Miroslav Kraljević Gallery (GMK). A Space for Exploring Contemporary Artistic Practices.

Miroslav Kraljević Gallery (GMK) operates as an independent and non-profit platform, focused on studying, encouraging, researching, documenting, and reinterpreting contemporary artistic and intellectual practices, both in Croatia and internationally. Established as an open space, GMK concentrates on analyzing contemporary social and aesthetic phenomena, exploring the interaction between societal trends and artistic expression. The gallery’s commitment to interdisciplinarity stems from the recognition that innovation often arises as a result of the synergy between various disciplines and artistic practices.

GMK’s activities include supporting experimental, hybrid, and transdisciplinary works, particularly in the areas of artistic production, theoretical research, and discursive practices. GMK promotes artistic freedom, pluralism, and inclusivity, offering a space for critical analysis, artistic production, and interactive exchange of ideas. As a platform, it is open to experimentation, questioning, and deconstruction of traditional paradigms in art.

GMK extends its activities beyond the physical space designated for exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and discussions, becoming a virtual space for research, analysis, and exchange of ideas. This model of operation promotes encounters, co-creation, and dialogue establishment among artists, critics, theorists, and the broader public. It supports artistic forms that challenge conventional views. In addition to classic artistic artifacts, the gallery also promotes discourse, gesture, performance, thought, and transmedial action.

The gallery’s programs have been developed from the start under the guidance of an independent expert council, including artists, art historians, and critics, ensuring their relevance and timeliness in contemporary artistic discourse.

Residential Programs

GMK’s residential programs serve as a platform where artists and curators receive the necessary space for researching, developing, and realizing their conceptual ideas. These programs allow participants to focus on their work, providing them with the needed resources, support, and timeframe for deep immersion in their practice. During their stay, residents are encouraged to deepen and expand their artistic methods, aesthetic views, and conceptual frameworks.

Open Studio

The Open Studio is an interactive platform, an incubator for ideas, and a venue for critical exchange that deconstructs conventional perceptions of the gallery space as solely exhibition/presentation-oriented. As a vital component of GMK’s operations, the Open Studio serves as a space for meeting, collaboration, and joint creation between artists, curators, critics, and the public. Along with the physical space for work and research, artists have the opportunity for direct exchange with the public, opening possibilities for feedback, critical dialogue, and perspective expansion.


The annual competition Tvornica is a key mechanism through which GMK encourages and supports artists and artistic collectives in creating and exhibiting new artworks. Factory focuses on fostering the development and exhibition of artistic ideas and projects in their early stages, providing artists with stable working conditions. The competition is designed to offer artists the necessary financial and spatial support, recognizing that many artistic projects often require resources that are not always available or profitable. The aim is to encourage artists to create and develop works that challenge conventional boundaries, offering opportunities for innovation, creativity, and expression. The selected artist or collective receives advisory support from GMK’s curators during the creation process, as well as access to all gallery resources.


The gallery was named after Miroslav Kraljević, an artist whose work influenced Croatian visual arts in the early 20th century. It was established through the initiative of a group of independent curators, critics, and artists. From its inception, the gallery was led by art historian Branko Franceschi, and during his leadership – with over 350 organized exhibitions, performances, lectures, and presentations of local and international artists – it became one of the significant exhibition spaces in Croatia, gaining relevant international reputation.

Antonia Majača took over the leadership in 2005, and in collaboration with Ivana Bago, redirected the gallery’s program towards long-term engagement with thematic clusters, primarily around issues related to political, cultural, and aesthetic memory, including the history of the gallery itself and its connection to the legacy of socialist self-management. Artists whose works were commissioned and presented at the exhibitions include, among others, Sanja Iveković, Omer Fast, Asier Mendizabal, Ahmet Ogut, Mladen Stilinović, Igor Grubić, Patricia Esquivias, Nicoline van Harskamp, the Monument group, and many others. Since 2009, the gallery’s program has been developed in collaboration with discursive, exhibition, and publishing projects of DeLVe | Institute for Duration, Place, and Variables (www.delve.hr).

Ana Kovačić and Lea Vene led the gallery from 2012 to 2021, focusing on the promotion and presentation of local young artists and initiating two new projects: Open Studio and Factory. Both projects encourage the production of new works and open up the gallery space for processual engagement. The gallery has become a key location for the young art scene, providing long-term curatorial and production support. The first major international project they realized in this space, together with Sanja Sekelj, was “Liquidation”, conducted in collaboration with the Stacion center from Pristina and independent curator Sarah Lookofsky from New York. “Liquidation” dealt with various aspects of the privatization process, culminating in a large international exhibition at the gallery and public spaces of the city, as well as a conference in 2014. Within the gallery program, they initiated multi-year collaborations with the Roma community in Vrtni Put, artistic research in cooperation with ZMAG, and series of educational and participatory programs for children and the elderly. Towards the end of their tenure at GMK, together with Sanja Sekelj with whom they had led the gallery program for several years, they initiated research and revision of the history of this space and, on the occasion of the gallery’s 34th anniversary in 2021, edited and presented the publication “Strujanja” (“Flows”).

The significance of the gallery, supported from the beginning by the company Ina-Naftaplin, in whose building the gallery is located, was recognized early on by the City Office for Culture and Civil Society of Zagreb, the Ministry of Culture and Media, diplomatic representations, cultural centers, foundations, and private sponsors whose donations enable the realization of its programs. The Council of Europe included the gallery in the Apollonia Guide, a guide for Central and Eastern Europe, and in 1997, the Miroslav Kraljević Gallery launched the first non-profit website in Croatia. Due to its importance as one of the major resources on contemporary art in Croatia, the gallery’s website was included in UNESCO’s list of globally relevant cultural resources in 2000.

The gallery has been operating continuously since 1986 at Šubićeva 29. It was part of the KUD INA association until 2017, when it separated for more transparent and focused management and formed the Generator of Multidisciplinary Co-productions (GMK) – a non-profit association, founded by then leaders and curators Ana Kovačić, Sanja Sekelj, and Lea Vene. The newly formed association is the legal and programmatic successor of GMK’s previous work, maintaining uninterrupted public, cultural, and artistic activity of the gallery.

Over the last decade, the Miroslav Kraljević Gallery has gradually built its reputation as a venue that gathers and presents a wide range of artists, from emerging to established ones. Aiming to balance between domestic and international artistic practices, the gallery continues to focus on providing space for experimental work, research, and discussions in the context of contemporary art. Throughout various phases and changes in leadership, the gallery has remained true to its fundamental mission as a center for contemporary art.

The GMK team:

  • Maja Pavlinić, Gallery Director and Curator
  • Tea Matanović, Producer
  • Petar Vranjković, Program Coordinator
  • Barbara Gregov, Program Collaborator for 2023

Artistic Advisory Board of the Gallery:

  • Tihana Bertek
  • Tin Dožić
  • Ana Kovačić
  • Sonja Pregrad
  • Lea Vene

Artistic Directors:

  • Branko Franceschi (1989 – 2004)
  • Antonia Majača (2004 – 2012)
  • Ana Kovačić and Lea Vene (2012 – 2021)
  • Lovro Japundžić and Maja Pavlinić (2021 – 2023)

Former Members of the Curatorial Team:

  • Ivana Bago (2005 – 2012)
  • Sanja Sekelj (2013 – 2016)

Curatorial Assistants in the Professional Training Program:

  • Irena Tomašić
  • Tina Rajić
  • Lovro Japundžić (2017)
  • Matija Prica (2018)
  • Maja Pavlinić (2019)
  • Marko Gutić Mižimakov (2019 – 2020)