Housed in the 19th century Revival style Vranyczany Palace, the Modern Gallery holds the most important and comprehensive collection of 19th and 20th century Croatian artists.
Inside you’ll find sculptures, paintings and drawings by the likes of Vlaho Bukovac, Miroslav Kraljevic, Josip Racic, along with sculptors Robert Franges Mihanovic, Ivan Mestrovic and others.
For those who don’t know much about the Croatian art scene this is the perfect overview, and it will certainly deepen anyone’s knowledge.
The collections are exhibited chronologically beginning with pre-WWI, then into Art Nouveau, European modernism and a selection by contemporary Croatian artists.
Not only will you find wonderful pieces of art but the building itself is a masterpiece designed by the Viennese architect Otto Hofer.
The building has been witness to many celebrated moments including Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer watching fireworks from the balcony organised in his honour on the opening of the gallery named after him in November 1884. It was also once home to the Chamber of the Croatian Peasant Party, and the funeral cortege of Stjepan Radic set off for Mirogoj Cemetery from the premises.