Museum of Contemporary Art

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At this conference, the Museum of Contemporary Art is represented by Tihomir Milovac, Museum Advisor and Head of the Experimental and Research Department.

Avenija Dubrovnik 17, Zagreb, Croatia
Contact: Tihomir Milovac

visual arts centre / gallery / museum
public institution (governed by public law), established in 1954 by the Zagreb City Assembly

The mission of the Museum is to collect, conserve, and research, present, and mediate contemporary visual art. The Museum’s aim is to work as a multi-program institution primarily as a proactive laboratory of social development (B. Holmes). In this way, the presentation of the Museum collection, temporary exhibitions, art performances, theatre, dance, and music performances, lectures, seminars, workshops, a residency program, and education programs are all an integral part of a multi-program institution.

Museum of Contemporary Art - building

Decision-making: Under the Museum statute, the Museum is governed by the Governing Board. The Director is responsible for managing process, financial and program activities. A board of museum professionals, as a Board of Experts, advise the director on the program and other professional activities.

Organizational openness: As an important aspect of its policy, the Museum supports collaboration with other similar institutions or nongovernmental organizations and with artists, independent curators or other professionals within the fields of its interest.

Venue/s / resources:
After many years of effort invested in moving the Museum to a more adequate space, since 2009. the Museum has had a new building set in Novi Zagreb. 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 covers a total surface of 14500 m2, 4800 m2 of which is used as exhibition space. Its north façade, oriented towards the city park and Bundek Lake, is intended for open-air exhibitions. The partitioned geometrical volume of the five-story building, characterized by a shifting cross-section reminiscent of a meander, is meant to become a recognizable symbol of the city in years to come.

The ground floor is entirely intended for visitors – it contains the museum shop, a children’s workshop, a library with reading room, a minor exhibition space, restaurant, and a multimedia hall (Gorgona). 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 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.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Gorgona hall

Budget: more than €500,000.

Co-productions: The Museum puts on collaborative exhibitions with other museums, sharing organizational and financial obligations. It participates in co-productions using the greater technical facilities and space capacity in its new building.

Hosting: When hosting, the Museum makes an Agreement of Collaboration the regulates both sides’ duties and obligations.

Services: The Museum has a TV studio, video editing studio, and photo studio where artists can work. The Museum provides a theater and cinema auditorium.

International collaboration: The Museum has operated as an international institution since its establishment and international collaboration is an integral part of all its activities.

Participation: The Museum has a permanent education program for children, adults, and the third-age generation, including activities such as workshops, lectures, guided tours, and artist talks. It also has a volunteering program for all kinds of assistance and participatory activities.

Museum of Contemporary Art - concert

Neighborhood: The Museum has held workshops and several art projects with residents of Novi Zagreb.

Municipality: Although it is our founder and owner, Zagreb city council does not take proper care of the building. While it is a duty of the city council to cover most of the Museum building’s maintenance costs, the council does not properly fulfil this. All the income earned by Museum activities is spent on maintaining the building, electricity, heating, cooling, and so on.

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