Rijeka Holding Exhibition Dedicated to its Luthier Kresnik

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ZAGREB, December 7, 2019 – The Rijeka-based Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral on Friday staged an exhibition about a local luthier, Franjo Kresnik, and the exhibition titled “Violins Beyond Borders/Stradivari in Rijeka – Kresnik and Cremona” is part of the project of Rijeka – the European capital of culture in 2020.

The authors of this exhibition, which will be held throughout 2020, are Tamara Mataija and Tea Perinčić of the Maritime and History Museum and Fausto Cacciatore of the Violin Museum in the Italian city of Cremona.

The exhibition is dedicated to Kresnik, a doctor who was born in Vienna in 1868 and lived in Rijeka until his death in 1943 and who was known for his passion for building violins and other string instruments.

He had a role in reviving the Cremona school of violin making. Kresnik, who craved knowledge about the art of making violins from the era of Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri at the turn of the 18th century, often travelled to Cremona and started building violins following the example of those two Italian luthiers.

Some of the violins made by Kresnik as well as violins built by Stradivari and Guarneri are part of the exhibition. The violins of the Italian luthiers can be seen until 8 March 2020, while the exhibition runs through January 2021.

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