Temporary exhibitions

Magister Giotto – The Scrovegni Chapel


MAGISTER GIOTTO – THE SCROVEGNI CHAPEL, is the immersive exhibition of Cose Belle d'Italia Media Entertainment - Cose Belle d’Italia Group, dedicated to one of the key protagonists of the Italian art history: Giotto di Bondone (1267 – 1337). In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb the exhibition at the AMZ Gallery, Pavla Hatza 6, from 7th November 2018 until 15th January 2019, presents one of the greatest masterpieces of Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel of Padua, frescoed between 1303 and 1305.

In the tradition of the best Italian film, the contents pathway is experienced through a dramatic and musical narration, using the most advanced technologies, as well as new techniques of enlarging and assembling images.  Visitors are thus immersed in an absolutely unique experience and are accompanied by the original music of the jazz artist Paolo Fresu. The Italian version is narrated by the actor Luca Zingaretti. Furthermore, the exhibition is available in Croatian and English languages.

The exhibition is conceived in two sequential areas. The first relates to its artistic and theological content in an immersive and theatrical installation.  The second takes an in-depth look at the techniques used by the artist and at his historical period through a short film shot entirely within the Scrovegni Chapel.

The Scrovegni Chapel is one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art. The story begins on 6 February 1300, when Enrico Scrovegni – an affluent Paduan banker – purchased the area of the ancient Roman arena. A sumptuous palace was built on the site, with an adjoining chapel to serve as both as a private oratory and a sepulchral monument. Enrico commissioned Giotto, then thirty-five, to decorate this monument. He was to follow an extremely complex iconographic and theological programme, which reveals the presence, alongside the Master, of a theologian of doctrinal sophistication. In the atmosphere full of expectation radiating from the first Jubilee in history (proclaimed by Boniface VIII in February 1300) the Arena Chapel enacts God’s reconciliation to mankind and points to the path that we are called to choose so that we may have hope of salvation.

“MAGISTER GIOTTO” – The Scrovegni Chapel” is an exhibition curated by Alessandro Tomei, Professor of History of Medieval Art, and Giuliano Pisani, Classic Philologist and Art Historian, in close collaboration with the Artistic Director Luca Mazzieri, Author and Director, with the Executive Director Alessandra Costantini, Architect and Designer. Renato Saporito, CEO of Cose Belle d'Italia Media Entertainment, is in charge of the creative supervision.

Magister is an innovative format that aims to promote beauty through the enhancement of Italian Cultural Heritage, revitalizing it in a contemporary way. As Renato Saporito, CEO of Cose Belle d'Italia Media Entertainment, says: "Our challenge is to promote beauty through the enhancement of Italian cultural heritage, revitalizing it in a contemporary way, while remaining faithful to four key words: culture, technology, emotion, scientific discipline”.

The Format has a program open to internationalization and presents a first trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to three great Masters of Art: MAGISTER GIOTTO (2017), MAGISTER CANOVA (2018) – both under the Patronage of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Asset and Activities – and MAGISTER RAFFAELLO (in progress).



Back to the past – Copper Age in northern Croatia

plakat_povratak u prošlost_ bakreno doba

The exhibition portrays all aspects of Eneolithic life that lasted for approximately 2000 years, including the production of everyday objects, the ways in which they were decorated, settlement organization, dietary habits, religion and cult, raw material exploitation and burial rites, which will be observable through a selection of the most representative finds ascribed to cultures that inhabited northern Croatia.

The exhibition authors portrayed the lives of Copper Age populations from the northern part of the Republic of Croatia, and emphasized their interdependence and communication with other parts of Europe, as well as the continuity of life on Croatian territory.

The main characteristic of the Copper Age, or Eneolithic (aeneus-brass, copper, lithos-rock) is the use of metals, namely copper and gold, in the production of jewelry, weapons and tools, although man had mastered new technologies, i.e. metallurgy, already during the Neolithic when only elemental copper sources found on the surface were used.

The transformation of late Neolithic cultures into Eneolithic manifestations did not occur simultaneously everywhere, nor did it do so in the same manner. Due to the geographical characteristics of soil and the previous heterogeneity noted in the development of Neolithic communities, as well as influences from different cultural centers (the Carpathian basin, the Aegean, Pontus), certain cultures formed specific local features. The territory of today’s Croatia, being further away from the origin of change, saw a different transformation into the Eneolithic than the southeastern parts of Europe and the Balkans.

During the Eneolithic, northern Croatia was occupied by a series of significant cultural manifestations, and all of them left an extremely rich collection of archaeological finds. The different intensity of excavating certain cultures resulted in uneven knowledge about certain cultural occurrences dated to the Copper Age, or the Eneolithic. Additionally, the insufficient number of systematic excavations on multi-layered sites still does not provide a true chronological position of individual cultures that were present in these areas.

