#EU2022CZ: Exhibitions spotlighting Croatian-Czech relations on view until 17 Sep 2022
On 7 September 2022, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) hosted the opening of two exhibitions spotlighting the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union along with a nearly millennial bond between Croatia and the Czech Republic. The exhibitions, remaining on view until 17 September 2022, are jointly organised by the Croatian-Czech Society and the Library with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – one is a photographic exhibition, organised under the auspices of the Croatian news agency HINA, whose photo journalists authored a larger part of the photographs to be exhibited (Hrvatska i Češka 1992. – 2022. kroz fotografije), while the other exhibition features the print portfolios of a prominent Croatian painter, graphic artist and designer Zdenka Pozaić inspired by Czech poetry (Češka poezija u grafičkim mapama Zdenke Pozaić).
After a welcome address by the Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) Dr Ivanka Stričević and the presentation of the exhibitions’ background and making by their authors, the President of the Croatian-Czech Society Marijan Lipovac, art historian Nevenka Šarčević and Mrs Pozaić, the exhibitions were opened by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Croatia His Excellency Mr Milan Hovorka.
The author of the photographic exhibition is the President of the Croatian-Czech Society Marijan Lipovac, who selected photographs best portraying the depth and extent of the two countries’ relations in the past 30 years ranging from those documenting diplomatic visits, the countries’ cultural cooperation, support initiatives concerning their ethnic minorities and the Czech Republic’s assistance to Croatia in the dealing with the consequences of the 1991-1995 Croatian Homeland War to those related to tourist visits, the Czech Republic’s investments in Croatia and encounters between Czech and Croatian football fans. The selection thus features the most prominent figures in the two countries cultural relations such as Dušan Karpatský, Jiří Menzel, Michal Viewegh, Zlatko Stahuljak, Vlado Milunić and Miro Gavran.
The other exhibition, featuring Pozaić’s print portfolios inspired by Czech poetry, is authored by art historian Nevenka Šarčević and will present Pozaić’s visual interpretations of works by distinguished Czech poets such as Vladimír Holan, František Halas, Jaroslav Seifert and Jiřina Hauková as well as Croatian poets Dragutin Tadijanović, Antun Šoljan, Tonko Maroević, Luko Paljetak and Andriana Škunca.
NSK hosting exhibitions spotlighting the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union and Croatian-Czech relations. National and University Library in Zagreb, 7 – 17 September 2022.