painting

  • 18.11.2016. - 17.12.2016.

    Aleksandar Bezinović / Katarina Vojković

    Solo exhibitions by Aleksandar Bezinović and Katarina Vojković is the last one of the exhibitions with which, this year, we present young artists related to Velika Gorica and its surroundings. About the works presented at the exhibition art historians Rozana Vojvoda and Petra Petrušić writes:

    Creation and dissolution, construction and deconstruction, appearing and disappearing; all of these pairs of antonyms can be applied to Aleksandar Bezinović’s work created within the last two years. Through procedures which include lighting on fire, scraping, a profuse use of adhesive materials, even the intentionally induced corrosion of metal plates, the author additionally emphasizes the already unsteady relationship between the foundation, the figurative motif, words and colour. Reconstruction, as the central theme of this exhibition, becomes an applicable and, at the same time, relative creative principle – everything can somehow be reconstructed when technology and a creative principle are in line: a palm tree or even the human body

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  • 14.10.2016. - 05.11.2016.

    Željka Cupek / Marija Lovrić

    Solo exhibition by Željka Cupek and Marija Lovrić is one of the exhibitions with which, this year, we present young artists related to Velika Gorica and its surroundings. About the works presented at the exhibition, the artists says:

    Introspection, 2016

    These days, living a modern and, you could say, superficial way of life, creates a need to connect with oneself. This is an extremely important human need which we often neglect. Even when we are talking about awareness or self-confidence, we very rarely truly feel that. Self-awareness is a higher state of consciousness, a connection with one's self. It is the ability to feel the messages from our inner reserves of emotional memory. In order to advance our self-awareness we need to explore ourselves, respect our bodies, take care of ourselves and enter out inner selves. Each person is unique, both physically and psychologically. Each person has their own energy frequency and when we connect we feel the new energy which permeates into us and prompts various emotions. We feel vibrations, depths, we see colors, hear different sounds. Sometimes we become intensely self-aware, aware of our own physiological processes.

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  • 19.02.2016. - 19.03.2016.

    Duje Šuvar / Vid Vučak

    This year’s exhibition programme dedicated to young artists from Velika Gorica opens with an exhibition featuring two academic artists: Vid Vučak and Duje Šuvar. Vid Vučak graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Arts of the University of Split in 2009. Until recently, he mostly specialized in memorial and portrait sculpture, while a new cycle of his work is going to be exhibited in Galženica Gallery. Duje Šuvar graduated from the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2008 and from the Department of Restoration and Conservation at the same Academy in 2011. His approach to painting can be described as (Photo)realist, exploring the themes ranging from urban everyday life to Christianity.

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  • 22.04.2015. - 31.05.2015.

    Every tree stands in silent thought

    Jan Chudy, F.F. Coppola, Boris Cvjetanović, Darija Čičmir, Gradski muzej Virovitica, Ivan Ivanković, Ines Kotarac, D.H. Lawrence, Barbara Loden, Sara Malić, Hana Miletić, Ema Muža, Muzej Turopolja, Muzej grada Koprivnice, Vesna Parun, Barbara Radelja, Andrea Resner, Luka Rolak, Davor Sanvincenti, Martin Scorsese, Tamara Sertić, Sv. Ambrozije, Mladen Šutej, Zlatan Vehabović, Davor Vrankić, Magdalena Vuković 

    There is a series of exhibitions hiding under the umbrella title of “Inner museum”, and the first one is dedicated to the phenomenon of solitude. Almost all social and natural sciences agree that humans are primarily social beings. Social interactions determine our character, our actions and our moral values to a large degree. Starting from the very first contact with our parents or guardians, through the adaptation to new environments (school), to the purposeful participation in the community, intersubjective relations are essential for normal human development. Language acquisition, developing behavioural social patterns, compassion, intelligence, etc. are just some of the properties which we perceive as positive and automatically associate with sociability. On the other hand, the majority of deviations in human development – from childhood to socially responsible adulthood – are associated with the absence or some kind of a deficiency in the socialization process. Popular culture, proverbially prone to simplification, thus portrays people who prefer solitude as weirdos living on the social margins of class, space, ethics or aesthetics. 

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  • 27.02.2015. - 29.03.2015.

