5 Art Stops in the Croatian capital of Zagreb

Zagreb is a small city. But for its size it has more than a fair share of museums and galleries such as the Zagreb City Museum. My travel tip is to go Zagreb art gallery hopping during the summer months. This European city empties out during this time; most of the town’s residents head to the coast, for beaches such as Zlatni Rat, leaving the many Zagreb attractions to be explored at leisure.

In today’s post I’m going to share five of my favourite Zagreb art stops.

The Mestrovic Studio – Ivan Mestrovic is one of the most famous Croatian sculptors. His work can be viewed at the Mestrovic Studio located in the Upper Town area of Zagreb. The studio is set up in the home where the artist lived from 1922-1942. Here you can browse through a collection of sculptures, drawings, as well as personal documents and photographs.

Naive Art

Museum of Naive Art – I’ve written about the Museum of Naive Art before (read more here). This continues to be my favourite art museum in the city. You’ll find over 1500 works of naive art here. These include works by Croatian masters as well as other international artist. If there is just one art stop you can make in the city, this is the one it should be.

The Art Pavilion – The Art Pavilion is one of the most spectacular (and recognizable) buildings in the city. It is also one of the oldest. Set up in 1898, the Art Pavilion exhibits collections by both Croatian and international artists. However the gallery doesn’t hold permanent exhibits, so be sure to check current exhibitions before visiting.

Photo by ruscca

Klovicevi Dvori Gallery – Here’s another gallery located in the Upper Town (close to the Museum of Naive Art). Klovicevi Dvori Gallery hosts exhibitions by national and international artists. Along with the exhibits you can also attend a number of associated events here; these included lectures, workshops and auctions.

Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art – Adding a touch of modernity to the proceedings is the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art. Set up in a glass and steel structure, the museum is best known for its quirky and modernistic exhibitions and installations. It also conducts visual arts workshops for children and adults alike.

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