The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb has prepared a multitude of events that will take place during the Exhibition, including guided tours led by Exhibition authors, lectures, workshops and three visiting Exhibitions that focus on different aspects of the Copper Age.

From September 18, the visitors will be able to see an exhibition from the Nova Gradiška Municipal Museum, “Rescue excavations of Ruščica-Glogove-Praulje”, that includes the results of excavations conducted at a site of the Baden culture. Exhibition authors: Marija Mihaljević, Danimirka Podunavac and Marina Matković Vrban.

From October 17, the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb will host the “Astral symbolism in the Vučedol culture” exhibition from the Vučedol Culture Museum, authored by Mirela Hutinec, Aleksandar Durman and Darko Puharić.

The last visiting exhibition, “Beketinci-Bentež, Eneolithic, Early and Late Medieval settlements”, from the Archaeological Museum Osijek, authored by Dragana Rajković and Zvonko Bojčić, will open on November 7, 2018.

Creative and artistic workshops, “A walk through the Copper Age”, for children and youth between the ages of 10 and 15, will be held on October 20 and November 17 at 11 AM. The attendants will learn about the different techniques of decorating pottery and about how metal was first used and processed. The workshops are accompanied by an educational publication entitled “A walk through the Copper Age”.

Free guided tours by the Exhibition authors will take place on October 20 and November 17 at 12 o’clock. The visitors will have a chance to learn more about the topic from One of the Exhibition authors, Jacqueline Balen, PhD, museum advisor at the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb.

The opening of the exhibition is part of the official program of the 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association organized by the Institute for Anthropological Research.

Programme of the 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association organized by the Institute for Anthropological Research.


Exhibition authors: Jacqueline Balen (Archaeological Museum in Zagreb), Ina Miloglav (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Dragana Rajković (Archaeological Museum Osijek)

Exhibition design and graphic preparation: Srećko Škrinjarić

Design and graphic preparation of exhibition posters: Nedjeljko Špoljar, Sensus Design Factory

Associates: Dragana Antonović (Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade), Antonela Barbir (Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb), Lea Čataj (Croatian Conservation Institute, Zagreb), Ana Đukić (Zagreb), Ana Grabundžija (FreieUniversität Berlin, Excellence Cluster Topoi), Ivor Janković (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb), Mario Novak (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb), Maja Pasarić (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb; School of Archaeology, University College Dublin), Andrijana Pravidur (National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo), Siniša Radović (Institute for Quaternary paleontology and geology of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb), Kelly Reed (Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford), Andrej Sabljić (Zagreb), Selena Vitezović (Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade). 

The exhibits were granted by: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Archaeological Museum Osijek, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Geoarheo d.o.o., Museum of Koprivnica, Križevci Municipal Museum, Nova Gradiška Municipal Museum, City Museum Požega, City Museum Vinkovci, City Museum Virovitica, Institute of Archaeology, Kaducej d.o.o., Brodsko Posavlje Museum, Museum of Đakovo Region, Našice Local History Museum, Zagreb City Museum, Department of Archaeology, University of Zadar, Moslavina Museum in Kutina, Museum Radboa, Međimurje County Museum in Čakovec, Museums of the Croatian Zagorje – Museum of Peasant Uprisings

Technical execution: Vedran Mesarić, Robert Vazdar, Srećko Škrinjarić, Ivan Troha
Settlement visualization: Marin Mađerić, Jelena Boras
Reconstructions: Vedran Mesarić
Conservation and restoration: Marina Gregl, Zrinka Znidarčić
Educational program: Zorica Babić
Photographs: Igor Krajcar, Nenad Milić

The realization of the exhibition project was financially supported by the City of Zagreb.


Zagreb before Zagreb – prior to 1094

Zagreb dok ga još ni bilo - prije 1094.

Zagreb before Zagreb – prior to 1094

During the 28 years of consistent work on the “Zagreb before Zagreb – prior to 1094” museum-educational action, twelve museum finds, i.e. their replicas, made their way from the stationary museum surroundings and entered the throng of the Zagreb city streets at the authentic locations of their discovery. Their mission is to raise awareness about the natural and cultural heritage of Zagreb, and to bring a breath of museality into the living tissue of the city.

The exhibition is a reversal! Seeing as the monuments cannot be removed from the streets and return to the museum, we are compelled to present the originals. The whale, the bearded man from Petrinjska street, the exceptionally good wife, the wooly mammoth and the rest of the company will try to bring a breath of urban life into the museum as this exhibition about Zagreb that had not even existed.

