Večernji List reports that the largest Croatian art fair, Art Zagreb, is being prepared for the fourth time in a row. This year’s edition, with exhibitions, lectures, panels, films, and concerts, will be held in Hall V of the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, from 15 to 18 September.
This year, for the first time, the organizers of Art Zagreb have established cooperation with the Society of Croatian Art Historians, which will prepare exhibitions of Croatian contemporary art, as well as round tables on events on the art scene.
”The idea of our cooperation is to encourage communication between art historians and artists, communication that used to be very intense, but unfortunately has been lost over time. We hope that with this cooperation we will be able to encourage and revive it”, the organizer and director of Art Zagreb Daniel Tomičić told us.
Therefore, four concepts of young art historians who will participate in Art Zagreb have been selected. They are Hana Katanić with a panel on cryptocurrency, Katarina Podobnik with the exhibition “Beginning: (de) construction”, Katerina Jovanović and Ana Žarković organize the exhibition “Homo faber”, and Ana Bedenko, Jozefina Ćurković, and Tea Kantoci the exhibition “Survival Kit”.
Visitors will be able to view (and buy) student works, from students of all Croatian Academies of Fine Arts, but also academies from abroad. The exhibition “18+” by the artist Marko Šošić, assistant professor at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, has also been announced. This will be Šošić’s first solo exhibition in Zagreb, and he will present fifteen paintings created since the beginning of the pandemic and quarantine. And the art organization Yelo is organizing a project of pop-up exhibitions “Art Bubble / Art & Money” at Art Zagreb, about which we will find out in the coming days.
”Behind the organization of an art fair in Croatia, where the market is still lagging behind the West, is the idea of educating the audience and the critical mass”, says Tomičić.
”The main obstacle to investing in works of art is the lack of tax relief for companies that invest in works of art, which, we believe and hope, will soon change with the harmonization of regulations with Western countries. Contemporary art has no place in the media, people do not have the habit of going to exhibitions… In the world, investing in art is treated the same as investing in stocks or real estate and in every age of crisis, and so in this corona crisis, it turns out that art loses the least in value. We started this festival to talk and write about it and to raise awareness about the art market”, concludes Tomičić.
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