Lecture by architect Hrvojka Paljan

Architect and urban planner Hrvojka Paljan is to deliver a lecture entitled Designing under Modest Conditions about the urban and architectural development of the Galženica neighbourhood, Galženica South – Gorica III on Thursday, 10 December 2020 at 6 pm in Galženica Gallery (Stjepan Radić Square 5) in Velika Gorica.

Hrvojka Paljan is the architect of the Cultural Centre (Dom kulture) in the Galženica neighbourhood in Velika Gorica that houses a public library, a small concert hall and the gallery. She is also the architect of Stjepan Radić Square in Velika Gorica and is responsible for the urban plan of the Galženica South – Gorica III.

In her public lecture, she will present the urban development of the area including housing, public and green areas, and cultural facilities. While designing the neighbourhood, she applied the premises of urban sociology and German models of city planning, considering space as a place of meetings, social interactions, and socialisation of its residents. 



New Acquisition

Thanks to the donation of Vedran Ružić, a visual artist and jazz musician from Rijeka, the collection of Galženica Gallery now has one more piece of contemporary painting in its possession. The work in question is an acrylic on canvas piece created in 2020 (112 cm x 147 cm) called Keep Digging from the series Wagner. The main theme of the series are the motives from Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen that became the musical base from which the visual articulations were developed. The rendering of the visual events and coloristic effects incorporates the author’s personal psychological states. These are inscribed on the canvas while carried by the experiences of a residency in Berlin and influenced by his immersive listening to Wagner while walking over Himalayas. 

We would like to thank the artist on this valuable donation!



Forbidden Live Jazz Concert – Vedran Ružić Quartet

On 6 November, during the opening of his exhibition, visual artist and musician Vedran Ružić will present his jazz album Forbidden Live, a project developed soon after the first period of collective pandemic isolation ended with the goal of rescuing every, even if it was brief, moment of being in front of a live audience. The album Forbidden Live was recorded at the beginning of June in Pazin during the first post-isolation concert, and after airing in Rijeka, it will be presented at Galženica Gallery in Velika Gorica for the very first time. Forbidden Live was created after the first lockdown, inspired by the silence of isolation, and in words of the artist himself ‘it retains every precious moment spent with the audience’. The musical component of the project includes long-time colleagues and friends: Hrvoje Galler (piano), Jaka Kopoč (alto saxophone), Adriano Bernobić (drums) and Ružić (contrabass, bass guitar). The album has nine original compositions, and the quartet will also perform some pieces from Ružić’s previous albums, one of which – the album Spiritual Market – was awarded the prestigious Porin award for the best jazz album. 



New manager and curator of the Galženica Gallery

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. 

We wish her a lot of success in her work!




We would like to inform you that Klaudio Štefančić has left the position of director of the gallery for the new job. Until the election of a new director, the gallery suspends all activities in the physical and virtual environment.

"I would like to thank all my associates, especially the artists, visitors and workers of Longlife Learnign Center Velika Gorica, for the long and dynamic 19 years of cooperation. I have tried to manage this remarkable gallery space in accordance with the multiple changes in cultural and social life since I was appointed as a director of the gallery in 2001. I have no doubt that the Galženica Gallery, established in 1980 will continue to play an important role in the context of local and regional art culture. I wish a lot of success to Longlife Learning Center and next director of the gallery in the future." (Klaudio Štefančić)




Easteuropean network of contemporary art

Recently, our work has been recognized by EastTopics, the non-profit organization from Hungary. So we eneterd on the map of institutions devoted to contemporary art culture in this part of Europe. More on https://www.easttopics.com/croatia-c1qd



Vladimir Nazor Award goes to Marko Tadić

The exhibition A gaze in wonder of young Croatian artist Marko Tadić, which was curated (curator: Klaudio Štefančić) and coproduced by Galzenica Gallery, received the Vladimir Nazor Award for the best art exhibition in Croatia in 2014. Vladimir Nazor Award is Croatian national award for the best artistic achievements in literature, music, film, visual and applied arts, theater and architecture and urbanism. Prizes are awarded as an annual award and as a lifetime achievement award. Congratulations to the award-winning artists!

Link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/galzenica/sets/72157648311585910



Inner Museum

The exhibition project the Inner Museum is based on several premises: primarily, the fact that contemporary art does not require tradition for its creation or reception and that one does not necessarily need to be well versed in art history in order to establish communication with a work of art. Contemporary art is not contemporary just because it was created in the present, but because it freely appropriates and uses non-artistic social fields (politics, economy, sports, etc.) to increase its visibility. Viewed from this perspective, a museum is not an essential stop in the roundabout of contemporary art production and reception. According to an Austrian artist and the director of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, only about 7% of all artworks created in the 20th century found their place in museum depots, thus acquiring the status of cultural heritage. Today, the situation remains much the same. It seems that art cannot do anything more but fight for the fleeting moment of (media) attention. 



35th Anniversary

This year, Galženica gallery marks its 35th anniversary. The gallery was founded in 1980 within Long-life learning center Juraj Kokot as a non-profit gallery aimed at encouraging and development of visual arts in Zagreb or, more precisely, Velika Gorica as a Zagreb municipality with an increasing number of inhabitants.

Situated in the building of the so-called Cultural centre in a newly-built housing estate, together with a cinema and a library, the gallery quickly integrated into the tradition of Zagreb culture centres that dedicated a significant portion of their activities to visual culture. Velika Gorica gained city status in 1995, so Galženica gallery became the only institution of its kind in the city.

During the 35 years of its work, more than 240 art exhibitions and other events have been organised, featuring over 300 national and foreign artists, art critics, curators and designers. In an informal periodisation or interpretation of Croatian museums and galleries, the work of Galženica gallery might be presented from various synchronic and diachronic perspectives.



