20th Miniatures are online now.
Enjoy the works!
Before us stands the 20th edition of the International Miniatures Exhibition. With its devoted enthusiasm, Zaprešić Artists’ Association has created the cultural event of permanent value, attracting hundreds of exhibitors. Even without costly advertising and promotion, the high turnout of authors is accompanied by a numerous audience as well. The Miniatures Exhibition is the meeting point of academic artists, the students of art academies, the pupils of art schools, and amateurs, or, in the original meaning of the word, art lovers. The very openness towards all those who nurture professional, as well as amateur interest in visual arts puts forward the joy of creation, while casting away pretention, which unfortunately fatigues and repels the audience more and more often. The diversity of topics, content, media and techniques, narrowed solely by the miniature format, present a truly refreshing occurrence, bringing to Zaprešić all those who aspire to sincerely enjoy in the creation and discovery of the possibilities of artistic expression. The authors rarely produce miniatures exclusively. The digression from their accustomed formats and the exploration into proportions and ratio not exceeding the size of a palm presents an unpredictable adventure. The responsibility appears smaller only at first sight. It is a contemporary paradox that larger formats endure voids, sloppiness, incompletion and the imperfection of execution (whether intentional or not) much better than the smaller formats do, as the latter allow more visibility to each oversight. Nonetheless, luckily, many will at least try out their skills, while others will continuously return to the miniature, an art form that is difficult to define only by its dimensions. Looking back at the works of art we would nowadays refer to as miniatures — from the Venus of Willendorf and its ten-odd best known sisters, each of them up to 15 centimeters in height, much like the Egyptian, Sumerian and Minoan figurines, the cylinder seals in ancient Mesopotamia, to the medieval illuminations and the illuminations by the Limbourg brothers — they all represent capital, anthological works in the history of culture and art. An entirely different approach was applied to define the genre of miniature in the work of portrait artists Hilliard, Clouet and Holbein, for example. Such is the case of Duchamp’s and Burri’s miniatures of their own works, as well. Who is interested in miniature today? What and in what manner do contemporary authors produce? This exhibition brings forward the works of a hundred and eighty authors coming from twelve countries and more than fifty cities, some of them formed by different cultural and artistic environment and traditions. They hold different educational backgrounds, motivation, ambitions and expectations, artistic worldviews. The abundance of participants and the diversity of their work across all criteria present a guarantee for these questions to be answered. Remaining is the hope that the organizers will continue their work in the years to come, along with the high response from exhibiting authors, to whom this exhibition offers a great opportunity to reflect on the miniature art form.
Tatjana Vrhovec Škalamera
WHAT ARE THE MINIATURES?
The international exhibition of small-format works of art (15 x 15 x 15 cm).
Dating from 1998, when the first exhibition took place in Zaprešić, a small town near Zagreb.
Presented once a year in Vršilnica (a threshing barn) – a cultural monument, part of the Novi Dvori complex under heritage protection.
Since 2012, The Miniatures function as a competitive exhibition, evaluated by a tripartite jury.
At The 18th Miniatures, the jury selected 148 artists among 464 applicants to present their work in Vršilnica.
At The 19th Miniatures, the jury selected 138 artists among 441 applicants to present their work in Vršilnica.
At The 20th Miniatures, the jury selected 118 artists among 384 applicants to present their work in Vršilnica.
The jury also awards the artists with three cash prizes.
The Miniatures are becoming a travelling exhibition as well:
The 17th Miniatures – Đura Jakšić House, Belgrade and The Cultural Centre of Novi Sad
The 18th Miniatures – The Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo
The 19th Miniatures – Plevnik Kronkowska Gallery in Celje
The 20th Miniatures – Pro3or Gallery in Belgrade
THE GOALS OF THE MINIATURES ARE:
- to promote small-format art as a relevant art form
- to present the cultural monument Vršilnica to a wider audience of people, and point to its spatial and environmental qualities, as well as its potential as exhibition space
- to develop a platform for the international cooperation between cultural institutions and individuals
WHAT IS ULS?
Zaprešić Artists’ Association (Udruga likovnih stvaralaca Zaprešić) is a nongovernmental, nonpolitical and nonprofit organization started in 1998, with the purpose of organizing cultural, educational and artistic activities, promoting creativity and the awareness of citizens within the local community and wider.
Our vision is to create a sustainable cultural organism that affects individuals and their surroundings while creating new values.
Our mission is to encourage the awareness of young people on the importance of organized activity in order to increase the quality of content in their local area. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to all talented individuals to make use of the participation in team work in order to acquire education in all areas of cultural and artistic activities, and develop their own personalities, strong enough to be able to identify the existing values, and offer new ones (their own) to their surroundings.