(Varaždin 20.7.1929. - Zagreb 18.7.1994.)
The Award was named after Radoslav Putar, eminent art historian, critic and curator, who by his effort significantly directed Croatian culture towards the contemporary visual arts language.
His work was also significant in its social aspect, because he promoted the ideas of democracy and advocated dialogue, tolerance, freedom of expression and the openness to other cultures. We can hardly imagine today to what extent his work was indeed heroic, and we can positively assert that his contribution to theory and practice provided one of the keystones of contemporary Croatian art and culture.
Our initiative to name the Award after Radoslav Putar reflects our desire to promote clear attitudes, active participation and high professional standards as the means of the affirmation of democratic processes, which are interdependent with the development of culture, cultural institutions and the arts in Croatia.