On Friday, February 1, 2019, celebrating Museums Night, the Croatian Museum of Naive Art will be open to visitors from 1 pm to 10 pm, with entry free from 6 to 10 pm.
Visitors will be able to view the permanent display, with masterpieces of the classic figures of Croatian naïve art: Ivan Generalić, Mirko Virius, Petar Smajić, Ivan Rabuzin, Emerik Feješ, Matija Skurjeni, Dragan Gaži, Martin Mehkek, Ivan Večenaj, Mijo Kovačić, Ivan Lacković, Slavko Stolnik and others.
Prompted by this year’s Museums Night theme, Museums – Innovations and the digital future, interactive tablets will be positioned in the venue. Visitors will be provided with extra information about the classics of naïve art and their works. With the help of the educational, multimedial presentations available in the tablets, the Naïve can be browed, researched and learned about in the virtual space as well. Thus the experience of familiarisation with naïve art, its representatives and their oeuvres in the context of national and world art will be made deeper and richer.
At 1 pm a cameo critical temporary exhibition of the painter Stjepan Ivanec (born 1953 in Kladare) will open; Ivanec is a distinguished representative of the Hlebine School and the Croatian Naïve, one of the last great virtuoso glass painters. The exhibition will comprise paintings on glass and ink drawings displayed in a separate room.
From 6 to 10 pm the painter Stjepan Ivanec himself will be on hand to demonstrate to visitors the technique of painting on glass, that is, on the reverse side of a sheet of glass, one of the most typical characteristics of painters of the Hlebine School. The painter first of all does a drawing or sketch on paper, and after that places a sheet of glass over the drawing, and paints upon it in phases. First of all the details closest to the viewer are painted, and after the drying of the first layer, the next is put on, with details that are more distant in the composition. The most distant plane of all is painted the last, unlike the procedure of the oil on canvas technique.
In the museum shop, visitors will be able to purchase numerous museum publications or pick something from the big range of museum souvenirs at very reasonable prices.
Every fiftieth visitor will be rewarded with a souvenir.