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After the people of Rijeka had the opportunity to visit it in the Sugar Palace, the exhibition “Unknown Klimt – Love, Death, Ecstasy” got a Zagreb edition. The exhibition was opened on 12th April in the Klovićevi dvori Gallery, and for that occasion it has a slightly modified name – “Unknown Klimt in Rijeka – Love, Death, Ecstasy”. It is worth noting that the exhibition presents nine paintings in the tempera technique on canvas made in 1885 for the needs of the present Croatian National Theatre „Ivan pl. Zajc“. These are the early works by Gustav Klimt (“Saint Cecilia”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Orpheus and Eurydice”), by Ernst Klimt (“Allegory of Theatre Art”, “Genius With a Trumpet” and “Genius With a Basket of Flowers”), and by Franz Matsch (“Allegory of Love Poetry”, “Allegory of Dance” and “Allegory of Comedy Opera”). The paintings do not have their original names and were given their current names just before the exhibition in Rijeka. The exhibition in the Sugar Palace brought the discovery that the paintings of three artists made for the „Ivan pl. Zajc“ theatre represent their first individually signed works. During the preparation of the exhibition, it was also found that they were not made in the oil technique, as was commonly thought, but rather in tempera on canvas. The exhibition in the Klovićevi dvori Gallery was prepared in cooperation with the City Museum of Rijeka and remains open until 26th June.

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