For years I had been passing by the neglected little church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel witnessing its gradual decay. One morning, after leaving my atelier and while watching the church’s dilapidated walls, I started to wonder what I could do in order to bring this building, built with love, back to life. And it was at that precise moment that everything began to unfold! Many people thought the idea was crazy and that it could not be realised, but I never had any doubt. I knew that soon this place of worship was going to become a temple of art and that it would soon start to shine anew!
The restoration started in 1991 with a lot of uncertainty, but no doubt concerning the purposefulness of the project. After the completion of the complex restoration works, it was on a solemn occasion, on 16 July 1993, that Alvona Gallery was inaugurated as one of the most beautiful small and solemn exhibition venues in Croatia.
If you asked me if I would do it all over again, the answer would be “Yes, with pleasure”! And I would enjoy every minute of it! Because, just like I am grateful when somebody ensures my exhibition are well organised and promoted in the best way, I want to give the same treatment to - others. I do it in an attempt to turn the exhibition into a stimulus for the future work of my fellow artists. This is what makes me feel satisfied, this is what gives me strength, this is what inspires me to persevere with my own artistic practice.
15 years in 15 minutes
Director and cameraman: Jadranko Pongrac
The good collaboration on numerous projects with the “Rizol Media” production company has resulted in the filming of the documentary “15 Years in 15 Minutes”. The film’s author follows the preparation and realisation of exhibitions with his camera and very subtly focuses the audience’s attention on the driving force behind the gallery manager.
The Graphic Portfolio NOVA ARS HISTRIAE – SIGNUM TEMPORIS I 1996
The Artist's Monograph KARLO PALISKA Berislav Valušek 2000
The Artist's Monograph QUINTINO BASSANI Mladen Lučić 2003
The Artist's Monograph VINKO ŠAINA B. Valušek, R. Tessari 2017