, Schnell, Baumgärtel, Kobe, Ruckhäberle, et al., new avenues of inventive realism, experimental narrative, and essays in pictorial fantasy came into focus garnering many international exhibitions and collectors across the world. Hence, and since that time, continuous contemporary forms of figuration have developed in many directions, the magic realism of Krüger, the collage paintings of Hofmann, the personal existential realism of Brandl, or the optical realist semi-surreal fantasies of Gernegross. Over four generations an extraordinary range of figurative painted images and creative material practices has been transmitted. The aim of The Leipzig Connection exhibition is therefore to introduce the rich diversity of Leipzig-trained figurative painter-practitioners to the public in Zagreb, and to do so in the context of the Croatian Biennial of Painting. The fact that HDLU has a permanent residency programme in Leipzig witnesses a continuous connection, and in doing so opens the two places to different painting traditions to further stages of fruitful interaction and hybridisation. Commensurate in both size and scope Zagreb and Leipzig represent in other aspects a shared history of related Communism manifested in subtlety different ways of exigency. As an exhibition The Leipzig Connection is should to be seen as an overview of half a century of creative expression, yet at the same time it should be read as an example of liberation, an institutional regeneration from the false hypotheses of ideological painting.

©Mark Gisbourne

Curator “The Leipzig Connection.”


Curator: Mark Gisbourne

Hans Aichinger, Tilo Baumgärtel, Christian Brandl, Falk Gernegroß , Sighard Gille,  Rayk Goetze, Bernhard Heisig, Julius Hofmann, Martin Kobe, Axel Krause, Markus Matthias Krüger, Corinne von Lebusa, Akos Novaky, Gudrun Petersdorff, Ulf Puder, Arno Rink, Johannes Rochhausen, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Rigo Schmidt, Annette Schröter, Volker Stelzmann, Miriam Vlaming, Matthias Weischer, Doris Ziegler.


Mark Gisbourne – biography






Uz potporu:



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


Karas Gallery
September 17 – September 29, 2019

Opening of the exhibition: Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery

Exhibition Inscriptions, by Mario Kolarić, will be opened on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).



I have been looking at the transparency and depth of the white surface of the paper for the last 15 years. It’s a space that keeps following me and doesn’t disappear. Out of the constant need to fulfill it, I came to a moment of reconciliation with that endless whiteness. I now fill it only to create a momentary record, as an act of confirming my presence. Also, this is probably something that will have its end, but at the moment it is how I´m looking at my work in the medium of drawing. This series consists of three larger format drawings that are a continuation of the series, exhibited at the Belgrade Youth Center Gallery last year. With little technical differences in terms of color, composition, and format, the new drawings continue to the initial idea of presence as a kind of measurement of the mental space that emerges during daily drawing practice. Using simple line repetition, as an imprint of auto-identity, a complex abstract narrative within a space that resonates with ephemerality is created. The drawing itself emerges from the static of the frame and floats freely in space, present in it with the observer. I draw the lines themselves with the help of a straightener; with which they reinforce certain spontaneities, which, despite the tendency to be exact, happen on paper. The physical contact I have with the paper in the preparatory process leaves, at that stage, hardly noticeable traces of grease from the hands. When drawing lines, they are manifested either by changing the shade of the line itself or through fingerprints that float to the surface. The very idea of presence gets its additional mark here, while the play of exact lines with a straightener and hand that inevitably errs, confirms the vibrant and elusive nature of the moment of presence.



Mario Kolarić was born in Belgrade in 1984. He grew up in Osijek. Currently works and lives in Belgrade.

2010 – Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, academic painter-graphic artist
Member of HDLU since 2010
2016 participant in the Jalovik Art Colony, Jalovik, Serbia

Solo exhibitions:
2018 – “… i tako u beskraj”, Belgrade Youth Center Gallery, Belgrade (Serbia)
2017 – ”Titraj”, KC Grad Gallery, Belgrade (Serbia)
2016 – ”Vista”, Greta Gallery, Zagreb (Croatia)
2015 – ”Orbis Terrarum”, U10 Gallery, Belgrade (Serbia)
2012 – ”Home”, Galerica Gallery, Makarska (Croatia)
2011 – ”Objectivity”, ParisConcret Gallery, Paris, (France)

