Big Ljubo Ivancic Exhibition Tonight in Dubrovnik

Lauren Simmonds

Calling all art lovers!

The Dubrovnik Art Gallery will open the large art exhibition entitled “Ljubo Ivancic: Praise to the Painting” by Zvonko Makovic.

The talented artist Ljubo Ivancic was born on January the 18th, 1925, in the Dalmatian capital of Split, where he spent a colourful and modestly lived childhood. From the years 1931 to 1935, he attended school and following his graduation he moved to the secondary technical school under the tutorship of Vjekoslav Panac. During the Second World War he resided on Brac, Hvar and Vis, expressing his obvious talent by working as an illustrator in the coastal town of Sibenik from February 1945 onwards.

In May 1945, he arrived in Zagreb and took the entrance exam at the Academy of Fine Arts, all went well until the beginning of 1946, when doctors discovered that he was severely unwell. Despite his significant struggles with his own health, he managed to succeed in graduating in the year 1949, continuing his further education until 1951 when he graduated from his postgraduate studies.

In 1954, he organised his very first solo exhibition, eventually returning to the academy at which he studied and becoming an assistant in 1961, and in 1964, he was promoted to assistant professor. By 1975, Ivancic was a professor, eventually retiring in 1979.

Between the years 1955 to 1974, Ivancic travelled excessively, repeatedly making appearances in several European countries such as Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria and Hungary. He deservedly won various awards, both domestic and foreign. His incredible exhibitions (both solo and group) have been held all over the former Yugoslavia, from at home in Croatia in Zagreb, Bol, Split and Rijeka to the Serbian capital of Belgrade, the Macedonian capital of Skopje, the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and more.

Despite his unenviably ill health, Ljubo Ivancic lived a relatively long and definitely full life, passing away on the 21st of April 2003 in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

The exhibition is naturally expected to be a hit with the public and will open at 20:00 this evening. It will remain open for a longer time, closing on the 30th of July, 2017.



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