The Croatian Adriatic in the painting of domestic and foreign artists since  the 18th century – POSTPONED

The Croatian Adriatic in the painting of domestic and foreign artists since the 18th century – POSTPONED


May 5th – July 12th 2020


For the months of May, June and July, 2020, the Art Pavilion in Zagreb is preparing a major exhibition devoted to the Adriatic Sea.  This is the first exhibition since the Republic of Croatia achieved independence devoted to the Adriatic Sea, Dalmatian cities, the coast and the islands spanning a period of time from the 18th to the 21st century.

The exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions dedicated to Nature that the Art Pavilion launched in 2017, the first exhibition being devoted to the forests in works of art since the 18th century.

The exhibition highlighting the the sea will cover painting in the period from the 18th to the 21st century and it will feature a large number of both Croatian and foreign artists who worked or are still working in this period.

Among the foreign artists, we have selected those who at some time sojourned on the Croatian coast, painted the villages and cities, the sea and the islands.  A particularly important section of the exhibition will consist of pictures connected to the discovery of the Adriatic at a time when, among other things, there was an attempt, including via pictorial media, to define the cultural identity of Dalmatia, at that time one of the Habsburg provinces that Vienna and Europe were discovering in a steady crescendo.

In this context, at the exhibition there will be several works with vistas of Dalmatian cities and spectacular coastal-are landscape formations. The most important are assuredly the works of the Viennese plein-air painters of the Biedermeier period, the famed Austrian painters, father and son, Jakob and Rudolf von Alt, which were commissioned by Archduke Ferdinand (from 1835, Emperor Ferdinand I).  In 1840, Jakob and Rudolf Alt travelled through Dalmatia from Zadar and Šibenik, Trogir and Split to Dubrovnik and Kotor, bequeathing us a series of vedute of exceptional beauty and documentary value.

As well as the Alts there are also  Konstantin Volanakis, Anton Romako, Carl Frederik Sorensen, Karacsay F.E., Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez, Franz Petter and others. All of them painted numerous motifs inspired by the Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea.

The foreign authors will be joined in the exhibition by numerous Croatian artists and the works, including, among others,  Oton Iveković, Mato Celestin Medović, Nikola Mašić, Vlaho Bukovac, Miroslav Kraljević, Emanuel Vidović, Menci Klement Crnčić, Juraj Plančić, Vilko Gecan, Ljubo BabićVladimir Becić, Petar Dobrović, Gabrijel Jurkić, Vladimir Varlaj, Edo Murtić and many more.

The exhibition will last in the Art Pavilion from the beginning of May 2020 to the middle of July 2020. Works will be borrowed from Croatian museums and from several prestigious Viennese institutions – the Albertina, Wien Museum, Belvedere Museum and the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.