Gallery, social networks and public

Web-service Posterous recently announced that will shut down at the end of April. We used Posterorus in 2010 for publishing and archiving artist's talks. 'Screen capture' photo in attachment shows that on the occasion of four exhibition we had more than 7000 Posterous hits. It is truly fascinating information, especially because the number of hits (let's say virtual visitors) exceeds the total number of visitors in physical gallery space for approximately seven to eight years.




After a short break, we begin with the program for 2012:

1. Textil{e}tronics  March 2nd - April 1st, 2012 

"From the textile to the electronic thread, from substance to fashion" - Anda Klančič, Patrizia DonaMarija Mojca Pungerčar, Josipa Štefanec

2. Youth underground press (1968-1972; Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana)   April 27th - May 27th, 2012 

"From Soviet origin to american underground"

3. Radoslav Putar award - finale  June 5th - July 8th, 2012

4. Images of the square October 5th - November 2nd, 2012

5. Eastern Surf: Kernel Panic Control November 16th - December 21st, 2012

Ana Kuzmanić, Shona Macnaughton, Martin Mrzljak, Francesca Nobilucci, Ewan Sinclair 



From the culture of design to designing culture

It seems that the traditional division between pure and applied art still bears some meaning. This flexible, but lasting line is still being drawn today, when most methods used in that distinction are no longer valid. For example, the principles of modelling are no longer sufficient to determine the artistic status of an object or product. The same can be claimed for the nature of social activism organized on the basis of a well-designed aesthetic object or event, since the political battle is more intensively being fought in the field of artistic culture. It is also more difficult to determine the artistic qualification of an object or phenomenon on the basis of intertextual connections, since the institution of art is becoming more complex and is progressively encompassing more and more cultural practices...



P&Q = Q&P

In his book Century, Alain Badiou describes the 20th century as the century determined by politics and art. On the one hand, revolutionary politics, resolved to end all the contradictions of modernity, and, on the other hand, uncompromising art, resolved to equally participate with other social practices in creating the future. What marks the 20th century, claims Badiou, is the moment in which the artistic and political project meet and intersect; at one point it seems that art has more political value and impact than politics, and that politics had more beauty than art...




In the early 1990’s, two major changes were taking place in Croatia: political and territorial independence from ex Yugoslavia and the first wave of economic globalisation. As you may know, globalisation is the economic model that, after the break up of European socialist countries, with the help of the new technologies (the Internet, mobile networks etc.), created new ways of making profit. Two opposite social processes were the consequence of that: degradation of national economies and proliferation of particular cultural identities...



Acknowledgments and Credits

Marketing experts claim there is no better promotion than self-promotion; doctors say prevention is better than cure while Christians believe that self-help comes before anyone else’s help, including God’s help.

Therefore, we would like to share some good news with you hoping it may help us in the future.

It is our great honour to proudly inform you that the exhibition New Media – New Networks has been pronounced the best exhibition of the month June on the Croatian Design Association web site (http://dizajn.hr; curator Klaudio Štefančić; designers Nina Bačun and Roberta Bratović)...



Art, Technology, Media

The Galženica Gallery dedicates the 2008 exhibition programme to the latest tendency that finds its artistic and social legitimization in exploring different forms of relationship between technology and art, known under many names such as new media or digital art. However, the focus of our interest is only on the production and presentation of those works that in the context of current transformation of the Internet from communication into a mass medium highlight new ways of networking (Web 2.0, P2P etc.) on one side and the immanent characteristic of the Internet to depend on the different databases on the other. This is especially true of World Wide Web...



Notification 3

After the summer break we are delaying the beginning of the exhibition program because we are setting up a new light infrastructure in the gallery. After 27 years with old halogen light we are setting up a new and professional ERCO light infrastructure.

Regarding a quality of a new light infrastructure we are hoping it's going to last another twenty years. At least ;)

The exhibition program which will be held till the end of the year consists of...



Visual image – a genre or the politics of representation

We decided to make some considerable changes in the year 2007. First, we will try to base future programmes on actual problems, interesting issues or phenomena, whether they are part of a narrow or wider art culture. Therefore, instead of a collection of individual exhibitions, we will organize exhibitions based on a characteristic that is mutual to all the artists presented. This year, that mutual characteristic will be the problem of the image and its representation...



Notification 2

Due to the short period during which the exhibition Device_Art 2.006 is opened, the Galženica Gallery will also be opened on Monday, October 2 from 10 to 19 h.




The city of Velika Gorica underwent early election in which the governing parties were substituted by a new coalition, which until recently constituted the city government. These events are interesting for us since the new city government determined that there is a deficit in the city treasury and decided to save money wherever possible.

Since the program of the Galženica Gallery is almost entirely financed from the city budget, the restrictions also affected us. In order to cover the deficit from the treasury, we received 30.000 kuna less and for that we had to cancel Robert Šimrak’s exhibition and significantly reduce fundings for the international exhibition Device Art. True, there is the possibility that part of that money can be recovered in the autumn amending of the budget, but that is still questionable.

Despite everything – see you!




... and welcome to the website of Gallery Galženica.

It is conceived as a kind of gallery blog – a nonlinear web-notebook – in which visitors can get information on exhibitions, artists and all past and future events connected to our work.The biggest part of the webpage is aimed towards providing basic information on the Gallery’s everyday work: its location, layout, actual and future events.

Useful information about the Gallery can also be obtained in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. Thanks to the more and more democratic culture of the Internet, you can view more photographic material from our exhibitions on the most famous place for on-line photo-management – on Flickr [http://www.flickr.com/], i.e. visit web-pages of related institutions, our associates, sponsors and friends via the bookmark service Del.icio.us [http://del.icio.us/]...