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Since the end of March 2021, paintings from the cycle Embraces and Exodus by Safet Zec will be on display at eight venues. This is at the same time also his largest solo exhibition in Slovenia so far. Zec has been creating both cycles for the last 20 years, inspired by a deep respect for contemporary tragic events, especially the Srebrenica tragedy, the sad love story of Boško and Admira (called Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet) and contemporary global migrant issues with an emphasis on children as the most innocent victims.

The master dedicates 37 paintings to the tragic story of Boško and Admira, also called Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet. The works will be on display in the old town of Piran:

  • the Giuseppe Tartini Theatre,
  • the Baptistery of John the Baptist
  • the church of Our Lady of Health
  • the churches of St. Peter
  • the church of St. Rochus,
  • the church of Our Lady of Consolation
  • the Tartini House

The master dedicates 13 paintings to the absurdity of war and sad fates of modern-day migrants. “This deeply contemplating existential content is also present in the images from the Exodus cycle, inspired by the current issue of migration, a disgrace to the highly developed civilization of the 21st century.

Human characters with their own spiritual and physical appearance magnificently control the entire pictorial field and, despite their cruel destiny, are invincible with their humanity and calmly control the earthly sphere.” (Nives Marvin in the exhibition catalogue).


  • the former salt warehouse Monfort

Three different organizations from Piran – a public, a private and non-governmental one – joined their forces for the exhibition of paintings by Safet Zec Exodus and Embraces in order to present the exceptional painter and the extremely humane message of his works to Piran, Istria and Slovenia. In this way, these organizations wish to celebrate their respective anniversaries of many years of work and efforts in bringing art closer to their fellow citizens, as well as to all other lovers of beauty.

Opening times and entrance fee

Opening times

Tuesday – Sunday




Entrance fee

Giuseppe Tartini Theatre Piran, Tartini House Piran, Salt Warehouse Monfort

Ticket for all three exhibition grounds

8,00  €

Ticket for one location

3,00  €

Group price (min. 10 adult persons)

5,00 €

Secondary/university students and seniors

4,00 €

Elementary schools and persons with disability


A free exhibition of Safet Zec works can be visited in the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist and the churches of St. Rochus, St. Peter, Our Lady of Consolation, Our Lady of Health.

Guided tour

On Sunday at 11 AM or at 12 AM
Supplement for guiding: 3 EUR/person + entrance fee

Guided tour for groups

Supplement (over 10 persons) 3 EUR/person + entrance fee
Guiding in Slovene and various foreign languages.

Private tour

Private tour for 2 persons: 50 €

Guided tour exhibition + old town Piran

Guided tour exhibition + old town Piran (3 hrs): 150 €

Reservation of a guided tour or group visit is required:,  Polona Senčar +386 31 630 680.