Meštrović Gallery

Meštrović's concept of the villa in Meja is based on three main purposes: work, residence and exhibiting, all of which advance in space paralelly to construction progress. Nowadays, when the idea of a gallery is taking over, the original furnishing of the dining room remains the only space that depicts the intimacy of the artist's life and home.

The villa in Meja was the Meštrović family’s favourite residence ever since 1932, however, despite the artist’s wish, it never became his personal residence. The last family reunion took place in April 1941 when Marta Meštrović, Ivan’s mother, passed away. The Italian occupation followed and the artist’s family, but also other families, resided in the villa until 1965.

The preconditions for a gallery ensued from Meštrović’s donation to the Croatian people of four buidings in his property as well as 132 works of art that entered each building’s collections.

The masterpieces of the artist are to be found in the Gallery – in marble (Psyche, 1927; Contemplation, 1924), in bronze (Distant Chords, 1918; Cyclops, 1933; Persephone, 1946; Madonna with Child, 1917; Job, 1946 ), in wood (Sad Angels and Merry Angels, 1916), in gypsum (Pietà, 1946) all of which serve as an evidence of a prolific artistic creation through periods.

Together with the artefacts (sculptures, drawings, paintings, architectural drawings and furniture) the Gallery owns documentation of Meštrović’s life and work – photographs of his very first pieces taken at the beginning of the century in Vienna and Paris as well as archive material: most importantly the family archive found in the house in 1952, consisting of letters to family members, their personal documents and similar.

PRICES

MEŠTROVIĆ GALLERY AND MEŠTROVIĆ CRIKVINE – KAŠTILAC (ticket valid for both locations)

  • Adult 40 KN
  • Children, students, retired 20 KN
  • Family ticket 60 KN
    (for a family with children younger than 15)
  • Guided tour 200 KN
    (book ahead)
  • Tour with curator 800 KN
    (book ahead)