Antun Gojak

The exhibition "Everyday Life according to GOJAK - work and rest on the works of Gojak donation" thematic exhibition of Antun Gojak City gallery that represents images and drawings of Antun Gojak with genre motifs from the Gojak Donation. Visitors will be able to see a total of thirty museum objects from the collection, which will tell the story of Makarska duration - a life full of work, but also memorable moments of relaxing holiday. The exhibition will be accompanied by the catalogs in Croatian, German and English, which will bring domestic and foreign visitors of the Gallery closer look to the life and work of Makarskas painter Antun Gojak (1907th-1986th).

With this exhibition begins perennial presentation of Antun Gojak and his series of thematic exhibitions from the Gallery's holdings. At the same time, the beginning of this new presentation is a kind of revaluation of values and relationship of the environment and experts to the works of Gojak. Maintenance of this exhibition as part of Makarska cultural summer 2013th will confirm the location of the Gallery as an important cultural checkpoint in the infrastructural life of Makarska. Makarska cultural summer 2013th will be richer for the powerful and impressive exhibition, while the gallery will finally have the opportunity in the prime and most attractive period to show the richness of its holdings, significant to the cultural history of Makarska and the wider area of Makarska Riviera. In this way, the local audience and tourists also will be able to see quality cultural attractions with highlighted autochthony. Maintaining the exhibition were enabled by the sponsors Ministry of Culture and the City of Makarska. Exhibition donor is Croatian Electric Power Industry and sponsor, the Tourist Board of Makarska. The exhibition opens on Monday, July 15th 2013 in 21 hours. For visitors will be open every weekday 9-12 i 19-22, Saturday 19-22 hours, while on Sundays and holidays will be closed. The exhibition will remain open until august 26th 2013.


Antun Gojak - Biography

Antun Gojak (1907 – 1986)

Antun Gojak was born in Makarska in 1907. He graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1936.

He predominantly painted motifs from his native place, in a wide range from expressionism to colouristic intimist paintings. He was given the Award of the Commune of Makarska in 1986. After his death in 1986. his brother donated the town of Makarska a collection of 132 paintings and 201 drawings. Today this collection is preserved in The Town Gallery of Antun Gojak which is founded in 1995.


…on Antun Gojak

Oh! sacred mystery of Ignorance!

The days go by and the nights go by; but in the time remains the only truth that we were and that we were not able to understand. humanity goes by as a fast drink and cannot appreciate all the flavor of itself, we hardly know anything about each other. . . useless acrobatics is ours, when we pass by somebody and do nothing else than ignore him. oh! almost sacred ignorance! here we are, to learn, insatiably; to understand the mystery of life… nevertheless, living in an authentic shipwreck of impotence, we never rush the essence of things, of beings . . .

Is it not in others where we can find the capital importance of the mystery of life which is, after all, the clasp of our thoughts with the thoughts of others? is it not in others where we bump against wisdom?

Certainly, humanity passes by as a drink of almost nothing, how many things go through and over it without taking notice of the throbbing reality! there is, almost always, around us, an enormous throbbing, a glamour of alien liberties which fight to leave mother, hungry for words and feelings, impatient to say something once and for all . . . there are men who, in spite of feeling the pinpricks of this liberty and the shooting pain produced by the hunger for communication, live and dream in silence, there are men who hide in the secret of their work, alchemy for future people.

One of these men is Antun Gojak, a kind of mystic attached to his land, who remains hidden in his art of painting, reproducing on his canvases the very art of life which goes by.

looking at some works of Antun Gojak, we believe that there are still artists who are like furtive hunters, who capture the landscape and the scenery in all its instant flavor, so that nothing is lost in the rhythm of time, gargantua of everything, to capture the instant… it is easy to say!

There is nothing … to capture the instant of a road, of a meeting of people, of a play of cards, of whatever interior, of a wind blow, of a lash of sun, of the reflection in a mirror, of the color of flowers and of the fields and of the water, to capture the life of men and of things . . . impressionism! impressionism? there is much more in Antun Gojak, because this man, who works the matter with an intimate affection for nature, crosses frequently these hazy borders which limit the expressionism to a world of shapes and colors and shadows, maybe nothing else than dreamed.

