One-day NSK exhibition held as part of 9th Miroslav Krleža Festival
On 2 July 2020, the National and University Library in Zagreb put on a special one-day exhibition organised as part of the 9th edition of Miroslav Krleža Festival, an annual cultural festival commemorating undoubtedly the greatest Croatian writer of the 20th century and one of the most distinguished Croatian writers and thinkers of all time.
The Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dr Ivanka Stričević welcomed all present at the opening of the exhibition programme, expressing satisfaction that this already traditional NSK event took place despite the circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic and the related social distancing measures. Goran Matović, the Festival’s author and director, presented the programme of this year’s Festival, which, apart from the Library, will also be held at The Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography, National Museum of Modern Art, the famous Zagreb café Kavkaz and the Croatian National Theatre in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and last until 7 July 2020.
Other participants in the exhibition programme were Dr Suzana Marjanić (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb), Dr Lada Čale Feldman (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb) and Head of the NSK Manuscripts and Old Books Collection Dr Irena Galić Bešker, who presented works by Krleža preserved in the Collection and displayed in the Library’s grand lobby as part of the exhibition.
The exhibited works included the first, 1920/22 edition of Krleža’s novel Tri kavalira gospodjice Melanije (Three cavaliers of Miss Melanija), whose reprint, jointly published with the permission of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts by the Library, Teatar poezije art organisation and Jesenski i Turk publishing house to mark the centenary of its publication, was presented as well as part of the exhibition programme, which also included readings of excerpts from the novel by actors Ana Kvrgić, Anica Kovačević and Nikola Baće.
Works by Miroslav Krleža (1893-1981), the greatest Croatian writer of the 20th century and one of the most distinguished Croatian writers and thinkers of all time, preserved in the NSK Manuscripts and Old Books Collection and displayed at the Library’s exhibition held as part of the 9th Miroslav Krleža Festival on 2 July 2020. Photo by: Saša Novković.