Vid Morpurgo and Split
6 April 2018, at 5 p. m.
Vid, also known as Vito, Morpurgo ((1838–1911) was born in a renowned Jewish family. As a book shop owner and publisher, a founder of the famous Morpurgo Bookstore, a merchant, politician, industrialist and entrepreneur who dealt with the production of liqueurs and wine and who contributed to the development of wine growing and wine making in Split, an initiator of the First steam brickworks factory in Split, the president of the Split Chamber of commerce and trade, a representative in the Dalmatian Parliament, the community chairman and the president of the First People’s Bank of Dalmatia, he was one of Split’s most committed eminent people who were politically and culturally active just in the time of national revival in Dalmatia. Despite his extremely important role, which he played in the political, economic and cultural development of Split and Dalmatia, he always rather stayed in the shadows. Perhaps just because of this, political circumstances and destruction of the Archives of the Split Jewish Community during the Second World War, for several decades, his role in social and political life of Split was not sufficiently appreciated in public, and his work and activity not researched thoroughly enough.
The lecture “Vid Morpurgo and Split” will be held on Friday, 6 April 2018, at 5 p. m. by Tea Blagaić Januška, acting director of the Split City Museum. The lecture will be in Croatian language.
In the supplementary cultural programme, opera singer Nilda Luketič (soprano) will perform an aria “Daleko m’e biser mora” from the operetta “Mala Floramye” by the composer Ivo Tijardović. She will be accompanied by the pianist Matej Luketič.
Programme “Split in Maribor” is a part of the project “Maribor and Other European Cities”, which is prepared in collaboration of the Maribor – Pohorje Tourist Board, Municipality of Maribor and Tourist Board of Split. The lecture “Vid Morpurgo and Split” will be co-organised by the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor as well.