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Ivana Franke, a Croatian artist with a Berlin address opened her exhibition Apercepcija this past Wednesday, April 20th with great anticipation. One of the most important representatives of Croatia’s contemporary art scene in the world returned to The House for People and Art with newer and older works available for acquisition as well as some works in Lauba’s collection – Centar, Pod, Instants of Visibility and Latency, with which she individually represented Croatia at the 52nd Venice Biennale.


Installations that intricately play with light, darkness, and that in between and utilize the tricky perception of transparent materials, as well as detailed graphics that map out our neurological processes transformed the gallery space into a layered deliberation of reality and cognitive processes, confronting the viewer with unexpected visual stimuli. Particularly astounding are the aforementioned installations Instants of Visibility and Latency that bring the audience into two rooms almost disorienting in their darkness, yet still mesmerizing from their use of incomprehensible light elements. The sheer amount of guests at the opening that kept returning into the darkness time and time again speaks to just how irresistible these intangible visual stimuli are.


Ivana Franke’s mastery in creating imposing installations has been recognized by numerous important art institutions across the globe like MoMA PS1 in New York, the Deutsche Guggenheim museum in Berlin, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Reykjavik Art Museum in Island and the Sharjah Art Foundation in the UAE, among others.


The exhibition is open Monday through Saturday 12pm – 9pm until May 3rd, with regular ticket prices of 50 kn and student, retiree and neighborhood tickets prices of 25 kn.


Photos: Šimun Bućan