Participants: Pontius from Kerestinec, the mammoth from Frankopanska street, Egnatuleus Florentinus, Jupiter, the bearded man from Petrinjska street, the lamp from Mirogojska road, the emperor Diocletian, the exceptionally good wife, the Zagreb whale, and the others.

Secrets of St Lawrence Church – the revealed history of Crkvari

Tajne crkve svetog Lovre – otkrivena prošlost Crkvara

Organisers: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Institut za arheologiju / The Institute of Archaeology

Venue: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, 19 Nikola Subic Zrinski Square

Duration: June 7 – August 19, 2018

Authors of the exhibition: dr. sc. Tatjana Tkalčec (IARH), dr. sc. Siniša Krznar (IARH), Anita Dugonjić (AMZ)

Exhibition design, graphic design and prepress: Atelier ANII

Associates: dr. sc. Zorislav Horvat, dr. sc. Mario Šlaus, dr. sc. Željka Bedić, dr. sc. Vlasta Vyroubal, dr. sc. Mario Novak, Dora Kušan Špalj, Damir Doračić

Illustrations: Kristina Turkalj, Nela Kovačević, Marijana Vojtić, Kristina Vujica, Zorislav Horvat, Dora Kušan Špalj, Ana Mrazek Lugarov, Pavle Dugonjić

Photographs: Tatjana Tkalčec, Siniša Krznar, Ivan Valent, Dora Kušan Špalj, Damir Doračić, Tajana Sekelj Ivančan, Vlasta Vyroubal, Hrvoje Jambrek, Arhiva KUD Crkvari, Vladimir Grgurić, Pavle Dugonjić

Translation and proof-reading: Koreo

Technical support: Ivan Troha, Robert Vazdar, Vedran Mesarić, Damir Zbukvić

The project is financially supported by: City of Zagreb, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb

Exhibition summary:

The St Lawrence Church and its graveyard are located on a hill adjacent to the village Crkvari near Orahovica. Systematic archaeological research conducted by the Institute of Archaeology from 2003 to 2013 was financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and City of Orahovica. During eleven research seasons, archaeologists uncovered various segments of the rich and turbulent past of the people who populated this region in Middle and Modern Ages, and the importance of this position was additionally affirmed by the discovery of a major sacral complex.

The first sacral building was built in the position of an early mediaeval graveyard from the 11th century, which grew from a smaller building into a single-nave early Gothic hall church, which, at the pinnacle of its construction, extended into a large three-nave Gothic church surrounded by deep defensive mounds, with a bell-tower at its western face. The church lost its significance due to Turkish depredations at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Modern Ages, and was modified into a smaller late Gothic structure with a sacristy. However, burials around the church did not stop during the aforementioned period. After the liberation of Slavonia from the Turkish influence, the church again expanded in the 18th century, and assumed the configuration it has today. The church' mediaeval phase of existence is connected to the activities of Count Nikola of Orahovica (of Ilok), and other members of aristocratic family of Ilok (Iločki). It had to be an important spot in the late mediaeval Orahovica landscape dominated by two large fortresses: Stari Grad and Ružica Grad. The graveyard around the church points out the continuity through four burial horizons, in the period from the 11th century to the 18th century. One grave, considered to hold a member of the higher class, stands out among other interesting burials due to a very unique find: a round lead seal, that is, the Bull of Pope Callixtus III (1455-1458).   

Archaeological research of Crkvari has shifted the borders of our past knowledge, and changed our image of the settlement of this part of mediaeval Slavonia.

The multicultural aspect of the Neolithic settlement of Brezovljani

Plakat -izlozba -Brezovljani

Exhibition author: Lana Okroša Rožić, City Museum of Križevci
Exhibition organizer: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, City Museum of Križevci
Venue and duration: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Zrinjevac 19, January 17-February 21, 2018

Opening ceremony: January 16, 2018, 07:00 PM

The exhibition presents the site of Brezovljani, situated 13 m north of Križevci, and dated to the transition from the Middle to the Late Neolithic (5000/4900-4600 BC). The site became famous following the first excavations, conducted by Professor S. Dimitrijević, PhD, in 1973, when the Brezovljani type of the Sopot culture was defined. The excavations were restarted in 2002, and continued uninterruptedly until 2016, revealing the newly-defined Brezovljani-Sé-Lužianky phase, so the exhibition highlights specific pottery finds that point to the connection between Brezovljani and the wide area occupied by the proto-Lengyel cultural circle, including today’s southwestern Slovakia, Lower Austria and the Austrian Burgenland and southwestern Hungary. It also focuses on contacts with the stroke-ornamented ware cultures that occupied Moravia and Lower Austria, as well as the finds that connect the site to the Butmir culture of central Bosnia.
The exhibition includes 62 finds

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