07.04.2021

“Barilček“ exhibition opened

On Friday, 9 April 2021, the exhibition "Barilček", thematically related to the storage and transport of wine in Podravina, was opened on the ground floor of the Koprivnica Gallery. The people of Podravina would buy the small wooden barrels, most often made of oak staves, with a volume of 3 to 5 liters, encircled in welded construction hoops, at the fair in Koprivnica, or they would order them from the local barrel makers. Some barrels are decorated with plant and geometric motifs in the shape of windows, stars and wavy intertwined lines drawn by hand or carved with a divider, while some have relief ornaments or are engraved with the owner's initials, year of manufacture and/or volume. At the bottom of the barrel, there was a pedestal or there were wooden legs on which the vessel stood. If barrels could talk, they would speak of very captivating untold stories about going to the vineyards, and of unforgettable gatherings in winter when there are no wine-growing activities. Apart from transporting the wine from the vineyard to the house and bringing wine to the fields for the workers during farm work, barrels were a part of viticultural customs and an integral part of everyday life. Later, however, they became decorative items kept in vineyard country houses or at homes, as a way of representing traditional viticulture, winemaking and viticultural customs at fairs and tourist events, and as objects in private or museum ethnographic collections. The exhibition takes place as a part of the EU project "Wine folklore as a historical identity of Podravina and Pomurje" (reVITAlize) and can be seen until 9 May 2021.

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