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Museum of Contemporary Art
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…udes pieces from the 1920s and gathered since 1954 when Zagreb‘s original MCA (in Upper Town) was founded. Of particular note are Carsten Höller’s slides, similar to the ‘Test Site’ installation he built for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall but custom-made and site specific for Zagreb – pieces of art patrons can ride to the parking lot. Croatia’s outstanding 1950s generation of abstract-geometric artists (Ivan Picelj…

11am-6pm Tue-Fri & Sun; 11am-8pm Sat
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Places: Museum of Street Art

One of the first things that any visitor to Zagreb will notice is the open-air gallery of graffiti and comic-strip art that stretches along Branimirova ulica, the street that links the main bus and train stations. It is a site that has long been associated with public art; first painted in 1987 to mark the World Student Games. The wall received a further facelift in May 2010, when The Museum of Street Art (Muzej ulične umjetnosti or MUU) divided…

Mixing it up

Performance art, contemporary dance and edgy theatre have always played a crucial role in Croatia’s cultural scene. However it’s in the boundary- bending area between the main branches of the performing arts that much of the creativity seems to be taking place. Groups such as Montažstroj, BADco and the House of Extreme Musical Theatre take a multi- disciplinary, multi-media approach to their shows, winning local approval as well as increasing in…

Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria

…ion, the MSUI doesn’t yet have a permanent collection on display but it does mount superb exhibitions by current artists in the cavernous, crumbling halls of an old printing house, mid-way between the amphitheatre and the Old Town. Be sure to ask about the bizarre, cocoon-like sellotape installation on the building’s top floor, designed by Zagreb-based Numen/For Use in September 2010 and left in situ – it’s not always open to visitors but can be…

Summer 11am-2pm & 5-9pm Tue-Sun; Winter 11am-7pm Tue-Sun
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Art goes democratic

One of the most eagerly anticipated cultural events of 2011 was the opening of the Lauba People and Art House, the first major private art collection to go public since the Mimara Museum opened its doors in 1987. The enigmatic, black-sheathed building is also a landmark in urban regeneration, occupying a stylishly-restored former factory in Črnomerec – a suburb noted for its rich stock of post-industrial architectural relics. Lauba is very much…

Device squad

…ld – art-troupe Maywa Denki’s Knockman, a musical toy that beats its own head, has subsequently become something of a mascot for the Device Art project. Kontejner-curated shows have a habit of confronting audiences with the kind of unusual, offbeat and in-your-face art they wouldn’t normally see in gallery-land, and they pull in a relatively big public as a result. Contemporary art as circus it may be, but it will still give you plenty to ponder…

Art as activism

…story – ‘a mad, Eastern European incarnation of Mexico’s Day of the Dead’ according to Richard Unwin of ‘Frieze’ magazine. Stilinović’s reputation outside Croatia has been growing steadily over the last few years, with one-man shows in Istanbul in 2007, Eindhoven in 2008, and Budapest’s Ludwig Museum in 2011. A retrospective exhibition on home turf is something that has been a long time coming. Museum of Contemporary Art/w…

Splits in Zagreb

…parting of the ways rather than the deeply meaningful melding of spirits that you initially intended. The trauma of mid-journey meltdown is just one of the themes dealt with by the Museum of Broken Relationships, an idiosyncratic and enlightening journey through human emotions that has become Zagreb’s most compelling attraction since opening to the public in October 2010. The museum is the brainchild of artist Dražen Grubišić and festival produce…

MUU (Museum of Street Art)
Critics choice

Far from being a single destination, Zagreb’s Museum of Street Art ( Muzej   ulične   umjetnosti  or MUU) is a  scattered collection of  murals in various locations around the city.  The ‘museum’  was inaugurated in  2010 , when the wall running along the south side of   Branimirova   ulica  (the street connecting the bus and train stations) was freshly painted with works by the city’s best street and graffiti artists, along with a handful of na…

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Venues for print

…rius.komiza) Email mbizaca@yahoo.com, Open July, Aug 24hrs daily. No credit cards. Archaelogical Museum of Istria Carrarina 3, (052 351 300/www.ami-pula.hr/) Email darko.komso@ami-pula.hr, Open Summer 9am-8pm Mon-Sat; 10am-3pm Sun. Winter 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. No credit cards. Archaeological museum Zrinjevac 19, (01 48 73 101/www.amz.hr) Email amz@amz.hr, Open 10am-6pm Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat; 10am-8pm Thur; 1…

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Places: Dubrovnik Art Gallery

…anvases defined Croatian art at the turn of the 20th Century. The gallery also possesses a representative sample of works by the so-called Dubrovnik Colourists – Ivo Dulčić (1916-1975), Antun Masle (1919-1967) and Đuro Pulitika (1922-2006) – a trio who ploughed a unique furrow of Adriatic neo-expressionism. The colourists are honoured with their own separate museum (also run by the Dubrovnik Art Gallery), which occupies a stone house in Dub…

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Croatian Museum of Naive Art

Housed on the second floor of the 18th-century Raffay Palace, this collection is a solid introduction to Croatian Naive Art, mostly the work of self-taught peasant painters from the villages of the east. The collection is frequently rotated but there are usually plenty of representations of rural life executed by the big names of the genre: Ivan Generalić, Mirko Virius and Ivan Rabuzin. Also included are international primitives such as the self…

10am-6pm Tue-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat, Sun
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