Split Gallery of Fine Arts, Split

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The Museum of Fine Arts, is an art museum in Split, Croatia containing works from the 14th century up to the present day providing an overview of the artistic developments in the local art scene. The museum was founded in 1931, and has a permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures that includes works by major Croatian artists such as Vlaho Bukovac, Mato Celestin Medović, Branislav Dešković, Ivan Meštrović, Emanuel Vidović and Ignjat Job. The museum also has an extensive collection of icons, and holds special exhibits of works by contemporary artists.
In 2009 the museum relocated to new premises in the old hospital building in Split, completely refurbished to provide a fully modern exhibit space.
In 1908, a Dalmatian art exhibition was held, the first to bring modern art to the city. Local artists, writers, musicians and architects at that time were training in other parts of Europe, bringing back exciting new trends. The Dalmatian governor, Nicholas Nardelli, bought several pieces from the show to form the basis of a new art gallery, giving them into the care of Kamilo Tončić, the director of the School of Crafts. Over the next 20 years, the collection grew and the art gallery idea was promoted. Approval was granted by the city in 1928, and the first exhibit opened to the public in 1931. Originally housed in a building in Lovretska Street, the museum's first director was Kamilo Tončić, the curator was Angjeo Uvodić, and restorer Cata Dujšin. At the grand opening some 300 works of art were on display, from a total of 500 in the permanent collection.
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  • A small fine arts gallery mainly devoted to Croatian artists. It has some fascinating pieces and installations, housed in a spacious and pleasant building. It is also a nice opportunity to escape the ...  more »
  • Gorgeous building and very interesting array of art and sculpture. There were quite a few modern art installations as well as a couple of temporary exhibitions. If you like art galleries then you'll e...  more »
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  • Fine Croatian Art indeed! You should definitely visit this beautiful, large museum while in Split! Presenting the Croatian art evolution in the last 700 years in a very well organized manner, this museum put to the public some of the most representative pieces from the Croatian artists that led its movement through one of the most beautiful and mature form. The temporary exhibition gave me the opportunity to reflect upon the universality the beauty can be represented despite cultural background differences. I had an amazing experience there, good job!
  • A really nice place for art lovers to get some hint of what Croatian art is like. The exposition is not very tiring, I would say it's perfect to visit after lunch or strolling through the streets of the Diocletian's palace. The building is right beside the golden gate, so you don't need to move at all from the city centre to rest a bit from the crowds and sunshine if you wish. You have a lift inside the building if you go with a child in a stroller or on a wheelchair, there is also an entrance on the right that has a platform so you don't need to use the stairs to the main entrance.
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