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Zagreb – The First Private Museum Re-locates to the Capital

10 November 2011 No Comment

The first private museum in Croatia, the Marton Museum, has relocated to Zagreb`s Upper Town, to Kulmer Palace, on St. Catherine`s Square, after existing for eight years in the town of Samobor. The former aristocratic apartment on the first floor of the late Baroque palace, which has up until recently been used by the contemporary art museum of Zagreb, is the ideal new home for the Marton Museum. The grand interior of the space superbly communicates with exhibits from the second half of the 18th and the first half of the 19th century. The porcelain bust of Marija Terezija and china belonging to Ferdinand of Habsburg and Catherine the Great, are only some of the exhibits at the Marton Museum.

By moving to Kulmer Palace, the Marton Museum has almost tripled in size, which has helped to introduce the public to certain collections that could previously not be exhibited in full capacity due to the lack of space, such as the collection of faience (pottery) and German and Italian porcelain.

Also adding special value to the new exhibition are the thirteen historical cabinets, which were donated to the Marton Museum by the great Victoria and Albert Museum in London last year. This donation by one of the best art museums in the world shows great recognition to the work of the Marton Museum.

There are around a thousand exhibits exposed on more than 600 square metres, from paintings to porcelain, furniture, silver and glass. The museum holds collections of exceptional artistic meaning and value, which have been exhibited in the world cultural centres such as London, Paris, Vienna and Venice. Standing out among the collections is the furniture of the most read Croatian author Marija Jurić Zagorka, followed by extremely valuable objects from the amazing Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as the collection of valuable German Meissen porcelain and a collection of Viennesse porcelain.

The establishing of the museum was a wish of the collector and entrepreneur Veljko Marton, who wanted to bring his exceptionally valuable collection of art, gathered throughout 40 years, closer to the public.

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