Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

organizer: Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
co-organizers: Consulate General of the Republic of Italy in Croatia (Rijeka), Glazbeni Festival Kvarner d.o.o. (Opatija)
partner: Museo del Violino (Cremona, Italy)
financial underwriting: Infobip d.o.o. (Vodnjan)
exhibition conceived by: Tamara Mataija, Fausto Cacciatori, Tea Perinčić
opening: 6 December 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
violin: Marco Bronzi
harp: Davide Burani

the exhibition will remain open until February 2021
the Cremona violins may be viewed until 8 March 2020

Part of the preliminary programme for the exhibition “Borders – Between Order and Chaos” includes the observance of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Franjo Kresnik (1869-1943), one of the greatest Cremonese lutherie experts of his time. Kresnik dedicated over 40 years to the study of bowed string instruments, particularly those made in the workshops of Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. In his honour, instruments made by these two great luthiers will be exhibited in the Museum.
Franjo Kresnik’s musical heritage and work will be viewed through the context of the economic, political and social circumstances of that time. Kresnik’s passion, his study of Italian, and particularly Cremonese, classical violins, and his later production of instruments in his own workshop surpassed the borders that politics had imposed on the place in which he lived. He played a crucial role in the events leading to establishment of the International School of Violin-making in Cremona, so that he was even called the school’s corresponding director. He was a member of Akademija – a society of Croatian intellectuals – and a representative of the Italian Craftsmanship Association. He provided medical treatment to D’Annunzio’s Arditi and volunteered in the Banovina hospital in Sušak, showing in his life and work that he did not acknowledge borders, whether real or imaginary. His contemporaries described him as being Viennese by birth, a resident of Yugoslavia, but an Italian in spirit. But Franjo Kresnik, a denizen of Sušak and Rijeka, was a citizen of Europe whose activities bridged political borders and left an indelible mark on the preservation of Cremonese lutherie.
A part of the exhibition’s opening ceremonies will be a concert, “The Violin and Harp in European Salons,” at which the Stradivarius Lam 1734 violin (formerly of Scotland University) and the Prince Doria violin (1734) made by Guarneri del Gesù will be played by Marco Bronzi. David Burani will play the harp.

project author: Denis Nepokoj
playing Tia: Petra Šarac
design of graphic symbols in the permanent display: Vesna Rožman
graphic symbols in permanent display designed by: Ivana Postić
IT support: Tihomir Tutek
The audioguide will be presented at a press conference in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka on 19 December 2019 at 11 a.m.

Observing the 120th anniversary of the construction of the Governor’s Palace in 2016, one little girl decided to explore the past of this former residence of Rijeka’s governors. Tia is a girl from Rijeka. She has long hair and freckles on her nose, she is curious and playful and often you can see her exploring the city with her older brother Tin. Its streets and squares, palaces and parks… She imagines how it was, speculates about how it could be… She explores, questions, discovers… she is proud of her city, with its fascinating past and rich heritage, of which the Governor’s Palace is a part. Not only is it a part of all that, the Governor’s Palace is the loveliest palace in the city! For over one hundred and twenty years, it has looked down upon the city from on high, following all of the city’s changes, and today the past, present and future all intermingle inside it. Although we may think we know everything about the Governor’s Palace, each new step into this historical building’s past reveals something new.
And that’s why today Tia is inviting you to go on a little adventure … or a big one… we can’t know that yet, can we? Because Tia has returned to the past, to the time when the Governor’s Palace was centre stage for political, cultural and social life in the city.
And she’s looking for company as she explores the intriguing past of the Palace, which even today attracts attention, but only reveals its secrets to the most persistent explorers…

The interactive children’s guide, “Tia Travels Through 120 Years of the Governor’s Palace,” was first published in printed form in 2016 as a part of the project to observe the 120th anniversary of the Palace’s construction. After the printed edition, the Museum took a step forward in the presentation and interpretation of the former governor’s residence and presented this audioguide in the Croatian and English languages. As one of the contemporary forms of museum presentation and communication with visitors, audio guidance through the former Governor’s Palace is primarily geared toward a younger audience: children who pass through the Palace’s rooms while simultaneously receiving information about the Palace, what it was like to live there and the circumstances that led to its construction. Speaking to them, the little girl Tia leads them through the space and time described in the book, and interesting graphic symbols in the permanent display lead the way for visitors/listeners. This way of presenting museum materials with the use of modern technology facilitates easier comprehension and assimilation of the content published in the book, to say nothing of learning about the City’s history through the prism of the past in the Governor’s Palace, one of the loveliest buildings in Rijeka.

organizer: Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka
exhibition conceived by: Tea Perinčić and Ana-Maria Milčić
exhibition designed by: Sanjin Kunić and Nikolina Radić Štivić
the exhibition will remain open until 31 January 2021
Tea Perinčić, who created the exhibition, will lead a guided tour for the public on 19 December 2019 at 6 p.m.

As an introduction to the project Borders: Between Order and Chaos, which the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka is implementing as part of the European Capital of Culture 2020 programme The Age of Power, the Museum will stage an exhibition which marks the one-hundredth anniversary of D’Annunzio’s occupation of Rijeka on 12 September 1919.

The exhibition also alludes to D’Annunzio’s attitude toward the women in his life, who, after ending relationships with him, were “physically and emotionally spent,” just like the city of Rijeka.

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Educational birthday workshops in the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka are aimed at children aged 4 to 12. The workshops are thematic, and the celebrants can choose from six available themes: ‘Masquerade Ball,’ ‘The Trsat Dragon,’ ‘On-board Emergency,’ ‘Unusual Form,’ ‘Challenge Trail,’ and ‘Treasure Hunt.’ The programs are held in the Museum’s premises.

Must be arranged in advance.

the workshop is aimed at children aged 5 to 11
held on: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
applications accepted throughout the school year
price: HRK 100/month

The workshop is aimed at children aged 8 to 18
held on: Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.
applications accepted throughout the school year
price: HRK 100/month

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