The celebration of five hundred years since the publication of the first literary work in the Croatian language, written in 1501, by Marko Marulić from Split (1450-1524), will commence with the multimedia exhibition JUDITA 500.
The first edition in the vernacular was published in Venice in 1521, and the exhibition features a facsimile of the only entirely preserved first edition of Judita, from the monastery of Franciscan Friars Minor in Dubrovnik. Visitors can browse the digitised original on a multimedia screen. Also on display are the first edition, slightly damaged, from the Scientific Library in Zadar, the second, dating from 1522, the fourth (1586), and the fifth (1627) from the National and University Library in Zagreb. As from today, the public has a unique opportunity, for the first time, to see simultaneously, four of the first five editions of Judita, whilst the third edition from 1523, which is kept in the State Library in Munich, is presented through a cover reprint. In the 19th century, after having elapsed over 300 years, Judita was "rediscovered" and, up until today, numerous editions have been printed in foreign languages: English, French, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, and even Esperanto, and all these editions are part of the exhibition.
Upon entering the City Hall from Pjaca, the visitor is being acquainted with the context of the historical period of Judita's origin through the timeline and the interesting animated film by Dalibor Popovič showing the author's life with a dose of humour. The exhibition on the first floor, entitled "Dike ter hvaljen'ja presvetoju Juditi" is entirely dedicated to the first edition of Judita. All five editions can be scrolled and viewed on a touch screen.
On the second floor, there is a summary of the work shown through a view of the artistic, theatrical, and musical adaptations. One can see the play Judita directed by Marin Carić and adapted by Tonko Maroević from 1979, then a segment of the musical performance of Judita by Katarina Livljanić in collaboration with the ensemble Dialogos, and parts of the interpretation of Judita by Josip Genda. There is also a short feature film with excerpts from Marulić’s Judita, filmed in the historic areas of Split and the City Museum of Split, which was produced by the Marko Marulić City Library.
The authors of the exhibition are the curators of the Split City Museum, Darka Perko Kerum and Marija Plazibat, the designer of the exhibition is Nikolina Jelavić Mitrović, and the expert associates of Judita 500 are Branka Brekalo and Dina Vuletin Borčić. The author of the most exhibition texts is dr. sc. Bratislava Lučina from Marulianum, and mr. sc. Branko Jozić who in addition to his advisory role, also prepared a bibliography of Judita. The author of the illustrations is Milan Trenc, who made them according to motifs from Judita. Dr. sc. Ana Šimić, who wrote about ‘začinjavci’ (anonymous Croatian medieval folk poets), and friar Domagoj Runje, who is the author of texts on biblical Judita also contributed to the preparation of the exhibition.
By adapting and arranging the Old City Hall, our city has gained a modern multifunctional exhibition space that opens with an exceptional multimedia cultural event, an exhibition dedicated to the epic poem of the father of the Croatian literature Marko Marulić, who lived near the Old City Hall.
At the same time, Old City Hall can accommodate up to 25 people. We invite all citizens and visitors of Split to visit the exhibition of works by this world-renowned citizen of Split on weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. The exhibition runs until October 4, 2021.
Karlo Kazinoti and Mišo Komenda are the authors of the visual identity of the exhibition, and of the Old City Hall itself, the renovation of which is financed from the strategic EU project of the City of Split "Palace of Life - City of Changes."