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FROM IMAGINATION TO ANIMATION: SIX DECADES OF ZAGREB FILM

30.01.2020 – 31.10.2020 / MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ZAGREB

The Museum of Contemporary Art announces a large multimedia exhibition From Imagination to Animation: Six Decades of Zagreb Film, dedicated to famous works of art created within this institution founded in 1953, which has produced more than two thousand animated, documentary, educational and feature films over six decades. commercials. To this history belongs the globally recognizable phenomenon of the Zagreb School of Cartoon Film, then more than 500 awards, among which a special place is occupied by the prestigious American Film Academy Award for Best Animated Film awarded in 1962 to Surrogate Dušan Vukotić. To this we add three Oscar nominations – in 1964 for the film The Game of Dušan Vukotić, then in 1973 for Tup-tup by Nedeljko Dragić and in 1980 for the film Dream Puppet directed by Bob Godfrey and Zlatko Grgić, and there are numerous other awards at home , European and world film festivals and animated film festivals.

Starting from Dušan Vukotić’s statement that animation is the most versatile art of expression, a form of synthesized communication, education and information that is miraculously attractive in all its forms, the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art will show animated films for the first time on such a large scale and in a comprehensive multimedia way. Zagreb film. These films have won audiences and expert juries around the world, thanks to the fantastic stories they have told and the inventiveness, creativity and superior aesthetic value of their original, recognizable visual language.

The exhibition will present the exceptional achievements of the great authors of the Zagreb School, the Croatian artistic heritage of the highest level recognized by the whole world. In addition to films, the exhibition will show valuable archival material of Zagreb Film, Croatian State Archives and private collections – drawings, sketches, complete and authentic objects, placing them in the context of the time in which they were created and connecting them with works of art from the Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Croatian museums. From the rich treasury of Zagreb film, we have selected more than 200 animated films and a great documentary and film production that will be shown during the exhibition in the Gorgona hall of MSU.

The cartoon studio was founded in 1956 under the auspices of Zagreb Film and then began an intensive period of development of artistic animation. Due to its original approach and specific animation process, choice of themes and high artistic quality, this concept aroused great interest with its first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, and French critics George Sadoul and André Martin call it the Zagreb School of Cartoon Film. At the exhibition, visitors will be able to experience the atmosphere of a cartoon studio with numerous interactive content and accompanying programs.

The cartoon studio brought together many strong authorial personalities who changed the history of animation with top achievements. One of the first great successes was the award of the Venice Film Festival for the film Single by Vatroslav Mimica in 1959, and already in 1962 the film Surrogate by Dušan Vukotić won the Oscar. The golden history of the Zagreb School of Cartoon Film was created with them by authors such as Nikola Kostelac, Boris Kolar, Zlatko Bourek, Borivoj Dovniković, Nedeljko Dragić, Zdenko Gašparović, Zlatko Grgić, Vladimir Jutriša, Aleksandar Marks, Vladimir Kristl, Pavle Štalter, Dragutin Vukin , Milan Blažeković, Zvonimir Lončarić, Joško Marušić, Krešimir Zimonić, Branko Ranitović, Zlatko Pavlinić and many others. The series Professor Baltazar, Inspector Mask, Maxi Cat and Little Flying Bears are a continuation of the golden series of authorial achievements created in the production of Zagreb film. The beginning of the new century belongs to a new generation, which includes authors such as Nicole Hewitt, Daniel Šuljić, Irena Jukić Pranjić, Livi Rajh, Marko Tadić, Darko Bakliža, Dušan Gačić, Danijel Žeželj and others, who bring new ideas and approaches in the field of animation.

At the time when Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Museum of Contemporary Art presents a unique film and art phenomenon recognized not only in Croatia but also in the world, indicating the need to musealize this specific and very valuable artistic heritage.

Authors of the exhibition: Simon Bogojević Narath, Vesna Meštrić and Snježana Pintarić

Visual identity and art exhibition: Vladimir Končar / Vedran Kasap and Ozana Ursić (Clinica Studio)

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