A one-day international exhibition of miniatures in the decayed neo-renaissance building Kursalon in Lipik.
After the one-day exhibition, the artwork will be transferred to the Pakrac Town Musem for the following month, and later on, selected artworks from the exhibition will be represented in the gallery of a non-profit artist organisation Format C in Osijek.
The purpose of the international exhibition of miniature in Požega-Slavonia County, which will be the first of its kind in this region, is to promote the cultural and historical heritage of the local towns Lipik and Pakrac and to celebrate the never solemnized 100th anniversary of Kursalon, which was supposed to be celebrated in 1993 but wasn’t due to the Croatian War of Independence still raging in this area at the time. A postal stamp was created to commemorate this event.
The exhibition is on an international level, to commemorate the period of prosperity in the belle epoque, for which we can thank the railroad Pakrac-Lipik-Barcs in Hungaria which was later extended all the way to Austria.
Along with the railroad, the obvious connection between the countries is also in the neo-renaissance building called Kursalon built by the Hungarian architect Gustav Rath as a replica of the Kursalon in Vienna.
The purpose of the exhibition is to reconstruct the cultural and touristic prosperity which the countries once enjoyed.
The exhibition and programme will educate the local and world public about this culturally historical and, unfortunately, interrupted collaboration, and renew it in a symbolic way through culture and art.
The exhibition will promote young artists under the age of 35 on an international level, and introduce the world to Austrian, Croatian and Hungarian artists where the audience of the European Union will intertwine.
The countries are united by history, art and culture, so this exhibition will also show today’s interpretation of art through the miniature medium.
Along with revitalizing former connections, the goal is also to culturally revitalize the war affected areas and to obtain artistic prosperity among museums and galleries in the Požega-Slavonia County, especially in the rural places of Croatia which lack cultural and artistic events and happenings.
Besides the cultural, historical and artistic revitalization, this programme presents cultural and artistic investments in the generations of young people in rural areas.
Unlike other international exhibitions, this is the only one that will take place in a decaying neo-renaissance building with great significance, and, unlike many exhibitions that take place in abandoned buildings or places, this is the only decayed building hosting an exhibition with such great historical background and former beauty.
What makes this exhibition of even greater significance is the fact that this may be the only opportunity to make this exhibition happen in such an environment due to the commencement of reconstruction activies in July, which will make a dramatic impact and serve as a reminder of the belle epoque period and once prosperous connections between this countries.
This exhibition will show to be the most important, because it is planned to be the first one of many more to be displayed in Kursalon once it is renovated, and as the first one – it will be the only one in a still decaying environment.
In this way, we can derive the most out of the exhibition and make way for developing artistic, cultural and historical consciousness.
The state and local community do not only gain more historically and artistically aware people, but also a generation of young people aware of their historical heritage.