Fishermen and shipbuilders from the island of Hvar in the New World
31 July – 30 September 2019

Exhibition author: Branka Bezić Filipović
Exhibition design: Stari Grad Museum
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

The exhibition is dedicated to the fishermen and shipbuilders from the island of Hvar, who left behind a significant trace worldwide. Fishermen’s stories about the eternal struggle of the man and the sea are built in within every pore of their descendants. Many lives were lost in this unsafe business that gave daily bread to many families from Hvar who lived by the far away oceans. In spite of lacking formal education, they had the knowledge to sail and to build ships. Most of them were living on the US Pacific Coast or in New Zealand, and a few in the Gulf of Mexico and Australia.

The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Split-Dalmatia County, Central State office for Croats Abroad, Stari Grad Municipality, Hvar Waterworks and the Stari Grad Tourist Board.

Goran Dužević: Twilights
28 June – 25 July 2019

Exhibition design: Aldo Čavić
Photographs: Bojan Brecelj
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

With his new paintings Goran Dužević reveals in a new way his homeland and abstraction, the essential elements of his artistic creation. In his paintings, this close connection with his island Hvar and the seascapes point to the fascinating expression of his artistic creative power. In his works he introduces the imagination of what is otherwise not seen. He evokes the essence of the landscape to the observer. The paintings reveal the emergence of the earthly paradise. They reveal his homeland and his soul through which the archetypes of nature pass through. That’s why his art is so authentic and convincing.

Goran Dužević was born in 1956. Sixteen years of his life he spent in Skopje, Macedonia, where he completed high school and university, but he spent most of his time in Berlin, Germany where he moved in 1992. He was awarded many scholarships and awards, and was also a scenographer for theatrical performances. Behind him there are more than 50 solo exhibitions, as well as numerous group exhibitions in galleries, museums and other public institutions. Since 2014, he lives and works in Stari Grad, in his studio “Art to go”.

Happy Easter! / Easter postcards from the first half of the 20th c.HAPPY EASTER! / EASTER POSTCARDS FROM THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20th C.
14 April – 30 May 2019

Exhibition design: Aldo Čavić, Andrea Devlahović, Veronika Gamulin
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

In addition to many traditions that occur on Easter, the custom of congratulations and exchange of good wishes is also important. With the innovations in the global postal system, and especially the appearance of the postage stamp in 1840 in the United Kingdom, sending of letters and postcards became easy and affordable. The custom of sending Easter postcards to relatives, friends and acquaintances occurred in the late 19th and early 20th century. These postcards testify to the very lively correspondence of that period and were often the only communication between people separated by great distances.

The exhibition presents a selection from the Stari Grad Museum’s postcard collection containing more than fifty Easter postcards from the first half of the 20th century. Most of them belonged to the collections of teacher Katinka Fabrio and the Ružević family.

Konstantin Đuričković: BogovnikKONSTANTIN ĐURIČKOVIĆ: BOGOVNIK
1. veljače 2019.

With the exhibition Bogovnik, young artist Konstantin Đuričković, from Novi Sad, Serbia, explores virtual reality and digital paganism as well as the relationship of symbols and objects through the prism of Old Slavic mythology. His deities are a combination of digital prints with symbols that represent their mythological stories and three-dimensional totems, reanimated through the AndroidTM app and VR headsets.

The exhibition was part of the Stari Grad Museum’s Night of the Museums programme, held under the theme Museums – Innovation and digital future.



140 years of school in Dol140 YEARS OF SCHOOL IN DOL
Dol, Remetina kuhinja house (the future Sacral collection), 21 December 2018 – 9 January 2019

Organisation: Tartajun Association
Realisation and design: Stari Grad Museum
Graphic design: Viktor Popović

Since in 2018 the regional school in Dol (which belongs to the Petar Hektorović Elementary School in Stari Grad) celebrates 140 years of its existence and also possesses valuable archival material, the School through the past as the foundation for the future project aims to present to the local population the importance of preserving schools in small rural areas of the island. At the same time, this exhibition marks the long tradition of education and preserves the cultural and traditional heritage of this region.

The project and exhibition organiser is the Tartajun Association, while the Stari Grad Museum is responsible for the exhibition realisation and design. The entire project is funded by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds.

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).