The Meštrović Gallery is a villa with the atelier of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, located under the Marjan hill, in the street named after him, Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46. The sculptor built it as a home for his family, atelier and as an exhibition place. Construction began in 1931 and lasted until 1939 when it was completed, everything was built by Ivan Meštrović conceptual project.
In year 1952 Ivan Meštrović donated the palace and many of his artworks to the Republic of Croatia. Since then Ivan Meštrović Gallery becomes the museum institution, which was officially opened to the public on September 9th the same year.
From the initial 70 sculptures, that were chosen by the artist for future museum of his works in Split, gallery collection eventually grew by purchases, exchanges, casting of bronze and stone sculptures from plaster models, and donations, by the artist himself and his successors, as well as other donors. Thus making a total of 192 sculptures, 583 drawings, 4 paintings, 291 architectural drawing, almost entirely the work of Ivan Meštrović, and two sets of furniture, one of which is made according to Meštrović designs.
As a great recognition to this great artist, few years ago an exhibition of Meštrović’s works was organized in Rodin Museum in Paris to mark the 50th anniversary of the Meštrović’s death and the 60th anniversary of the agreement from 1952 by which he donated his masterpieces to Croatia.
Certainly one of the most famous Mestrovic’s works is the statue of Grgur Ninski in center of Split.
When you’re in Split you should definitely visit this magnificent palace. And for your accommodation in Split Hotel Globo is here for you and our friendly staff will give you all necessary informations you need.