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Inauguration of the artOmat exhibition at the HDLU


Instead for Let’s party, Wednesday evening was reserved for Let’s get ARTy at the opening of the sixth artOmat exhibition in The Meštrović Pavillion, also known as the Home of Croatian Artists (the accronym is HDLU in Croatian).

It was a great chance for taking a look at the work of young Croatian creatives from various fields of visual and fine arts, applied arts, fashion and product design. The number of exhibitors has been growing by the year and this year’s list has approached a three-digit number.

The exhibition is mostly dedicated to sales, and the one-week program (from December 16th to 23rd) has been enriched by various creative workshops at which you can learn how to make puppets (December 23rd, from 11 to 14 h), eco-greeting cards from recycled material (December 23rd, from 17 to 20 h) or dabble in wool felting (December 21st from 11 to 14).

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Apart from traditionally good provocative posters by Vizkultura, the Creative diary (Kreativni dnevnik, in Croatian) by Miranda Herceg also caught our eye. It’s primarily intended for kids aged 10 to 17, but we have also noticed older people buying it. It’s a beatifully designed booklet with interesting illustrations, a combination of old scrapbooks, lexicons and diaries calling on young people to creatively communicate with their daily lives in “sections” like – Draw to the sound of music, Listening to silence, Place your friends in a comic book, Draw a map of your city, Write the name of the one you love in a special font (20 times).

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At the artOmat we were particulartly pleased to meet the academic painter Mirna Sišul, whose paintings in intense colours (acrylic), combining techniques such as drawing, painting and collage with inspirational quotes, have been on our wish list for quite a while.

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We took home the beers produced by Kabinet company from the neighbouring country of Serbia. They have been combining the regular hops with seemingly incompatible ingredients such as hemp, lemon balm, orange, melon, mango, vanilla, chocolate… Mmm!

The beer names are as immaginative as the flavour combinations so we have purchased BrrKa, Melisa, Rufar, Bastard, SuperNova i Cassius, at a special promotional price for a pack (6 bottles – 20% discount). A dear man will find these under the Christmas tree… Unless they disappear sooner!

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Get your own inspiration and hurry to do your last-minute shopping at artOmat! 😉

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Photo: Lidija Šeatović for MLZ

Translation: Ozren Podnar

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