Croatia to Participate in 58th Venice Biennale

By 30 April 2019

ZAGREB, April 30, 2019 - Croatia's pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arte 2019, the 58th edition of the international visual arts exhibition, will be officially opened on 8 May presenting a work of multi-media artist Igor Grubić which has been described as one of 16 exhibits that are a must-see at this year's Biennale.

Croatia's participation in the Venice exhibition is being organised by the Moderna art gallery under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. Croatia's pavilion of 300 square metres will be located in the immediate vicinity of the Fondazione Prada, in Calle della Regina.

Addressing a press conference on Monday at the Culture Ministry, Assistant Minister Iva Hraste Sočo said that the venue was a 16th century palace that was later converted into a carpenter's workshop and that this was the first time that it would house a national pavilion at the Biennale.

The ministry has allocated 750,000 kuna for the national pavilion and an additional 80,000 kuna to adapt the premises.

The exhibition's curator, Katerina Gregos, said that Croatia deliberately did not chose the Arsenal for its exhibition because it would probably be lost among the multiple exhibitions at the Biennale and added that the choice of the site for Croatia's exhibition was one of the key decisions made.

Igor Grubić is one of Croatia's best known, highly acclaimed and internationally recognised modern artists, Gregos said.

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