About Us

The Galženica Gallery is a non-profitable gallery that functionswithin the wide range of activities of the Lifelong Learning Center in Velika Gorica. It was founded in 1980 and has followed, promoted and produced contemporary art ever since: at first as one ofZagreb's contemporary art galleries until the town of Velika Gorica became independent of Zagreb.

Radovan Vuković was the first director of the Gallery and he was succeeded in 2001 by Klaudio Štefančić (b. Sisak, 1969) who graduated with a degree in comparative literature and art history from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Zagreb) in 1995. He completed his postgraduate course in literature at the same faculty in 2008. In 1996 he finished a year-long traineeship at the Sisak City Museum, and from 1997 to 2000 worked as a curator at Klovićevi Dvori Gallery in Zagreb. His interests include the theory of modern art, theory of media and media art, and curatorial and visual studies. Both independently and collaboratively, he has organized and curated numerous exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. As a guest lecturer, he has taught at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, the Academy of Arts in Split and the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. He has also participated in international conferences in Zagreb and Rijeka dedicated to the visual and media culture. From 2008 to 2015 he delivered lectures on curatorial theory and practices for a nonformal educational initiative called Curatorial Platform in Zagreb. He is the author of the book Montaža organizma u umjetničkom radu Danijela Kovača (Fraktura, 2005). His writing has appeared in texts and exhibition catalogues, as well as in magazines such as Zarez, Život umjetnosti, Umjetnost riječi, Kontura, 15 dana, and texts broadcast on the Croatian National Radio.  

After Klaudio Štefančić’s appointment to the Modern Gallery in Zagreb, the management of the Galženica Gallery was taken over by art historian, independent researcher, and curator Antonia Vodanović (b. Makarska, 1988), who graduated from the University of Zadar in 2014 with an art history degree (mag. hist. art.) integrating curation and conservation. From 2015 to 2016, she worked as a curatorial trainee at the City Museum of Makarska. In the same year, she passed the professional curatorial exam administered by the Museum Documentation Centre. From 2018 to 2019 she worked as a gallery assistant at Oris House of Architecture in Zagreb, and from 2019 to 2020 as a manager of the same gallery. She is a co-founder and the president of Kačić – a non-governmental organisation for researching, promoting, and protecting cultural heritage of Makarska and Biokovo hinterland through which she conceived, realized, and managed numerous programs with the aim of protecting and valorising modern architecture from the second half of the 20th century. As an independent researcher, she has delivered lectures on a number of international and national scientific conferences in Croatia and abroad; she has also published several research papers and essays in journals and conference publications. Her research interests include interdisciplinary research of cultural and architectural heritage on the crossroads of art history, cultural history, historical anthropology, and ethnology. She participated in the organization and curation of many exhibitions and cultural programs. Since 2020, she has been working as a head gallery manager and curator at the Gallery Galženica in Velika Gorica. 

 

Working Hours of Galženica Gallery

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 10 am to 4 pm

Tuesday and Thursday – 4 pm to 8 pm

Saturday – by appointment only

Sunday and on Holidays – closed