Group exhibitions:
2019 – ”Skriveno nasleđe”, Golubac castle, Golubac (Serbia)
2018 – ”9. beogradski susreti”, Center For Graphic Art and Visual Researches, Belgrade (Serbia)
2016 – ”39. Jalovička kolonija”, Zoran Simić Gallery, Jalovik (Serbia)
2016 – ”Remont – Studija slučaja”, Actopolis Gallery, Belgrade (Serbia)
2015 – ”U10 na preuzimanju Kolarca, Kolarac Foundation, Belgrade (Serbia)
2015 – ”24. slavonsko bijenale – selekcija”, Brod Regional Museum, Slavonski Brod (Croatia)
2014 – ”24. slavonsko bijenale”, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek (Croatia)
2014 – ”MUU”, old military hospital, Zagreb (Croatia)
2012 – ”Hrvatski suvremeni umjetnici”, Ernst and Young, Den Haag (Netherlands)
2012 – ”Artists’ Book on Tour”, UPM, Prague (Czech Republic)
2012 – ”Artists’ Book on Tour”, MGLC, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2011 – ”Artists’ Book on Tour”, MAK Museum, Vienna (Austria)
2010 – ”45. zagrebački salon”, HDLU, Zagreb (Croatia)
2008 – ”Transfer magije”, Forum Gallery, Zagreb (Croatia)





Supported by:



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 September 29, 2019


Bačva Gallery, Home of HDLU
September 4 – September 22, 2019


Opening of the exhibition: Wednesday, September 4 at 8 pm at the Bačva Gallery (Home of HDLU)

Exhibition Inversion by Vitold Košir will be opened on Wednesday, September 4 at 8 pm at the Bačva Gallery (Home of HDLU).

” Vitold Košir (1966), an established Zagreb sculptor, graphic artist, classical and rock musician, hunter, falconer… – is a noble savage who strives for a primordial expression in sculpture which he then transforms into a (post)modernist art beton brut. In a circular motion we gradually become aware of the artist’s spatial palpable and visual, devilish tenet based on the contrast of the circle and the rectangular square. It is, transformed into a primary, raw aesthetics at once rough and poetic, rudimentarily shaped. (…)

(…) Vitold is equally in love with the concrete veins of the city and fascinated by nature. By the principle of polarity, like light that penetrates the magnifying glass with its light trace, illuminating and distorting the specificities of the artist’s shadow, it brings us closer to a complex, polyvalent structure of personality that is not easy to classify unilaterally, same as his fundamental sculptural substrate. Košir creates a continuous installation sculpture, transformed into a reverse building by the principle of positive and negative, firmly connected – by heavy symbolic and physical, real 3D form and 2D plastic quality. ”

From preface, written by Željko Marciuš


About the artist



Uz potporu:




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

The exhibition will remain open until September 22, 2019.


Karas Gallery
September 3 – September 15, 2019

Opening of the exhibition: Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery

Exhibition Globes, by Mia Orsag, will be opened on Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm at the Karas Gallery (Zvonimirova 58).

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

(…) Mia Orsag, therefore, fills the small space of the Karas Gallery with seven – a number burdened with symbolic and associative connotations – white spheres, not entirely regular in shape, in different dimensions and prominent textures. (…)

(…) Each Mia´s sphere with its wrinkled, meshed, we would say wounded, the texture will immediately bring to our mind the particular features characteristic of the sculpture of Art Informel or New realism. But it’s just a superficial and misleading impression. These spheres do not speak so much about the agony of industrial civilization, whose material relics are embedded in artistic artifacts pervaded with existentialism, but much more about the crisis in which, in the digitally organized and ever-changing modern world, the human capacity for contemplation and memorization has fallen.  (…)

(…) Mia Orsag, in her own words, approaches lace coasters and tablecloths as a medium in which the meditative energy of devotional and process-treated work is permanently stored. By drowning them in polyester, the memory of a completely different time is permanently preserved. Of course, the shape of the sphere contributes to that feeling with its roundness and completeness. Space and time have merged into one, and each of us has yet to find our sphere.

From the preface, written by Vanja Babić




Mia Orsag was born on July 11, 1983, in Zagreb. In 2008, she earned the title of Academic Sculptor at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb. She has exhibited in local and international exhibitions (Poland, Italy, Germany, Philippines, Vietnam, etc.), she organized several art workshops and co-organized several charity events. In 2013, she earned the title of Graphic Designer at the Ivora Educational Center for IT and Management. From September 2014 to September 2018, she worked as an external associate – gallery coordinator for Karas and Bačva galleries. She belongs to the younger generation of Croatian sculptors, who are focused on the exploration and narrative potential of the texture and material with which they create. Since 2006, she has been actively involved in the Croatian art scene. She is the author of the curatorial concept of the 33rd Youth Salon – Budget (with Martina Miholić) and the conceptual initiator of the program called Vrtlarenje – Art hangout. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Fine Artists and the Croatian Community of Independent Artists. Mia Orsag’s works are represented in several private collections. She lives and works in Zagreb.




Supported by:




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 September 15, 2019



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

Home of HDLU
Trg žrtava fašizma 16, Zagreb, Map...

T + 385 (0) 1 46 11 818, 46 11 819 F + 385 (0) 1 45 76 831 E-mail:

:: Ring Gallery Exibition Space ::

For all Exibitions in our Galleries right now, please visit   EXIBITIONS SECTION ...