In our weekly art feature, we bring you a selection of cultural events and exhibitions in various places on the Adriatic coast.
This week, we take you to see three great solo exhibitions in Novigrad in Istria, Opatija and Split!
1) Nelio Sonego: Secretizie, Lapidarium Museum, Novigrad
Swiss artist Nelio Sonega is known for his abstract paintings featuring rhythmically arranged colourful lines on white surfaces. In the foreword, museum director Dr Jerica Ziherl writes it can be said Sonego’s art exists on a loop, incessantly going back and repeating the same pattern. It’s a certain value system that makes it possible for endless variations of one visual formula to happen – they are extremely similar, but never a 100% identical. Simple but vivid, the paintings perfectly blend with the museum space without interrupting the existing layout of the permanent collection, creating a unique rich spectrum of visual sensations.
Where: Lapidarium Museum, Veliki trg 8a, Novigrad
When: June 9 – June 23, 2017
2) Dalibor Stošić, Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion, Opatija
There might come a day Opatija won’t get featured in this weekly overview, but it seems it’s not going to happen very soon. The Croatian Museum of Tourism tirelessly blazes a trail with their fantastic exhibitions both at their seat in the Villa Angiolina and on other locations, and this time, they prepared a treat in the picturesque Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion. The exhibition features works of the academic sculptor Dalibor Stošić, an acclaimed artist with numerous series of sculptures created during his long career. The selection isn’t exactly a formal retrospective, but it features pieces from Stošić’s entire opus, allowing the visitors to follow his artistic development and admire both the aesthetic quality and the meaning of the works.
Where: Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion, Park Angiolina 1, Opatija
When: June 10 – August 21, 2017
3) Sara Rajaei, Basement Halls of Diocletian’s Palace, Split
One of the most scenic exhibition spaces in the country, the basement halls in Split will house the works of the Iranian-born video artist Sara Rajaei who is currently based in Rotterdam. Rajaei comes to Split with a compilation of four different works depicting different mentalities in all corners of the world: a video installation In the Gaze of Panoptes (2016), a short film The Motel in the Well (2016), another video installation titled Objects of Purely Sentimental Value (2010) and a short biopic Shahrzad (2009). All works are inspired by the lives or ordinary people from around the globe who ‘belong nowhere’, getting united at the exhibition conveniently named From and Unknown Destination to the Rest of the World… The foreword describes Rajaei’s visual poetics as similar to film, due to the narrative tone of the videos combined with highly aesthetic visual material. Quality concept, impressive artist, perfect ambiance – worth seeing!
Where: Basement Halls of Diocletian’s Palace, Split
When: June 13 – June 30, 2017