Emanuel Vidovic Gallery is a memorial center dedicated to life and work of the painter Emanuel Vidovic. Born in Split in 1870, Vidovic dedicated a great part of his art and work to his homeland, initiating and propagating the artistic and cultural scene of Split throughout the first half of the 20th century, until his death in 1953.
Emanuel Vidovic Gallery was opened in 2006, within the Museum of the City of Split.
The collection of 69 paintings and the reconstruction of the last painter's studio, with original furniture and items, are the most important parts of the exhibition space in the Gallery.
A separate space in the gallery is dedicated to the drawings of Split. The drawings are highlighted not only as painter’s connection to his town, but as an evidence of, often disputed, painter's line-wielding skill.
In other parts of the gallery, you can see posters, caricatures, presentations of documentary material and photos of life and work of Emanuel Vidovic.
The reconstruction of the last painter’s studio, from the apartment where he lived and worked from 1943 until the death in 1953 (today, Ulica Antuna Gustava Matoša 9 in Split), is certainly one of the most interesting showrooms in the gallery.
The atelier consists of original furniture, library, photos and 200 other items, most of which are portrayed as real motives on Vidovic's paintings of the interiors (of studio and apartment).
Emanuel Vidovic Gallery is located in a classic-style building next to the Silver Gate of Diocletian's Palace in Split.
Poljana Kraljice Jelene 1, 21000 Split
01.11. - 31.03.
Tue. – Sat. 9:00 – 17:00; Sunday 9:00 – 14:00; Monday closed
01.04. - 31.05. every day 8:30 – 21:00
01.06. - 30.09. every day 8:30 – 22:00
01.10. - 31.10.
Mon. – Sat. 8:30 – 21:00; Sun. 9:00 – 17:00
Adults: 22 HRK
students, children 7-14 years of age: 12 HRK
The paintings in the Gallery are presented in a combination of thematic and chronological sequence. Change of themes and motifs is chronologically followed to underline the variation of styles (changes of the types of painting most often go along with the alteration of the style in Vidovic's painting). Apart from the already mentioned drawings of Split, the exhibition space is divided into 5 thematic-style collections:
Landscapes of Italy, Split and Trogir; from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the World War II.
Home and studio interiors; lighter in the 1st period, from 1926 to 1928, and later darker, from 1942 to 1953.
3. INTERIORS OF CHURCHES
Interiors of the churches in Split and Trogir; paintings made from 1938 to 1944.
4. STILL LIFES
Similar to the atelier interiors, created from 1926 to 1928, and then from 1938 to the painter's death in 1953.
5. LANDSCAPES - REMINISCENCE
Paintings created in the period from 1941 to the end of Emanuel Vidovic's life, in 1953.