The inernationally renowned artist and one of the greatest Croatian sculptors Ivan Meštrović was born in 1883 in Vrpolje, Dalmatia, Croatia. He lived in a time of unexpected changes. He created many famous sculptors through the time of the Russian Revolution, the Balkan War, World War One and World War Two. He worked chiefly in marble, wood, and bronze and much of his sculpture was strongly influenced by Greek classical styles. Meštrović studied in Vienna and lived, worked, and exhibited in the cultural centres of Europe and the USA: Rome, Paris, Prague, London, Cannes, Geneva, Zagreb, Split, Chicago, New york, and other places. His works can be found in all of these cities today. One of his masterpieces, the Well of Life, can be found on the streets of Zagreb, just in front of the Croatian National Theater.
The Meštrović Atelier in Zagreb is part of the Ivan Meštrović Museums together with the Meštrović Gallery and Kaštelet-Crkvine in Split, as well as the Church of the Sacred Redeemer in Otavice. The collection is located in the family house in which Meštrović lived from 1922 to 1942. The complex in the Upper Town’s Mletačka ulica comprises the family’s living quarters, the atrium, the artist’s atelier, a garden, and the collection. The entire estate and its collection were donated by Meštrović in a contract made in 1952 as part of the bequest he left to his homeland.
Adults: 20 kuna / School children, students, senior citizens: 10 kuna/ ICOM and HMD members, students of academies of fine arts, museology, and art history (a membership card or student’s booklet required): free admission
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./ Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. /Closed: Monday, public holiday
For more info, see the Ivan Meštrović Museums official website.