Extensive rescue archaeological excavations in the streets and squares of Stari Grad, which are still ongoing and precede a significant project of building a drainage and water supply system in the Stari Grad area, daily uncovered, in fact actually peeled off, the residual, dense layers of the former life of towns that had grown and decayed in the same place. At the moment, everything discovered so far has been covered with earth again. If it weren’t for Vilma Matulić, an art restorer from the Stari Grad Museum, we would be left without a testimony of those great moments of direct contact with the towns under the town. From May 2021 to May 2022, Vilma used her camera to monitor the archaeological excavations and record, not only the archaeological remains, but also the excitement of discovering the ancient past, an excitement that gripped archaeologists and passers-by alike. The exhibition of Vilma Matulić’s photographs invites you to vicariously take part in this journey into the depths of Stari Grad’s well of the past.
Vilma Matulić graduated from the Academy of Arts in Split with a degree in conservation and restoration of polychrome wood and easel painting. Since 2008, she has been working at the Stari Grad Museum as a curator and restorer. She has been involved in photography for many years. Through her photographs, she tries to promote the cultural and natural beauties of the island of Hvar, and especially the rich heritage of Stari Grad. This is her second solo photo exhibition.
The exhibition is a joint project of the Stari Grad Museum and the Varbonj Association, with which the Museum has been cooperating for many years. The association, led by sculptor Frane Abramović, organizes numerous cultural events, ceramics workshops for children and adults, as well as art colonies. We are also pleased that the exhibition will feature the final artwork created at the mosaic workshops for pupils of the Petar Hektorović Elementary School, led by academic sculptor Iva Mihalić and restorer Vilma Matulić.
The exhibition, supported by the Stari Grad Tourist Board, will be open until June 30, 2022 in the St Jerome Gallery, and afterwards in the Bikarija Gallery, until July 31, 2022.
We look forward to your visit!