When you’re visiting a foreign city, especially if it’s the capital, it would be a shame not to go and see its greatest galleries and museums. I know it’s a pretty conventional tip, but you’ll have to excuse me – being an art historian, it’s the first thing that comes to my mind. One of my favorite places of that kind in Zagreb is the Modern gallery – the best place to go if you’re into modern art.
The collection, composed of some 700 pieces, covers a period of two hundred years of Croatian art, from 1800 to 2000. You’ll find a number of great Croatian artist from Vlaho Bukovac to Edo Murtić. The names may not mean much to you, but if you’re an art lover you will surely have a positive reaction when you see the paintings and sculptures. Don’t be intimidated by the ‘modern’ part – even if you’re not into avantgarde and abstract art you’ll find something appealing, as the collection consists of works created during various art movements. The part on the first floor mostly covers the 19th century and is a bit more traditional and classic. It’s on the second floor where the colors and lines go wild.
If you have an hour or two to spare when sightseeing in Zagreb, please take my advice and go give our great national art some love.