In 1952, the Peasant Art Gallery was founded in Zagreb; from 1956 it operated under the name of the Gallery of Primitive Art, while since 1994, in line with a decision by the Croatian Parliament, its title has been the Croatian Museum of Naive Art. From the very beginning the establishment was organized and run according to strict museological principles, and is thus deemed to be the worldâ€™s first museum of naive art.
The Naive â€“ also called naive art, the art of the naives, primitive art, the art of the modern primitives and so on â€“ is a distinct segment of the art of the 20th century. It is comprehends a discrete group of painters and sculptors untrained in the ways of art, among the limitless number of kinds of expressions and trends in modern art. The Naives are always distinguished from other self-taught, amateur, popular and vernacular artists by their identifiable artistic style and poetical singularity; by, then, their sheer artistic excellence. The Naive is a concept â€“ just like the concepts of Expressionism, Cubism, Abstractionism, Dadaism and the Surreal and so on â€“ that we use to interrelate some of the separate worlds of modern artistic creativity.
The concept of the Naive has been accepted as a necessary convention for want of a more appropriate definition. Today a large number of artists and works from very diverse localities and cultures, heterogeneous topics, stylistic and morphological, craft and poetic features are brought together under this name. In spite of its lack of appropriateness, the name is nevertheless today so widespread and so well accepted, in all its various forms, that it would be improper to chang... [ ]
Forthcoming exhibitionsIVAN RABUZIN / A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY
For April 10th 2008, a dossier exhibition of the work of Ivan Rabuzin from the holdings of the Croatian Museum of NaĂŻve Art is planned.
The same day the lounch of a monograph, IVAN RABUZIN / A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY will be held. This short review essay concerning the life and workf of the artists, an extended encyclopaedia entry in style, is accompanied by reproductions of all Rabuzinâ€™s works (68) held in the CMNA collection, and with complete documentation, organized according to strict museological principles (4875 bibliographic data).
The exhibition will be on view until April 27, 2008.
Project Author: Vladmir Crnkovic
Documentation: Ksenija PavliniÄ‡-Tomasegovic.
CostEntrance fee for individual visitors:
- adults: 20 kuna
- children, schoolchildren, students and pensioners: 10 kuna
Opening hoursTuesday â€“ Friday: from 10:00 to 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: from 10:00 to 13:00
Closed on Mondays
At the reception of the Museum, apart from numerous books and catalogues from the area of the Naive, we offer postcards, posters, mugs with motifs of pictures from the collection of our institution, T-shirts with the logo of the Museum, decorative mouse pads, and decorative refrigerator magnets and so on.
Every visitor, on purchasing an entrance ticket, receives a free brochure. These brochures are printed in Croatian, English, French, Japanese, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish.
Museum internal and external photos (3)Click on the images to enlarge