Muzej Apoksiomena

Riva lošinjskih kapetana 13, 51550 Mali Losinj

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The apoxyomenon is an upright standing naked face of the athlete in a contortion leaning against the right leg. The finding of an ancient statue near the islet of Vela Orjule at a depth of about 45 meters was reported to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia in 1998, after the statue was found and photographed by a Belgian tourist in 1996. Special police specialists and experts from the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Museum in Zadar excavated it on April 27, 1999. After his removal from the sea, he followed the long-lasting process of desalination, interdisciplinary research and restoration (Croatian Restoration Institute in cooperation with the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Institute in Florence), after which Apoksiomen was exhibited several times in world and Croatian museums and galleries (Paris, Los Angeles, London, Florence, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Zadar, Osijek). The Apoksiomen Museum is located in the Kvarner Palace, a home in a row that shapes the Lošinj Riviera and the city front, and during its history it has undergone a series of transformations, reconstructions and degradation. The authors of the competition project for the Apoksiomen Museum, for which they won the first prize in 2009, is the architectural office Randić Turato. Works on the reconstruction of the palace and the construction of the Museum began at the beginning of 2012, and the Museum will be open to the public on April 30, 2016. The Apoksiomen Museum is classified as a national museum-gallery space. His physical space embodies and locates the equally important immaterial concept of a contemporary museum that corresponds to the original, ancient understanding of the museum as a place of contemplation, learning and knowledge exchange. The Apoksiomen Museum will have an important and active role as a recognizable national museum with a global reach and a strong influence on the local development and focal point for cultural events in Mali Lošinj.

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