Largely regarded as the first museum of its kind in the world, the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art (Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti) is one of Zagreb’s most unique attractions, located in the historic Upper Town district. Chronicling the Naïve Art movement of the 20th century, the museum’s permanent collection focuses predominantly on Croatian artists from the acclaimed ‘Hlebine School’, a group of self-taught artists, spearheaded by Ivan Generalić, who worked out of the Hungarian border town of Hlebine.
Around 1,875 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints are housed
in the Museum of Naïve Art, including paintings by celebrated artists
like Generalić, Mirko Virius, Franjo Mraz and Ivan Rabuzin, and
sculpture works by Lavoslav Torti and Petar Smajic. Additional
highlights include a number of early works painted on glass and a
selection of distinguished international naïve artists, including German
Erich Bödeker, Serbian Ilija Bosilj, Japanese Taizi Harada and Dutch
Willem van Genk.