Museum of Contemporary Art

About Museum of Contemporary Art
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Avenija Dubrovnik 17
Zagreb, Croatia 10000
+385 1 60 52 700
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After many years of effort invested in securing an adequate space for the Museum, either by remodelling the existing or by constructing a building, a decision was made in 1998 in favour of the latter option. The new location was set in Novi Zagreb, at the crossroads of Većeslav Holjevac and Dubrovnik Avenues. In summer 1999, Croatian Ministry of Culture and Zagreb City Council launched a national architectural competition, supervised by the Zagreb Architects Association, which selected a design by architect Ivan Franić from among 85 candidates.
In May 2001, the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Zagreb City Council signed an agreement on building the new Museum  of Contemporary Art, in which they guaranteed to share the construction costs in equal parts. The City of Zagreb also supplied the building plot.
Outline planning permission was granted in December 2002 and the building permit in February 2003. On 17 November 2003, the construction works on the new Museum  of Contemporary Art officially began.
Respecting the tradition of functionalist architecture, Igor Franić ( designed a building that extends in a north-south direction, continuing the orientation of the Green Horseshoe. The Museum will cover a total surface of 14500 m2, 4800 m2 of which will be used as exhibition space. Its north facade, oriented towards the city park with Bundek  Lake, is intended for open-air exhibitions. The partitioned geometrical volume of the five-storey building, characterized by a changing cross-section reminiscent of a meander, is meant to become a recognizable symbol of the city in the future.
The ground floor is entirely intended for the visitors – it contains the museum shop, children’s workshop, library with a reading hall, a minor exhibition space, restaurant, and a multimedia hall. The exhibition rooms are located on the upper floors of the Museum, constructed in a meander-like form.Multifaceted as they are, they make it possible to enlarge, diminish, and intertwine the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions,and are suitable for exhibiting and presenting even the most demanding exhibition projects. At the underground level, there are spaces for storing newly arrived artworks, an audio-visual studio, auxiliary spaces for technical maintenance, and restoration workshops.
The Urban Interventions project covered the gradual moving of the Museum from the Upper Town to the building site on the banks of River Sava. Simultaneously with the beginning of the construction works, photographer Jasenko Rasol was invited to photograph the entire process, from the very outset - our web pages offer a selection from this series of photographs, entitled Under Construction.
In Autumn 2007, a project of the same name was organized in the future neighbourhood of MSU, on the crossroads of Većeslava Holjevca and Dubrovnik Avenues,  in Mamutica, one of the symbolic residential buildings of New Zagreb, as well as on Bundek Lake and in the recently opened Avenue Mall. The presentations, exhibitions, video projections, and events, which lasted for several days, featured Tonka Maleković, Lina Kovačević, Damir Očko, Filjo & Pas, and Woo Collective.

The content of the collections corresponds to the exhibition policy of our institution. Since its very beginnings, the MSU has exhibited and acquired artworks by those Croatian and international artists who revealed intriguing and high-quality artistic aspirations, including a new or different visual language. The Museum's collections document the beginnings and the logical evolution of certain artistic tendencies, as well as their direct or indirect impact on the production that followed. At the same time, the collections witness the topicality of Croatian artistic production in particular time periods, in their relation to the parallel currents in European and global art.
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Public transportation:

-Trams (stations Sopot, Siget and MSU): 6/7/14
-Buses (stations Sopot, Siget and MSU): 166/219/220/221/229/268/310/311/313/109/222
-from Zagreb Airoport -> bus -> get out at station Av.Dubrovnik–Sopot 1
-Main train station
   -Tram number 6 (station Sopot)
   -Buses (stations Sopot, Siget and MSU): 166/219/220/221/ 268/310/311/313
-Main bus station:
-Tram number 7 (station Sopot)

Personal transportation:

-highway A1 -> exit Lučko -> straight to Avenue Dubrovnik
-highway A2 -> exit Buzin (5) -> Zagrebačka cesta street -> SR Njemačke street -> Avenue Dubrovnik
-highway A3 > exit Istok -> Slavonska avenija -> Avenue Veceslava Holjevca

There are free parking spaces on the east and north side of museum.
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2 Reviews of Museum of Contemporary Art  
First To Review: Mario P.
4.0 star rating
Feb 27, 2011
Really good museum, highlight is the exit- a slide from top to bottom!!! Good value for 30 kuna, allow a couple of hours. Take the Saport tram from the city centre.
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5.0 star rating
Mar 10, 2010
One of the new Zagreb's landmarks. From the day it's opened, it's always full of people, young and old, and it's well appreciated by the directors of other museums in Zagreb. There's a great visual identity outside and inside of the museum. At the highest part, also the end of the museum, you can go on slide that goes down to the bottom of the museum. That's the reason why does a lot of young people come there. 5 stars from me ;)
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