Dubrovnik Museums and Ethnographic Museum Split will open an exhibition on olive and olive oil culture on Friday, September in the Rupe Etnographic Museum, starting at 8 pm. The name of the exhibition is ‘Sweet but Not Honey, Bitter but Not Wormwood’.
All the works covered in this exhibition include an overview of basic sorts of olives, including harvesting, transport and storage of olives to their processing in small amounts and in oil refineries, as well as the olive related beliefs and costums.
The emphasis is placed on once well-known olive and oil practices, which are largely different from the contemporary ones, but the tradition of olive growing and processing is based on them.
Through the millennium of olive growing along the Dalmatian coast and on the islands, the periods of prosperity of olive growing and its overthrow have changed, depending on the given social conditions. But this durable, modest and long-lasting fruit was permanently available to man as a source of food, heat, and light. Since ancient times its fruit has been used in nutrition, wood for buildings and fire, leaf as a animal food, and oil for food, spice, medicine and illumination. Olive branches and oil play an important role in various civic beliefs and customs as well as in Christian rituals.
The exhibition will remain open until October 22nd 2018.