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Murtić 100

Marking the centenary of the birth of Edo Murtić


Edo Murtić

Edo Murtić (Velika Pisanica, 1921 - Zagreb, 2005), with his painting opus, unique and recognizable painting style and strong artistic personality marked and formed the cultural life of Croatia and the region in the second half of the XX century and created one of the most influential opuses of high modernism in Southeast Europe. He lived and worked in Zagreb and Vrsar.


Home of HDLU (Meštrović pavilion)
May, 25-July, 18, 2021

The multimedia exhibition Murtić 100 marks the centenary of the birth of an artist who, with his variation of gestural abstraction, was the leading figure of regional high modernism. In terms of art material, the exhibition through chronological and thematic units, conceived for individual spaces of the Home of HDLU, represents all the thematic, formal and technical diversity of Murtić's work through more than 200 iconic artworks.

New abstraction

Lauba - the House for People and Art
June, 1-10, 2021.

The exhibition New Abstraction is a significant and important part of Edo Murtić opus in his last years, and is accompanied by a music program directed by composer and multi- instrumentalist Mako Murtić, grandson of Edo Murtić, which will include ten musicians from the new regional experimental and alternative scene and musical guest Darko Rundek and Damir Urban. In addition to the exhibition and music program, art workshops are also planned.

Symposium: Gesture and Freedom

Hotel Westin and other locations
June, 8-13, 2021

The symposium is entitled Gesture and Freedom, and it will mark the centenary of the birth of Edo Murtić, the most notable representative of gestural abstraction and high modernism (in)of Croatia and Yugoslavia, as well as the 60th anniversary of the exhibition Contemporary Art from the USA held in our museum in 1961. The exhibition was curated by Harvard Arnason and featured works by 33 most distinguished representatives of US abstract expressionism.

Side program

Concerts, lectures, guided tours, workshops..





Predsjednik Republike Hrvatske

President of Republic of Croatia