Finalists shortlisted – Radoslav Putar Award 2022





This year, as in the previous 20 at the Institute for Contemporary Art, a competition was held for the Radoslav Putar Award, an annual award for artists in Croatia up to 40 years of age. For jury members, there was an Open call for curators up to 40 years of age.

Radoslav Putar Award is a member of the international network YVAA – Young Visual Artists Awards.







The Radoslav Putar Award consists of

– a two-month residency program at the Residency Unlimited in New York;, on time in agreement with RU;

(most likely April / May 2023)

– solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, during 2023;

– production of a multi-original in collaboration with Gallery S from Koprivnica,

– and places in the jury of the Radoslav Putar Award 2023.



The partners of the Institute for Contemporary Art are organizing the project

Croatian Association of Fine Artists, HULU – Split, and Gallery S from Koprivnica.

Residency Unlimited and Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York, and YVAA – Young Visual Artists Awards.


Among the received applications for this year’s competition for
the Radoslav Putar Award, the Jury members:


Lana Stojićević, Split; Winner of the Radoslav Putar Award 2021.
Vanja Babić; Zagreb; head of the MH Gallery and curator at the Kranjčar Gallery
Barbara Borčić, Ljubljana, SLO; independent curator
Jasmina Šarić, Split; curator, CHC / Prostor, Open call for curators up to 40 years of age
Petra Šarin, Zagreb; art historian, Open Call for Curators up 40 years of age



has selected four Finalists of this year’s 21st edition of the Award.





KATERINA DUDA, Zagreb / Pula, 1989.

GLORIJA LIZDE, Split, 1991.

VLADIMIR NOVAK, Zagreb, 1987.

MARINA RAJŠIĆ, Potpićan / Rijeka 1995.



Congratulations to all the selected finalists and we wish each of them every success in the further course of the competition!



The Finalists’ Exhibition is scheduled to open on, June 14, 2022, at 8:00 pm at the Galić Salon / HULU – Split, where the jury after the second round of competition and discussions with each individual finalist should announce the winner of the Radoslav Putar Award for 2022.




Radoslav Putar (Varaždin, July 20, 1921 – Zagreb, July 18, 1994), a famous art historian and art critic, significantly directed the Croatian cultural scene toward 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 the theory and practice is a key segment of contemporary Croatian art and culture.


Our initiative to name the award Radoslav Putar Award reflects our desire to promote clear attitudes, active participation and high professional standards, as tools for the affirmation of democratic processes, interdependent with the development of culture, cultural institutions and the arts in Croatia.


Radoslav Putar graduated from the University of Zagreb (1949) where he later taught at the Department of Art History (1951 – 1961). He was a co-founder and a member of the Gorgona group (1959-1966), head of the information department at the newly established CIO, the Center for Industrial Design (1964-65), curator of the Museum of Arts and Crafts (1968-1972). , director of the Zagreb City Gallery (1972-1979), editor of the magazine Spot (1972-1978), founder of CEFFT, the centre for photography, film and television (1973,), and director of the Museum of Arts and Crafts. (1979 – 1983).



Past Winners of the Radoslav Putar Award:

 Tanja Dabo 2002; Nika Radić 2003; Igor Eškinja 2004; Antun Božičević 2005; Tina Gverović 2006; Vedran Perkov 2007; Marko Tadić 2008, Goran Škofić 2009, Davor Sanvincenti 2010, Marko Marković 2011, Miran Blažek 2012; Dina Rončević 2013; Igor Ruf 2014., Niko Mihaljević, 2015.; Dino Zrnec 2016., Matej Knežević, 2017., Ana Kuzmanić, 2018., and Predrag Pavić, 2019., Damir Sobota, 2020.; Lana Stojićević, 2021.



So far, more than 500 artists and curators have participated in the competitions of the Radoslav Putar Award, and 86 artists and 90 members of the jury in the finals.