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Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

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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, 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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  • We were not expecting much from the museum as it seemed to not be frequented often by tourists and locals alike. But the exhibitions really impressed us. Allocate at least 3 - 4 hours here to finish w...  more »
  • Little noticed. Got here quite by accident, but pleased with the visit. We spent about three hours inside the Museum quickly. It is a pity that it is undervalued, inside the Museum were only three visitors.
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  • Muzej suvremene umjetnosti shortened to MSU, an acronym for the whole, as suited to large exhibition spaces for contemporary art in major cities. In the pipeline as a project since the late ' 90 in an era not terribly happy and "safe" for a State that illusion that it has begun its own independence, but that still had a lot to resolve civil rights and respect for minorities also ethnically speaking. Opened only in 2009, in Novi Zagreb, the MSU represents a quantum leap for the whole city and for the conquest of rights because, whether we like it or not, art is thought and thought is culture what makes people more aware and free. Not bad the permanent exhibition, but even more remarkable event rotation quality as rich and unwearied temporary sculptures by Vojin Bakić, Edo Murtić or expressionist artists. Sometimes bold installations such as a video with white mice that run back and forth are likely to distract the passer or the inhabitant of the area from their thoughts. What's the harm?
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  • Great building, working hours not really meant for working people. It could be so much more.
  • The building is quite impressive both from inside and outside. However, the orientation is at least poor. You cannot easily spot the entrance and inside the building there is not any signage or a printed map that shows you around. The frond desk guy was almost rude and not helpful at all. It is quite difficult to spot any guards and if you are lucky they do not seem to have any interst in being helpful. The exhibitions were apparently interesting hut do not go beyond the typical "white cube" example. In any case it is worth going!
  • Surprisingly, this is a great place for your child's birthday celebration! They organize everything, a tour, a bit of creative activity and there are even slides outside the building that go from 1st and from 2nd floor to the ground. Great fun, recommended!
  • Excellent place to visit, when you are in Zagreb. Of course, if you like Contemporary Art. Impressive building!
  • Nice modern interior. Special bonus are the slides!