2021 RADOSLAV PUTAR AWARD, exhibition FINALE!!! and the announcement of the Winner


Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
and HULU – Split
have the honour to invite you to
The 20th anniversary of the Award, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Radoslav Putar.


Exhibition opening, Thursday, June 17, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Salon Galić
Marmontova 3
21000 Split

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday
10:00-13:00 i 17:00-21:00
10:00 – 13:00
Sundays and holidays Closed

The exhibition remains open until July 3, 2021





This year’s Finalists of the Radoslav Putar 2021 Award are:


Vitar Drinković (1983, Zagreb)
Jelena Lovrec (1989, Zagreb)
Lana Stojićević (1989, Šibenik)
Ivana Tkalčić (1987, Sisak)



This award has been given since 2002 as part of the international network YVAA – Young Visual Artists Awards, which consists of organizers of similar awards in 12 European countries. The award was established in 2002 by the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb.


The initiative of the Institute for Contemporary Art to name the Award after Radoslav Putar is mirroring our wish to promote clear statements, active participation and high professional standards, as the affirmation tools of the processes of democratization interactive with the development of culture and its institutions and art in Croatia.


Radoslav Putar (Varaždin, July 20, 1921 – Zagreb, July 18, 1994), a famous art historian and art critic, significantly directed the Croatian cultural scene towards the contemporary art language. His work is also important from a social point of view because he promoted the ideas of democracy and advocated dialogue, tolerance, freedom of expression and openness to other cultures. Today, it is difficult to imagine the extent to which his work was heroic, and we can confidently say that his contribution to theory and practice is a key segment of contemporary Croatian art and culture.


The Radoslav Putar Award consists of a two-month stay at the Residency Unlimited in New York;, in the term in agreement with RU; solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb during 2022; multi-original production in collaboration with Gallery S from Koprivnica, and a place in the jury of the Radoslav Putar Award 2022.


This year’s jury consists of:


Damir Sobota, winner of the Radoslav Putar Award 2020
Jasminka Babić, director, Fine Art Gallery, Split
Michal Koleček, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Neva Lukić, Independent Curator, Public Invitation for Curators under 40, Zagreb
Chelsea Pierce, PhD student, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK / Dallas, Texas, USA; Public call for curators up to 40 years