What strange and powerful strength pushes some artists to cling to the current things of existence and of the identical days of mother earth? earth is the material with which Antun Gojak works and earth seems to be the canvas when he has left the instant on its surface, maybe there is a compromise between Gojak and the intimate and strong nature of his native land; since in the results we see a tight clasp between both … it would not be the first time that there is marriage between the work and the life of an author, it could be said that this happens in every man, in every artist; but it is not so, since in many of them the work produced seems to mean something completely different from his surrounding and even of his intimacy, different courses, different purposes, certainly, what is certain is that for Antun Gojak his intimacy is projected in this same atmosphere which is, at the same time, life style and total existence of what phenomenon of nature breathes around him.

It becomes difficult, almost impossible, to determine the conditionings of an artist, to define his path in the light of some influences. Influences always exist in all men … more when this influence has natural roots, of birth and cradle, of education and surrounding, the artist associates himself to the very growth of the things which move together with him. then, man cannot liberate himself completely from a way of doing, from a style, from love to this very existence which, having conditioned him, liberates him, also, of the big artificial problematics which generally disturbs the world of art.

Many times, in front of a work like that of Gojak, we ask ourselves if one of the infinite mistakes of the universal artist is not to consider himself as creator and to get entangled with the intellectual lightnings of what we call creation, it is not the work of creation to select from the very nature the mystery to be an entity and universal coordinate at the same time? because, if it is true that the concept of art evolved with the very daily doing of the artist, the unavoidable condition, by definition, is the beauty of the work, it is here, establishing a comparison, always annoying, between the traditional work and the intellectual work, where appears the rejection of art in the conceptual; it is here when arises the dreadful scream of the soul in constant struggle with the intellect, where is, therefore, the true essence of discovery as far as art is concerned? there is not doubt, however, with respect to these two truths, each possesses its own intrinsic value, for many artists doubt is established during their whole life, for others, election comes from very far, as a supreme call for future realizations, the election of Antun Gojak happened from the first instant that he decided to be a painter: nature was there, waiting for him, to decide, already together forever, a path of worry for the pathetic reality of things.

From the preface written by Manuel F. Quintanille to the catalogue of the Gojak solo exhibition at Sydney Town Hall, Australia, in 1975



Collections


Gojak Donation

The collection includes works belonging to Antun Gojak herritage. He was the first academic painter from Makarska, born in 1907 and died in 1986. Gojak graduated from the Royal Academy of Art and Craft in Zagreb in 1935. He attended postgraduate classes and was tutored by Becić, Babić, Tartaglia and Kljaković. He followed general principles of the Croatian painting between the two wars – in the range from Expressionism to Coloristic Intimism, developing his own personal expression. He spent the largest part of his life living quietly in his hometown, painting mostly lyric themes from his homeland. The period from 1964 to 1986 was the time of the creation of 132 paintings belonging to the donation. The drawings, 201 of them, were mainly created during his education. A part of the donation dates from 1960s and 1970s when he painted most intensively.


Antun Gojak-House in pinetrees

Antun Gojak

House in pinetrees, s.a.

charcoal/paper, 50,5 x 71 cm

unsigned

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 16)

Antun Gojak-Nugal Beach

Antun Gojak

Nugal Beach, 1981

aquarelle/paper, 35 x 49 cm

signature in the upper right corner

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 239)

Antun Gojak-Two Trees, and a meadow

Antun Gojak

Two Trees, and a meadow, 1984

gouache/cardboard, 35 x 48,5 cm

signature in the bottom right corner

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 290)

Antun Gojak-Old houses in Brist, 1968

Antun Gojak

Old houses in Brist, 1968

charcoal/paper, 33 x 48 cm

sign.r. bottom corner: gojak 68

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 4)

Antun Gojak-Bratuš, s.a.

Antun Gojak

Bratuš, s.a.

charcoal/paper, 48 x 63 cm

unsigned

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 23)

Antun Gojak-Olive trees under the Biokovo mountain, s.a.

Antun Gojak

Olive trees under the Biokovo mountain, s.a.

oil/canvas, 52 x 71,5 cm

sign.r. bottom corner: gojak

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 208)

Village under the Biokovo mountain, s.a.

Antun Gojak

Village under the Biokovo mountain, s.a.

gouache/paper , 42 x 64 cm

sign.r.top corner : gojak

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 295)

Antun Gojak-Port , 1976

Antun Gojak

Port , 1976

oil/canvas, 38,5 x 68 cm

sign.r.top corner: gojak 76.

