Culture & Art

The Croatian Museum of Naive art in Zagreb

Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti

Ivan Rabuzin 'On the Hills - Primeval Forest' 1960

It is considered the first museum in the world dedicated to naive art. The museum keeps works of Croatian naive art expression of the 20th century. It is located in the Upper Town of Zagreb in the Raffay Palace. The museum has about 1700 works of naive art, which comprise of paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Croatian and other world artists. Naive art is often characterized by a simplicity of subject matter and technique, but by far this does not mean the artists are not schooled in art forms.

Ivan Generalić 'Eclipse of the Sun' 1961

photo ©Croatian Museum of Naive Art

In the naive art you can see a strange perspective effect, strong use of patterns without lessening of colour intensity towards the background/distance, and use of details where they should be decreased. Early masters of naive art in Croatia are from the village of Hlebine in north-east Croatia near Koprivnica, which started in 1930s, the so-called Hlebine School of Naive art. Best known painters are Ivan Generalic, Franjo Mraz and Mirko Virius, the first naive sculptures were by Lavoslav Torti and Peter Smajic.

Croatian Museum of Naive Art

photo ©Croatian Museum of Naive Art

Opening hours

May – October
Monday – Saturday 10.00-18.00
Sunday 10.00-13.00
Closed on national holidays

November – April
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
Sunday 10.00 – 13.00
Closed on Monday and national holidays

Sv. Cirila i Metoda 3, 10000 Zagreb

telephone +385 1 4851 911

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