From baraka to fabrika / Fish processing on the island of HvarFROM BARAKA TO FABRIKA: FISH PROCESSING ON THE ISLAND OF HVAR
14 August – 12 October 2018

Exhibition author: Veronika Gamulin
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

The exhibition focuses on the tradition of fish salting, present on the island for many centuries, as well as the history of the fish processing industry, i.e. sardine factories operating in Jelsa, Vrboska, Sućuraj and the town of Hvar.

From the earliest times, fishing has been the cornerstone of life on the island of Hvar. Abundance of small pelagic fish, especially pilchard, has always been, along with grapes and olives, the backbone of local economy and socio-cultural development. Economically, culturally and symbolically, the most important commodity is undoubtedly pilchard (Sardina pilchardus) and a long tradition of pilchard salting has survived to this day.

The fish was salted in barrels, stored in specialised buildings called baraka, that once existed in all coastal settlements on the island of Hvar. Due to the development of technology and foreign investment, island’s first fabrika (a sardine factory) appeared in the second half of the 19th century. Fishermen from Hvar spread the tradition of fish salting throughout the Mediterranean, all the way to the southern coasts of Africa and the New World, establishing fishing and fish-processing centres and trade. With the emergence of mass tourism in the 1960’s fishing and fish processing lost their economic and social importance. The Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union and the growing concern for sustainable use of maritime resources pose new challenges. After centuries of glorious past of salted pilchard, today there is not a single purse seiner or fish processing company on the island.

The exhibition was realised in collaboration with the Croatian Maritime Museum Split, Jelsa Municipal Museum, Hvar Heritage Museum and the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research.

Robert Šimrak: The idea of chaosROBERT ŠIMRAK: THE IDEA OF CHAOS
16 July – 6 August 2018

Curator: Vinko Srhoj
Exhibition design: Stari Grad Museum
Photographs: Robert Kožić
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

The series of acrylic by Robert Šimrak titled “The Idea of Chaos” is dedicated to the First World War, the war of all wars that the contemporaries viewed as a disaster so large that the collective imagination could not imagine another such conflict. With the war that will end all wars in the naive hope of mankind, the First World War, through the iconography of the Croatian soldier’s casualties in the uniforms of the Austro-Hungarian army, also occupied Šimrak. His First World War is a dedication to an ordinary soldier, a Croatian civilian in the war uniform who reached the bitter glory of the 42. Home Guard Division called the “Devils’s Division”.

With this exhibition, Stari Grad Museum marked the centenary of the end of the First World War, after the exhibition Stari Grad during World War I and the Italian occupation in 2014 with which the Museum joined the National Programme of the Celebration of the Centenary of the First World War.

30 March – 30 April 2018

The exhibition presents the design projects of several buildings in Stari Grad and Dol, made during the multi-day international architecture and urban planning workshop organised by the Stari Grad Municipality, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy at the University of Split and the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana.

The students worked with their professors to design projects for the Summer Cinema complex, part of the area within the scope of the urban plan of Račice-Vratenjica, the Dolci football pitch, the “Mlin” building in Stari Grad and the project of the Youth Home at Glavica in Dol, which is designed as a Museum of lavender.

110 years of school building in Stari Grad110 YEARS OF SCHOOL BUILDING IN STARI GRAD
26 January – 16 February 2018

Exhibition authors: Mladen Domazet, Vilma Stojković, Andrea Devlahović
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

This exhibition presents an overview of the history of schooling in Stari Grad, which has a long tradition since the first primary school for boys was opened in 1828 and for girls in 1869. Particular emphasis is placed on the construction of the new school building in 1908, as a result of local initiatives due to which the municipality entered a long-term debt burden. Of course, with this the municipality expressed unequivocal views on its own understanding of the role of child education and training. Numerous archive materials were used during the production of the exhibition (Archives of the Stari Grad Museum and Museum of the Dominican Monastery, Archives of Petar Hektorović Primary School, Archives Radoslavić, Kovačević, Zaninović, Bogdanić).


Željko Luka Fredotović: Traditional ship modelsŽELJKO LUKA FREDOTOVIĆ: TRADITIONAL SHIP MODELS
14 September – 5 October 2017

Exhibition design: Aldo Čavić, Andrea Devlahović, Vilma Stojković
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

Željko Luka Fredotović, born in 1950 in the village of Vrbanj on the island of Hvar, started making ship models in his childhood, and his love for ships is alive still. He creates his models remaining true to the original, even in the choice of material. He regularly participates in numerous group exhibitions, national and international competitions where he has won numerous medals.

This exhibition is organised as part of the International Maritime Festival “Days in the Bay”.

Magda Dulčić: Comics and illustrationsMAGDA DULČIĆ: COMICS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
1 September 2017 – permanent

Exhibition concept: Aldo Čavić
Associate: Ivan Svaguša
Exhibition design: Viktor Popović
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

Stari Grad Museum received the complete art legacy of Magda Dulčić (1965 – 2016), which was donated by the mother of the late artist. It contains original drawings, illustrations for numerous books, original comics (many of which have not been published), drawings for animated films, collages and assemblages, photographs, animated films on DVDs, awards and recognitions gained throughout life, personal library. As the first step in the presentation of the artist, her first posthumous exhibition exhibits the selected part of her work on illustration and comics in a room of Juraj Plančić Gallery as part of a permanent exhibition Four Stari Grad artists of the 20th century.

Hvar island's dessertsHVAR ISLAND’S DESSERTS
3 – 31 August 2017

Exhibition authors: Vilma Stojković, Jelena Ivanišević, Melanija Belaj
Associate: Vinka Tudor
Graphic design: Ivan Klepac
Photographs: Mario Romulić, Vilma Stojković

The sweet island of Hvar is most definitely an interesting topic, not only for gourmands and bakers attracted to its tradition, but also for its museologists, and especially ethnographers and anthropologists of food. The history of dessert preparation is closely related to the island’s customs and the yearly cycle, a relationship unaltered to this day. Marica Buratović and Flora Turner Vučetić worked on island customs relating to sweet items and their history, and their knowledge was a great help in creating this exhibition. It is no coincidence that this exhibition is taking place during the fortieth anniversary of the paprenjok (“gingerbread”) exhibition at which Toni Politeo opened his gallery in Tvrdalj.

This exhibition covers all the traditional island sweets, including the occasional forgotten dessert available at the museum table. Such desserts include those our grandparents made – biša, kotonjoda, škanjate and cakes which to this day remain an essential part of all festivities – cviti, paprenjaci, hrustule, pašurate, bruštuloni omenduli and sweets as simple as dried figs or arancini (candied orange zest).

Vannes, European Maritime Heritage Village, 22 – 28 May 2017

Photographs: Bojan Brecelj, Stari Grad Museum archive, Pawel Jaroszewski

Stari Grad Museum presented the rich maritime heritage of Stari Grad on the maritime festival Week of the Gulf of Morbihan (La semaine du Golfe du Morbihan) in the French region of Brittany. In the Croatian i.e. Dalmatian tent, as part of the festival’s European Maritime Heritage Village, Museum presented an exhibition of photographs and the figurehead of the pelig Il Giglio from the 19th century.