Slavko Dujic meets Hardy Mertens

Slavko Dujic

For two months, you can witness the meeting of Croatian visual artist Slavko Dujic and virtuoso wind music composer Hardy Mertens in the special St. Andrew’s Church by architect Laurens Bisscheroux. Slavko, who fled Yugoslavia and has lived in Parkstad for many years, recorded his life story in throat-catching art. Architecturally, St. Andrew’s Church, which is partly below ground and partly above ground, shows a strong connection to the earth. It is no coincidence that Slavko Dujic exhibits here. In his current living environment, he was deeply affected by the impact of the mining past and became friends with the world-renowned wind music composer Hardy Mertens, also a child of the former Eastern Mining Region. Hardy Mertens’ music and that of other great composers has had a very inspiring influence on his artistic creations. This can be seen and experienced musically in this special exhibition, where Slavko shows a number of large and smaller works from the past decade.

As a visual artist with a huge commitment, he yearns for freedom for everyone to be able to lovingly take in all the beauty that the world has to offer. Slavko’s art has previously been on display at many large exhibitions around the world.

After Cultura Nova, the exhibition can be seen from 6 September to 18 October on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00-12.00 (other times by appointment), on Sunday 11 September from 12.00-17.00 (Open Monuments Day) and on Sunday 18 and 25 September from 13.00-16.00.