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 331)

Antun Gojak-Shepherdesses with a herd, s.a.

Antun Gojak

Shepherdesses with a herd, s.a.

charcoal/paper, 50 x 70 cm

unsigned

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 39)

Antun Gojak-Water carrier, 1986

Antun Gojak

Water carrier, 1986

oil/canvas, 24 x 14 cm

sign.r.bottom corner: gojak

/inscription on the back:Gojak 28.VIII 86/

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 270)

Antun Gojak-Card players at the table, s.a.

Antun Gojak

Card players at the table, s.a.

oil/canvas, 35,5 x 53,5 cm

sign.l.top corner: gojak

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 282)

Antun Gojak-By the fireplace, s.a.

Antun Gojak

By the fireplace, s.a.

pastel/paper, 29,5 x 38,5 cm

sign.r.top corner: gojak

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR 320)


The Collection of Modern Art

The Collection of Modern Art varies in style and quality. It includes works of amateur artists and academic painters and sculptors. The works could be grouped in several units. The Collection of Modern Arts was founded upon the collection of paintings of the former Makarska Cultural Center. The most significant part of the collection is the group of paintings created at the end of the 1980s by the academic painter of Oliver Tihi. During the 1990s the holdings were supplemented by the works from the collection belonging to the jewelers from Makarska, the members of the Klarić family. Two works by Josip Botteri senior were acquired during that period, as well. During the thirteen years of existence and due to a high exhibition activity, the Gallery collected a number of works of contemporary artists, mostly of a wide regional significance. The latest unit formed after 2004, refers to the art colony holdings, including more than fifty museum objects: paintings and sculptures created in different art techniques. What makes this collection even more valuable is the large number of paintings by artists from the Makarska Littoral and the town of Makarska. The works of the following artist are included into the collection: Josip Botteri senior, Joko Knežević, Igor Dragičević, Oliver Tihi, Ivo Mozara, Iris Matviko Skender, Ante Grčić, Marija Grčić Tomasović, Edita Brtan Pivac, Dina Filipović Rujak, Goran Novović, Silva Radić, Sanja Srzić, Klement Šimić and Danica Franić. The collection also includes the works of amateur painters: Matko Šimić, Jakša Leško, Ljubomir Videka, Lovorko Nola and Mišo Mendeš.


Josip Botteri senior-View of Makarska beach

Josip Botteri senior

View of Makarska beach, 1950

aquarelle/paper, 28 x 39 cm

signature in the bottom left corner

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR340)

Oliver Tihi-Boats I

Oliver Tihi

Boats I, s. a.

oil/canvas, 70 x 100 cm

signature in the bottom right corner

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR365)

Ernesto Markota-In the Old School court – yard

Ernesto Markota

In the Old School court – yard, 2007

mixed media/canvas, 70 x 90 cm

signature in the bottom right corner

Antun Gojak Town Gallery (525:MKR508)


Gallery

Antun Gojak Town Gallery was founded in 1995 as an independent public culture institution. As a museum institution it preserves more than 600 museum objects divided into two collections: Gojak Donation and Collection of Contemporary Authors. More than 200 temporary art exhibitions were held till the middle of 2013. From the very beginning, special attention has been paid to the promotion and expert analysis of the work by Antun Gojak, who was the first academic painter from Makarska.

The Gallery is situated in Makarska, in the building known as Stara škola (Old School). The building is one of the most important constructions of the 19th century on the Makarska Littoral. Today it is protected as a part of the cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

Its construction started at the beginning of the 19th century. Makarska bishop Fabijan Blašković (1777-1819) started constructing the building as a preparatory for his diocese. The course of history wasn't benevolent to the building (abolition of the diocese in 1828 and the general weakening of the economic power of the town encouraged by the devastating plague epidemics in 1815, which swept away almost two thirds of the town population and the famine that followed afterwards)- so it remained unfinished and in 1877 sold on a public auction.

Ivo Marija Vuković (1831-1910), a respectable citizen of Makarska, bought it and in 1879, finished its construction. And then the history showed its cruel side again – the newly finished building burnt to the ground the same year. It was renewed in 1881 and transformed into the school building. Schools from Makarska used it until 1984. When they were moved into new buildings, Stara škola (Old school) became one of the culture centres of the town with several culture institutions working on its premises.

Besides the Town Gallery, the building is a home to the Town Library, Music School and the local radio station.


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