Zoran Mušič (Bukovica, 1909 – Venice, 2005) is the
first modernist Slovenian painter to have found recognition in the West.
Master of painting, graphic arts and drawing, he spent
most of his adult life between Venice and Paris. He painted landscapes, still
lifes, portraits, Dalmatian donkeys and horses, trees, cityscapes of Venice,
double portraits of himself and his wife Ida, and poignant self-portraits in
his old age. He constantly related his motifs to the Kras and scenes from
karstic areas. However, he became world-famous with his series of paintings We Are Not the Last in which he
re-experienced his own ordeal in the concentration camp of Dachau.
Displayed is the only permanent retrospective
exhibition of works by Zoran Mušič which was kindly made possible by the family
of the artist's brother. The majority of the exhibited works come from the art
collection of Ljuban, Milada and Vanda Mušič, donated or given on loan to the
National Gallery of Slovenia. The collection covers the artist's production
from 1935 through 1999, that is from the works he painted shortly after he had
completed the academy in Zagreb to those he created in his last series. Due to
the sensitivity of works on paper, the selection of exhibits varies at a few
The permanent exhibition of Zoran Mušič was
inaugurated in the renovated halls of the Narodni dom Palace in May 2016. When
the Gallery opened the exhibition, we announced that we will change the
selection every few months due to the sensitivity of the works on paper. This
time, we are presenting the eight set-up to the visitors. In this way, we are
trying to protect the light-sensitive drawings and prints, an important part of
the artist’s creative oeuvre, from harmful overextended exhibiting and keep the
works at the national collection undamaged and conserved for future
generations, also. Besides holding and conserving the legacy of Zoran Mušič, it
is our mission to grow and upgrade the collection, to conduct research and
present the collection to the public.
The works from the Collection of Ljuban, Milada and
Vanda Mušič was thus loaned to important international presentations of Zoran
Mušič’s oeuvre; Leopold Museum in Vienna and Contemporary Art Gallery in
Monfalcone. The national and permanent collection are complemented by loans,
gifts and purchases of works by Zoran Mušič.
The new set-up of the permanent exhibition of Zoran
Mušič features 45 works of art. For the first time we present a larger
selection of oil and acrylic canvas painting that are partially on loan from
the private and public collections in Slovenia. Watercolours, prints and
drawings are not as present in this selection, with only ten featured. The new
set-up again follows the chronology and cycles within Mušič’s creative body of
work, with emphasis on more indicative works from the collection.
Exhibited are early Mediterranean motifs, which
inspired the painter from Dalmatia to Venice and led his creative path to the
important period of little horses. The present selection highlights the Siena
cycle and vegetable motifs. The latter were interwoven and led to the renowned
cycle We Are Not the Last. Also
standing out are his self-portraits in old age and Venetian land- and
The exhibition's audio guide features descriptions of the artist's pictures and graphic cycles. Available in the Gallery Shop in Slovenian, English and Italian.
New installation, from 10 June onwards
National Gallery of Slovenia