Croatian sculptor and architect Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) was fascinated about faces. The more twisted the better. This was what I concluded when visiting Ivan Meštrović Gallery in Split, the seaside city in Croatia.
What an impressive place. The gallery itself is already a monument designed by Meštrović himself. Luckily the building is not too packed with artwork, many of the sculptures need space around them. The art – inside and in the garden overlooking Adriatic Sea – is very powerful.
After several relocations in Europe due to political unrest during the early decased of 1900’s, Ivan Meštrović moved in 1946 to the USA, where he lived the rest of his life. We can now enjoy Meštrović’s are because during early 1950’s he donated all estates and hundreds of sculptures and drawings to the people of Croatia.