Konavle Representatives in Zagreb Present Vlaho Bukovac’s Works

Lauren Simmonds

Cavtat native Vlaho Bukovac’s Paris period, from 1877-1893 is presented by representatives of the Konavle Municipality in the capital.

As Dubrovacki Dnevnik writes on the 19th of January, 2018, Representatives of the Municipality of Konavle, led by Deputy Mayor Ivo Radonić, attended the opening of the “Vlaho Bukovac – Paris Period 1877-1893” exhibition at Klovićevi Dvori in Zagreb, which marked the beginning of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in the Republic of Croatia on Thursday evening.

The exhibition was opened by Minister of Culture, Nina Obuljen Koržinek, and besides this exhibition where more than 130 carefully chosen works by Bukovac are being shown, which have been borrowed for this occasion from thirty institutions across Croatia and from abroad, two more are planned – one of which will showcase the period from Cavtat, Zagreb, Vienna, and Prague.

Deputy Mayor Radonić emphasised his pride.

“Over 1,500 visitors is a confirmation of the impact of Bukovac, our man from Cavtat, and on this occasion I’d like to congratulate Lucija Vuković, the co-author of the exhibition as well as the House of Bukovac, and Konavle’s museums and galleries,” said Radonić.

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek said on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković that this exhibition wasn’t selected to mark the beginning of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Croatia without very good reason.

“Vlaho Bukovac, whose life reads like an adventurous tale and with his enchanted artistic opus, applies the fundamental postulates of the year in a symbolic and literal sense, because it’s our cultural heritage,” she said.

“Unsurprisingly immersed in Croatian cultural identity, Bukovac is also a cosmopolitan, who felt equally at home and in Cavtat, Zagreb, Paris, Vienna or Prague, and this is the message we want to send to all of our citizens this year,” said the Minister.

The works come from across Europe, from Great Britain, France, Slovenia, Serbia, Vojvodina, to Montenegro, and among the institutions from which the works are borrowed include the House of Bukovac, Split Art Gallery, the Zagreb Modern Gallery, the Belgrade Museum of Yugoslavia, the National Gallery of Slovenia, the Montenegrin National Museum, The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Museums and Arts, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and a series of dioceses, churches, and of course private collections.

Vlaho Bukovac’s extensive exhibition at Klovićevi Dvori in Zagreb will remain open until the 11th of March, 2018.


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