Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti

At this conference, MMSU is represented by Jerica Ziherl, Director.

Dolac 1/2, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Contact: Jerica Ziherl

visual arts center / gallery / museum
public institution (governed by public law), established in 1948 by a group of professional artists and the municipality

Since its very beginning, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has built up a reputation as one of the most prestigious visual arts institutions in Croatia. Its programs have included events such as the first group exhibitions of contemporary art in former Yugoslavia, which were held under the title of “Rijeka Salon” from 1954 to 1963; the Biennial of Young Yugoslav Artists 1960-1991; the Biennial of Young Mediterranean Artists 1993-1997; a tripartite research and exhibition project entitled “Architecture of Modernism, Secession and Historicism in Rijeka”, realized between 1996 and 2003; the International Drawings Exhibition, organized regularly from 1968 to the present; and, since 2005, the Biennial of the Quadrilateral. Due to its high standards, MMSU has been entrusted with presenting Croatian art and artists at prestigious international art events such as: Venice Biennial 1962, 1997, 2007; Sao Paolo Biennial 1967, 2004; etc. Since 1990, MMSU has also been responsible for presenting Croatian artists at the Biennial of Young Mediterranean Artists. MMSU is also a permanent partner site for residential exchange programs such as EERE, NIFCA and PS1, exercising a key position in disseminating information about contemporary Croatian art on an international level.

MMSU collection encompasses over 5,000 works, covering periods from the end of the 19th century to the present day. These should be housed in the new Museum. An inspired interpretation of tradition in modernity, fused with the vibrant reality of contemporary art production, will create a dynamic display for the collection that is bound to drive the public to understand and love the art of today.

Mission: the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka will creatively approach the tradition of modernity and the vivid reality of contemporary art to generate a dynamic, open, and critical environment in which the general public will gain understanding and affinity for today’s art.

Vision: the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka will create and engage flexible collection presentations together with dynamic and attractive fusions of local, national, and international art, in order to attract the public to its new state-of-the-art building and to become a point of inspiration, exchange of ideas, and active participation.

Values: openness, creativity, dynamism.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Budget: less than €100.000.

Co-productions: We do not have a model but from time to time we are involved in co-production.

Hosting: No hosting model exists, but we do host other programs and events, which I find a very good method of work.

Services: We collaborate with local art organizations, artists, and other institutions in the shape of technical assistance for setting up exhibitions and, mainly, the provision of showrooms.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

International collaboration: This is very important to us, and we look forward to doing it. MMSU is already engaged in two EU projects: X-oP and Europeana.

Municipality: Relations with the municipality are neither bad nor good.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

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