The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art
has pleasure in inviting you to the launch and presentation
of the Guide to the collection, entitled
The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art
Guide to the Museum Collection: Naïve, Art Brut and Outsider Art Masterpieces
Project creator, editor: Vladimir Crnković
Translation: Graham McMaster
Design: Boris Ljubičić, STUDIO INTERNATIONAL
Friday, March 16, 2012 and 1 p.m.
Croatian Museum of Naïve Art
Hrvatski muzej naivne umjetnosti
Ulica sv. Ćirila i Metoda 3
This Guide provides a selection of the best artists of the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art and of their most typical and polished creations, showing vividly that the Museum, as well as major works of the national culture, also possesses a fine collection of artworks by foreign masters, with a series of key works. The project covers 48 artists and 185 top class artworks. Each artist is presented with a short overview, indicating all the most important thematic, stylistic and morphological as well as poetic features of each individual oeuvre.
The work begins with a short encyclopaedia-style entry setting out the meaning of the concept of the Naïve and Naïve Art; then there is an interpretation of some other concepts from the sphere of the art of autodidacts from the 20th century, such Art Brut and Outsider Art – all of which are at the centre of the interests of the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art. After this comes a short chronology of the Naïve in Croatia, with a separate essay on the phenomenon of what is known as the Hlebine Painting School – of Ivan Generalić, Mirko Virius, Dragan Gaži, Ivan Večenaj, Mijo Kovačić and their followers – as well as of the independent artists - Petar Smajić, Emerik Feješ, Matija Skurjeni, Ivan Rabuzin and others. This is followed by a chapter on Croatian Outsider Art, featuring such practitioners as Jakov Bratanić, Hrvoje Šercar, Ambroz Testen, Drago Trumbetaš – and a chapter about foreign masters from the Museum’s collection, where top flight artists of the Naïve, Art Brut and Outsider Art alternate - Erich Bödeker, Pietro Ghizzardi, Jože Horvat Jaki, Ilija, Pavel Leonov, Sofija Naletilić Penavuša, Nikifor, Sava Sekulić, Milan Stanisavljević, Willem van Genk, Bogosav Živković and others. In conclusion, a selection from the drawings, watercolours and prints of Croatian Naïve artists is presented – of Ivan Generalić, Rabuzin, Lacković and Kovačić. The two final chapters discuss the precursors of the Croatian Naïve: in the first there are the vernacular religious glass paintings of anonymous artists of the 19th century; in the second, a selection from the work of members of the Zemlja Artists’ Association – first and foremost of Krsto Hegedušić – who helped in the discovery, formation and affirmation of the phenomenon of the Hlebine School, in other words, of Naïve art in Croatia.
In the new exhibition premises of the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, in the Rauch Palace, to which the museum will move in the foreseeable future, it will be possible to exhibit about 250 pieces, and so it will be possible to obtain a vivid impression of all the most important creative artists, all the best works, all trends and tendencies of Naïve and Outsider work, just as it will be feasible to present all the most diverse forms of modern self-taught art, domestic and foreign alike. The selection of works and artists has already been made, and this overlaps with and in the number of classic works expands on the presentation in this Guide.
As well as the artists mentioned, the anthology has something to say about the following artists: Franjo Mraz, Franjo Filipović, Martin Mehkek, Josip Generalić, Ivan Lacković, Franjo Vujčec, Nada Švegović Budaj, Dragica Lončarić and Stjepan Ivanac of the Hlebine School. After that come Lavoslav Torti, Eugen Buktenica, Slavko Stolnik, Drago Jurak and Krešimir Trumbetaš from the independent authors’ section, and once again Jurak whom we also classify within Outsider Art. Among the foreign artists, as well as those mentioned, come: Enrico Benassi, Taizi Harada, Pal Homonai, Vangel Naumovski, Simon Schwartzenberg and Germain van der Steen. In the chapter about drawings, watercolours and prints of the Croatian Naïve, as well as those mentioned, there are the works of Feješ, Smajić, Skurjeni, Drage Trumbetaš, Krešimir Trumbetaš and Dragica Lončarić. And in conclusion, among the works of artists of the Zemlja Artists’ Association, apart from Krsto Hegedušić, works by Ivan Tabaković, Marijan Detoni and Edo Kovačević are presented.
At the end of the book, the documentation includes a list of the most important references since 1911, date of the first monograph about Henri Rousseau, to 2011. The anthology shows tellingly why the Croatian Naïve, along with Rousseau and the French classics of the first generation, is reckoned to be one of the most important and artistically most significant segments of the world’s Naïve.
Basic information about the book:
Published by: Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, Zagreb, 2011
Referees: Tonko Maroević, Franjo Mrzljak, Marijan Špoljar
Croatian text copy-editor: Salih Isaac
Colour slides and digital photography: Boris Cvjetanović, Luka Mjeda, Goran Vranić, Stanko Vrtovec
Graphic professing of the reproductions: Art studio Azinović, Zagreb, Zlatan Morić
Pre-press: STUDIO INTERNATIONAL, Zagreb, Toni Gačić
Printing: Denona d.o.o., Zagreb
Format: 21x12 cm
The book contains: 232 pages with 185 colour reproductions of artworks, 48 photographic portraits of artists and 61 reproductions of the covers of diverse monographs, books, catalogues and museum building and exhibition rooms.
Publication of the book was supported financially by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.
During the launch of the Guide, we shall also mark the 60 years of the continuous existence and work of the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, the first and now the oldest museum of the Naïve in the world, founded on March 16, 1952, opened to the public on November 1 of the same year, then called the Peasant Art Gallery; in 1966 the name was changed to the Gallery of Primitive Art, and since 1994 the institution has worked under its present title.