Museum of Apoxyomenos

Apoxyomenos - a masterpiece of Croatian and world heritage (2nd – 1st century B.C.)

Museum of Apoxyomenos – Kvarner Palace, situated on the seafront of the town of Mali Lošinj, is the home of the Museum of Apoxyomenos and the permanent address of Apoxyomenos, the bronze statue of a young athlete which was found in 1996 on the seabed in the vicinity of Mali Lošinj.

It is an extremely well-preserved and beautifully crafted Greek work of great artistic value which is presumed to date back to the 2nd or 1st century BC. The investors of the Museum of Apoxyomenos are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Town of Mali Lošinj. The Museum has been built according to the winning competition design by the architectural duo Randić-Turato. The exhibition display designer is Idis Turato, whereas the concept of the Museum’s permanent display is the work of Iskra Karniš Vidović from the Croatian Conservation Institute.

A great number of collaborators, designers, architects, visual artists, engineers and many other experts have participated in the realisation of the Museum of Apoxyomenos in the context of its architecture, restoration, exhibition display and realisation.

The conservation and restoration works on the statue lasted for 6 years, after which Apoxyomenos toured on numerous exhibitions in Croatia, as well as in world famous Museums such as Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Architecture

The Museum of Apoxyomenos and its exhibition represent the spatial materialisation of the ceremony of passing through various rooms and halls on the way to the sculpture. The architecturally shaped body of the new Museum has been inserted in a space defined by the exterior walls and the roof of the existing Kvarner Palace. The exhibition display is defined by the idea of passing through the building by visiting nine scenes and transition zones shaped by time and space, and accompanied by the corresponding audio background. By visiting and experiencing those various, dynamic and impressive rooms, as well as by getting acquainted with their content, the visitors are getting ready for the final scene: The White Room, a completely white and silent room whose walls are covered in textile, and whose only tenant is the bronze Apoxyomenos. After meeting the sculpture the visitors get to experience one final emotion by visiting The Caleidoscope Room, a lookout at the top of the Museum situated in a room where various sequences from the Lošinj harbour are reflected in the mirrors on the ceiling.

 

 

The concept of the room and architects statement was to enable everybody in the room to be near the perfect sculpture, almost if they can touch it. In that moment, when memting Apoxyomenos, each visitor grasps the beauty and the exclusiveness of the sculpture, as well as the singularity of the feeling caused by the main artefact of this particular museum. There is no sound in the room, the visitors are whispering.

Sculpture

The bronze statue of the young athlete Apoxyomenos is a unique find not only in the Adriatic Sea, but also in the world. It was found on the seabed off the isle of Vele Orjule at a depth of 45 metres. Thanks to its wholeness and the exquisite workmanship, the statue is distinguished as a work of art of high quality. The statue was discovered extant, with only the little finger of the left hand missing, and part of the original bronze plinth, which was separated from the statue, was still attached to the sole of the right foot. The project of recovering the statue from the sea, as well as the conservation and restoration work, the research and the presentation of the statue was made possible thanks to the funding of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the donation made by the British company Oxford Maritime Ltd.

The conservation and restoration work began in 2000 and was done in the Croatian Conservation Institute in Zagreb. The work was managed by the late restorer Giuliano Tordi, formerly of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, in collaboration with the master-restorer Antonio Šerbetić, head of the Croatian Conservation Institute’s Workshop for Metal. The work was finalised after six years.

 

By visiting and experiencing those various, dynamic and colourful rooms, as well as by getting acquainted with their content, the visitors are getting ready for the final scene: "The White Room", a completely monochrome and silent room whose walls are covered in canvas, and whose only tenant is the bronze Apoxyomenos.

Reservations

Tours of the museum take place in groups of 15 to 20 people. It is not possible to tour the museum individually. The only available tours are guided tours.The whole museum has specially regulated microclimatic conditions.Visitors are not permitted to take photographs of the statue.

Information and booking:

T: +385 51 734 260

E: info@muzejapoksiomena.hr

W: www.muzejapoksiomena.hr

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