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Exhibition: MU 52 by Darko Škevin

On the Night of the Museums, we’ll host a special exhibition of a very special author in our museum.

The exhibition “MU 52” is Darko Škevin’s first solo exhibition. The name of the exhibition itself is very associative and to those familiar with Betina shipbuilding it automatically refers to Šime Jušić’s boat, once at berth in the port of Betina. Gajeta MU 52 is also known as Jušinica, and its owner sailed the traditional Latinsko Idro regattas until the end of the second decade of the 2000s.

The exhibition is seen as a retrospective, with a presentation of the author’s works from different periods of his life. The earlier works, models of the Betina gajeta, were of larger dimensions, while the later works are smaller, finer and with more details. In his work he uses materials from which the real objects are actually made – wood, metal, canvas and rope. Thematically, the works are of great value because they depict traditional sceneries present in the collective memory of local people, and to those related to wooden boats and the sea. Scenes from the shipyard, going shellhunting with the brganja and similar actions would perhaps have been forgotten if they had not been immortalized in Darko’s models. This author’s exhibition is also a recognition of his work, a versatile artist, a connoisseur of Betina shipbuilding, a keeper of numerous traces of local culture and customs, and a very special friend of our museum.

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