Drawings from NSK Print Collection featured as part of Vladimir Becić retrospective at the Klovićevi dvori Gallery
The Klovićevi dvori Gallery in Zagreb is hosting a retrospective of Vladimir Becić which includes works by Becić preserved at the Print Collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb. The exhibition, which opened on 6 December 2018, will remain on view until 10 March 2019, during which period the exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to get better acquainted with the valuable works of this distinguished Croatian painter from the first half of the 20th century.
The exhibition’s authors, Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Zvonko Maković and the Gallery’s curator Iva Sudec Andreis, wished to bring attention to the need for a better and wider recognition of the prominent place and role of Becić in laying the foundations of Croatian modern art, and present Becić’s works that have been discovered only recently, as well as those so far not publicly exhibited. One of such paintings is A Sister and Two Brothers (Sestra i dva brata, 1920), whose features set it apart from the rest of the production of the visual art scene in Croatia in the first decades of the 20th century and reveal Becić’s openness to some other influences during the period when Croatian painting was under the strong influence of expressionism.
Among approximately 150 works borrowed from some twenty Croatian and foreign heritage institutions and private collections are also two drawings by Becić preserved at the Print Collection of the National and University Library in Zagreb (Akt s leđa (Nude, from behind) and Žena pri toaleti (A woman grooming herself)). Given special attention are works that Becić created between 1916 and 1918, during which period he reported from the Balkan region as a war painter and correspondent for the Paris magazine L’Ilustration. Also, an especially interesting part of the exhibition is varied documentary material, private photographs and personal objects bearing witness to Becić’s life and work.