Mahatma Gandhi and Kristian Kreković connecting India and Croatia

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Croatian-Indian Society and the Embassy of India in Zagreb organized a lecture by professor Darko Žubrinić on Mahatma Gandhi and Kristian Kreković connecting India and Croatia.

Professor Žubrinić said that Kristian Kreković (1901–1985), distinguished Croatian painter, is a unique phenomenon in the history of Croatian art. His work connects in various ways Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, France, India, Peru, USA, Spain (and in particular Catalonia), Serbia, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. His wife Sina (a Jewess, fluent in eight languages, including Croatian and Quechua), sacrificed her pianistic career for her beloved husband. The lecture paid special attention to Kreković’s projects of World Peace, the New Renaissance and the World Government. Mahatma Gandhi praised Kreković’s art. Their personal contacts can be traced at least since 1931, and in particular due to the portrait completed in 1936, during Gandhi’s meditation in Kreković’s atelier in Paris. It is now kept in the Museu Kreković in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Kreković’s Gallery in Palma was solemnly opened in 1981 by the Spanish Queen Sofia.

Prepared by: Robert Bulat, secretary, Croatian-Indian Society.