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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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  • If you love modern and intersting art you are going to love this place. On all of 3 floors of this really large building you can find many beautiful and thought provoking exbits from various artists.  more »
  • I visited to different museum with my friends over the past month and this is one of my favourites! The museum demonstrates history and politics in intriguing art pieces and I was amazed by them. Alth...  more »
  • i visited here with friends and was pleasantly surprised by what was inside! There was a large range fascinating art from different eras. This was especially interesting as they had a lot of political...  more »
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  • The museum is a nice piece of modern architecture, kind of like an exhibit in itself. However, it seems that after the construction (later decoration and organization) was done very poorly. The building is not functional as it should be, and orientation inside and around the building is poor. If you're coming with kids, a nice plus is a big two-story slide.
  • I spent a couple of pleasant hour in the museum. Other reviews are right, this place could much more to the visitors. Very nice for kids (and not only them!) the two slides that take you out of the museum from different floors.
  • No matter how many times I visited, this museum never gets old. Exiting by going down a huge slide is awesome.
  • Great, beautiful modern venue, architecture by Igor Franić. Shame to see it is not maintained properly.
  • Great building, working hours not really meant for working people. It could be so much more.

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