Gallery of Fine Arts

Gallery of Fine Arts was founded after WWII on October 10, 1948 in a wholly devastated city. From it’s founding date up to 1963 it was an independent institution. It is the first institution of its kind in Zadar that is engaged in collecting, preserving and presenting artistic material for the most part dating from the XXth century.
Without figurative art activity and lacking a tradition there was nothing to begin with. Due to unfortunate historical reasons, figurative art in Zadar, in contradistinction to cities where contemporary figurative art is a continuation of a powerful artistic tradition, does not stem out of a continuous development. That is why the idea to found a Gallery of Art was inestimable. The initial holdings of 80 works has grown through acquisitions and donations to 1.700 art objects. About 30.000 negatives of Ante Brkan’s photo-reporting opus have to be added to this number.

In its holdings the Gallery possesses works of art dating from the XVIIth, XVIIIth. and XIXth century as well as the famous „Ugljan triptych“ from the XIIIth century. (permanently borrowed from the SICU), while the largest part belongs to the XXth century. The material is divided into the following parts: the Collection of old paintings, the Collection of icons, the Collection of XIXth and XXth (up to 1945) art, the Collection of contemporary art, the Collection of Ante Brkan’s negatives and the Collection of photographs.
Since its founding the Gallery has been located in the Providur’s palace, Medulićeva 2/1 and has access to 665 m² of space. Of this space the storage rooms and other practicable facilities take up106 m², the exhibition area: 257 m², its offices: 37,5 m².

The museum-gallery mission of the Gallery includes the collection of works of art particularly from Croatia, the safekeeping of this material, researching and presenting the holdings and the activities of exhibition-presentation. As of today the holdings have been presented in six thematic wholes: in the fifties the initial material – icons and Croatian, for the most part, Dalmatian painters were presented, afterwards Croatian painting from the XIXth century to the 1950ies, then Painting in Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1975, Dalmatian painting from 1850 to 1977, Painting and Sculpture in Yugoslavia from 1918 to 1975 and, finally, Croatian Painting and Sculpture of the XIXth and the XXth centuries.

Exhibition activity includes the organization of two salons that have lasted for half a century: the international exhibition of photography Man and the Sea and the biennial, afterwards triennial of contemporary Croatian (up to 1990 Yugoslav) painting the Blue Salon. In addition, the Gallery organizes the Salon of Young Artists which, with a number of breaks, has lasted since 1977 as a review of the condition of the young Zadar scene of figurative art, as well as a series of retrospective, independent and collective exhibitions of Croatian and world artists. Furthermore, the Gallery has visited other places in Croatia, it has been a co-organizer of exhibitions with other museums and has played host to exhibitions staged by other museums and galleries.

The Gallery of Art has a book collection numbering 5500 titles mainly dealing with the fields of modern and contemporary art.

Because of renovation, in 2006 the Gallery was moved so that exhibitions are staged only in the exhibition pavilion of the City Lodge while the staging of large exhibitions (Blue Salon, Man and the Sea, retrospectives, thematic exhibitions from its holdings) has been temporarily discontinued.

Open to visitors

Gallery of Fine Arts

Closed for visits due to renewal.


Medulićeva 2
23000 Zadar

Contact us

T. +385 (0)23/211-174
F. +385 (0)23/211-174

Nevena Štokić
head of the Gallery of Fine Arts

Koraljka Alavanja

Collections of the Gallery of Fine Arts