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Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

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4.1/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
The Museum of Contemporary Art is a contemporary art museum located on Dubrovnik Avenue in Zagreb, Croatia. It is the biggest and most modern museum in the country.The museum traces its origins from the City Gallery of Contemporary Art which was established in 1954. The gallery was located at the Kulmer Palace in the Upper Town area and also housed the Center for Photography, Film and Television and a museum library. Due to lack of space the museum never had a permanent display.In 1998, a decision was made to move the museum to a brand new building on the corner of Dubrovnik and Većeslav Holjevac avenues in Novi Zagreb district. A competition for the building's design was held, and architect Igor Franić's design was chosen out of 85 entries submitted. The cornerstone for the new building was laid in November 2003, and the new museum finally opened on 11 December 2009, after six years of construction which was beset with several delays. Originally planned to cost around 200 million HRK, the cost eventually amounted to 450 million HRK (around 84 million US$), invested in equal parts by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb.The building has a total area of 14,600 m2, out of which 3,500 m2 is reserved for the permanent display and around 1,500 m2 is designated for occasional exhibitions. The building also houses a library, a multimedia hall, a bookstore, cafe and a restaurant.
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  • Museum of Contemporary Art is a total loss, too much and too expensive building without any artistic spirit, just ugly and unattractive 
  • The location is not in the city centre, but well worth to visit! Regional Contemporary Art mastepieces can be seen in very cozy atmosphere 
  • This modern architecture Museum presents an important collection of artists largely Croatian or other countries of the former Yugoslavia. Sunday afternoon, we were probably less than 10 in this great Museum, very nice, very quiet visit. It takes about 2 hours to visit quietly. After the visit, by curiosity, we went to the Mall which is located in front of the Museum: Sunday afternoon, hundreds and hundreds of people in the Mall... Strange experience...
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  • The slide was terrible, it didn't slide at all, in fact we spent about 5 minutes trying to push ourselves down. This was using the matts provided. When we arrived the guy at the front was watching videos on his phone, very unfriendly and barely looked at us. The art itself was interactive and interesting. Some more background and history to some of the art would be useful, whereas all the text to the side of art was about art galleries essentially
  • As a contemporary art institution I was hoping for a greater diversity of works from international artists, however its collection is heavily weighted towards Croatian and former Yugoslavian artists. While the works presented are interesting, the experience as a whole lacks engaging curatorship and feels somewhat inert and lifeless. The museum is contained within an architecturally incredible space, and while it's a small mission to get there by public transport, it's still worth a visit.
  • One of the best museums in Croatia. I was very fortunate to see the Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky exhibit. The light panels on the sides of the building show what's on display inside, and the big slide for going out instead of using the stairs is pretty fun.
  • If you like modern art, then this is place to visit.
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