    Jelena Bando / Ivan Prerad, The Other

    Throughout the history, the relationship between different civilisations has been marked by incomprehension and conflicts rather than by curiosity and cooperation. Relying on the concept of the Other, within the Western civilisation there is an entire field of science dealing with that relationship. To put it very simply, the Other is anyone or anything that cannot be explained through the familiar, established value system. The encounter with the Other is always preceded by a long, strenuous journey, whether a real or imaginary one. When it comes to Marco Polo's, Christopher Columbus's, James Cook's or the Seljan brothers' encounter with the Other, we know almost everything. When it comes to Jelena Bando's and Ivan Prerad's encounter with the Other, we will discover something at this exhibition.

    In the history of Modern art, the Other played a short, but prominent role. Around the turn of the twentieth century, the so-called primitive art of the African, Oceanian and Far Eastern peoples changed the manner in which we observe the world through the works of European artists. Whether it is the influence of Japanese prints on the works of Toulouse-Lautrec, the Gauguin's portrayal of life in the Polynesian islands or the influence of African masks on Picasso's art – e.g. on the key painting of European avant-garde "The Young Ladies of Avignon" – each time, we witness the fruitful contact of European art with the art of the so-called New World.

    In the age of technological globalisation and instant communication, what is the destiny of the Other? What is happening with the cultures of other and far-away peoples today? Is it possible that the Other has lost its exotic identity nowadays? Having conquered, measured, mapped and digitalised the "New World", how do we Europeans see it today?

    The paintings by Jelena Bando and Ivan Prerad presented in this exhibition imply that there is still some latent and creative tension between different cultures. But even more than that, maybe the paintings of these young artists suggest to us that the Other, either real or made up, is something without which the art would not make too much sense.

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  • 29.04.2014. - 01.06.2014.

    Tomislav Buntak, Mirror of adventure

    One feature of art is that it creates its own worlds. Even when art overtly refers to reality, when a work of art allows us to recognise motives and phenomena from real life, when art seems to be dealing with our own experience, we must not forget that it all boils down to the figment of imagination guided by its own rules. Tomislav Buntak's painting is an example of such art. Magic realism, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, escapism – are just some of the notions that can help us in an attempt of situating this exhibition in our own art map.

    Even in a very brief résumé of Buntak's present work, two things should be accentuated. Primarily, not many representatives of Croatian modern art have in such a distinct manner reinterpreted the tradition of sacral art. Employing the popular culture imaginarium in depicting Christian topics and motives, Buntak proved that dogma is not of much use in artistic representation. On the other hand, in an exclusive history, not only of Croatian modern art, maybe no one has so consistently and clearly almost as in a blueprint set the motive of escapism as the main topic of his work. Eliminating the stigma of inferiority, Buntak allegedly, without hesitation attached the allegedly inferior area of culture dominated by comics and genre fiction and film to the tradition of the so-called high culture, no matter if it was related to art history (painting), modern art or religion.

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  • 05.10.2005. - 23.10.2005.

    Jagor Bučan, "Affinities"


    Jagor Bučan (1968) exhibits ten large format paintings in which he investigates, in the manner ofpost-painterly abstraction, the relationships between the painter’s background and painter’s structure,between the surface and the decorative pattern, between the gesture and the impersonal layer of paint.In the subtle permutations of organic motives that were drawn by colour markers and multi-colouredsurfaces that were mechanically placed on the rectangular surface of the painting, we can viewBučan’s paintings as a part of postmodern aestheticism.

    Jagor Bučan graduated from Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 where he currently works as anassistant at the Department of art restoration and conservation. He exhibits his works in Croatia andabroad since 1995.

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  • 17.06.2002. - 13.07.2002.

    Slavko Peršić, "Retrospective 1971:1992"


    The retrospective exhibition of Slavko Peršić, painter from Velika Gorica, was organized to mark theanniversary of his death. The exhibition shows his works from 1971 to 1992. Slavko Peršić was a self-taught painter who built his painterly principles within the framework of so-called New Painting.He showed his works in more than 40 solo and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. He was amember of the Croatian Association of Artists from 1992.

    The exhibition was curated by Guido Quien and Radovan Vuković, who also wrote the introductions in the exhibition catalog. The city of VelikaGorica and the Long-life Learning Center published a monograph dedicated to Slavko Peršić, whose author is Guido Quien.

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