Klovićevi Dvori Gallery

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Klovićevi Dvori Gallery
Galerija Klovićevi dvori
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Main entrance of Klovićevi Dvori Gallery at the historic Gradec neighbourhood in Zagreb
Established 15 March 1982 (1982-03-15)
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Coordinates 45°48′55″N 15°58′30″E / 45.81528°N 15.97500°E / 45.81528; 15.97500Coordinates: 45°48′55″N 15°58′30″E / 45.81528°N 15.97500°E / 45.81528; 15.97500
Type Art gallery
Visitors 200,000 (2006)[1]
Website gkd.hr
Statue of Juraj Julije Klović in front of the gallery entrance (since 2013)

Klovićevi Dvori Gallery (Croatian: Galerija Klovićevi dvori, abbr. GKD, or simply Klovićevi dvori)[pronunciation?] is an art gallery in Zagreb, Croatia. Opened in 1982, the gallery is named after the 16th century Croatian-born artist Juraj Julije Klović (Italian: Giulio Clovio), considered to be one of the greatest manuscript illuminators of the Italian Renaissance (the phrase "Klovićevi dvori" literally translates as "Klović Palace" or "Klović Hall").

The gallery is located in the building of a former 18th century Jesuit monastery in the historic area of Gradec in Zagreb's Upper Town, in the vicinity of other landmarks such as St. Catherine's Church, St. Mark's Square, Old City Hall, and Lotrščak Tower. The upper station of the Zagreb funicular is also located nearby, as well as the Museum of Broken Relationships.


Formally established in 1980 as a venue to house Ante Topić Mimara's extensive art collection, the former Jesuit monastery was adapted into an exhibition space in the following two years. But since the controversial collector was not satisfied with the choice of venue for his artworks,[2] the gallery first opened to the public in March 1982 with shows that included major traveling exhibitions of international importance, such as collections of engravings by Albrecht Dürer, and works by painter Oton Gliha and sculptor Dušan Džamonja.[3] The biggest success in the gallery's early years was a 1984 exhibition of ancient Chinese art, which featured 160 objects loaned from the National Museum of China and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors over three months.[4]

In 1985 the gallery expanded to the nearby Lotrščak Tower, and in 1987 the Mimara Museum opened.[3] That same year, a fourth venue, Gradec Gallery (Galerija Gradec), also opened nearby.[3] All four exhibition venues were managed as a single public entity, called MGC (Muzejsko-galerijski centar). In the 1990s the much larger Mimara Museum split off to become a separate entity dedicated solely to housing the Mimara collection, while the Gradec Gallery closed in the 1990s due to decay.[3] However, the remaining two venues in Zagreb's historic Upper Town continued to function, with GKD and Lotrščak Tower hosting various kinds of travelling exhibitions of both Croatian and international artists. It produces some 30 exhibitions every year and is one of the largest such institutions in the country.[3]


  1. ^ Franulić, Markita. "Posjet hrvatskim muzejima – statistika broja posjeta u 2006. godini i trendovi" (PDF) (in Croatian). Muzejski dokumentacijski centar. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Kraševac, Irena (September 2007). "Galerija u samostanu, nazvana dvori – Četvrt stoljeća zagrebačke Galerije Klovićevi Dvori 1982.-2007.". Kvartal (in Croatian). Zagreb: Institut za povijest umjetnosti. IV (3): 15–17. ISSN 1334-8671. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Povijest galerije Klovićevi dvori" (in Croatian). Klovićevi Dvori Gallery. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "30. obljetnica izložbe Drevna kineska kultura" (in Croatian). Klovićevi Dvori Gallery. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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