Istria’s first purpose-built and design museum is the best practise example of how to successfully site contemporary architecture within the context of an old town. The Lapidarium contains a permanent collection of archaeological remains – mostly pre-Romanesque stone works from Novigrad ex-cathedral. The fragments of the inventory are stunning, featuring delicately carved intertwining patterns, familiar Christian symbols, and an array of animals and mythical beasts.
With a permanent collection alongside are challenging contemporary art shows and events throughout the year. There are usually major summer exhibitions featuring a leading Croatian or international artists, and frequent contemporary-art happenings. Part of Museum is the Rigo Gallery, well known in Croatia and worldwide, it has a fast-moving programme of challenging, contemporary art exhibitions. Particular attention is drawn to the Mauritius ciborium, one of the few fully preserved early medieval ciboriums in Europe.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, multimedia and interdisciplinary cultural events are organized throughout the year, both from different historical periods and from the recent past, as well as those that follow our daily lives.
During the summer, there are some large exhibitions of leading Croatian or international artists and the well-established International Festival of Visual Arts ”ARTerIA”. Part of the museum is the Rigo Gallery in Velika ulica 9 – a former exhibition space of stone monuments from the Lapidarium, which today is one of the most famous Croatian galleries of contemporary art practice.
Floor plan of the Museum – Museo Lapidarium
Museum – Museo Lapidarium: 5 views