Palais Porcia, Herrengasse 23, 1010 Wien-Innere Stadt, Austria
Following the great success of critical retrospective exhibition of Nasta Rojc, held in 2014 in the Art Pavilion in Zagreb, and then in the City Museum of Varaždin and in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, more than 50 works of great Croatian painter will be shown in Austria – inside the exhibition venue of the Palais Porcia in Vienna.
After receiving her first lessons in painting in Zagreb from painter Oton Iveković, Nasta Rojc (Bjelovar, 1883 – Zagreb, 1964) continued her studies as a Viennese student. Since 1902, she studied painting at Kunstschule für Frauen und Mädchen, where her professors were painter Ludwig Michalek, sculptor Otto König and member of the Viennese Secession, also a painter, Hans Tichy. In Vienna, Nasta Rojc took lessons in painting nudes, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, anatomy, perspective, etchings, woodcuts, and in a photo school in Kölnerhofgasse. She also took lessons in painting from Tina Blau-Lang in Prater. She continued her studies at the Frauen Academie in Munich, first with Heinrich Knirr, and later in the Heiman school, only to return in 1908 to Vienna, in the class of sculptural modeling with professor Kaufungen. She has been exhibiting in numerous group and solo exhibitions by this period, among others at the exhibition Kollektiv Austellung Kroatische Frauenkunst, held in Vienna, where she exhibited 59 paintings. During her life, she supported the idea of equality between “male” and “female” painting, forming the Club of women painters (their first exhibition was held in the Art Pavilion in 1928).
The exhibition in Vienna will present some of the best works of Nasta Rojc created in the period from 1902 to 1949, selected by the author of the exhibition Jasminka Poklečki Stošić, director of the Art Pavilion in Zagreb. The works for the exhibition are borrowed from the collections of the Modern Gallery, Zagreb, City Museum of Bjelovar, the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Collection Kovačić-Mihočinec, Zagreb, Collection of Croatian women painter born in the 19th century, owned by the City of Zagreb and private collections, all of the works being exhibited in the Art Pavilion in 2014.
The exhibition in Vienna will be open from 30/03/2017 to 28/04/2017. The exhibition is organized as part of the Year of Croatian culture in Austria, and aims to contribute to the popularization of Croatian art and the artist herself, abroad.