Grisia is surely the most popular outdoor
exhibition in Croatia, and also the most recognizable cultural
event in Rovinj.
a street bearing the same name and joining the main town
square and St. Euphemia’s church like a spine, academic artists,
amateurs and children exhibit their works of art for a numerous
audience, socialize and await final pronouncement of the
best works and valuable prizes.
is organized on a Sunday in August, from 7 in the morning
until late afternoon, when the street paved with shiny stone,
walls, doors, windows and blinds get decorated with countless
paintings, sculptures, installations and other colorful items
– fruits of creativity produced by artists form the entire
Istria, Croatia and beyond.
«Grisija: probably among the most
recognizable trademarks of old Rovinj; the street is picturesquely
paved and windy, playful with its glittering waterfall
of stone steps.
The annual art event has been organized here since the
summer of 1967 and a Sunday in August. The story about
artwork under the clear blue sky – on walls, doors, shutters,
in hallways – its history is also the ancient history of
curiosity, stubbornness and persistence of a creative mind,
also a confirmation of the creative Eros that always looks
for new challenges again, going toward the other man, toward
the space with which the artist and his art can and want
all, one face of a work of art is always turned to communication,
while the other face is permanent – even worried – dedicated
to the existence of man and his position in the world,
more inclined toward the reality of the other side, persistent
in its search for the metaphysical and yearning for the
Grisija is an individual and joint effort, however short
lasting, but still a great effort in its best and most
sincere moments, and a striving toward the beautiful,
the good and the true.
Grisija is, after all, Rovinj with its bosom placed in
an atelier under the vault of heaven.»