“Book Art in Croatia”, an exhibition presenting the greatest achievements in book design in Croatia to be hosted by the National and University Library in Ljubljana
The National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) and National and University Library in Ljubljana (NUK) are jointly organising Book Art in Croatia, a special exhibition highlighting the wealth and diversity of Croatia’s cultural heritage. The exhibition, authored by art historian, professor and Director of the Croatian Institute of Art History Milan Pelc and prepared as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, will be on view from 6 to 19 March 2018.
The exhibition will open at the National and University Library in Ljubljana on 6 March 2018, through a special programme starting at 12.00. It will be opened by the Slovenian Minister of Culture Anton Peršak, after which the exhibition will be presented by Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Tatijana Petrić, Director of the National and University Library in Ljubljana Martina Rozman Salobir, Croatian Ambassador to Slovenia Vesna Terzić and the exhibition’s author, Milan Pelc.
Book Art in Croatia, which will be accompanied by a homonymous exhibition catalogue, provides a historical overview of techniques and styles employed in the production and decoration of books in Croatia since the middle ages to contemporary times, thus featuring the most rich array of manuscript and printed books, ranging from medieval evangelaries and missals to modern attractively illustrated publications and print portfolios bringing together visual arts and literature. Owing to their outstanding design, i.e. the skilful use of various book decoration techniques to add a telling visual dimension to – and thus accentuate – literary content, the sixty selected works to be displayed at the exhibition represent the greatest achievements in book design in Croatia. Apart from the digitised images of the selected works, the exhibition will also feature several facsimile editions and an original copy of The Beram Missal (Beramski misal), written in Istria in 1450 in the Glagolitic alphabet by the Croatian illuminator Bartol Krbavac and preserved at the Manuscripts, Rare and Early Publications Collection of the National and University Library in Ljubljana.