The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


17th Annual Museum Education Action WATER

The Museum of Contemporary Art is the host of this year’s 17th annual museum education action, Water, which was organized by the Section for Museum Education and Cultural Action of the Croatian Museum Association.

Fifty-five museums, galleries and archives from 27 cities and places across Croatia are participating in the action Water: Zagreb, Velika Gorica, Sesvete, Desinić, Klanjec, Krapina, Kumrovec, Karlovac, Sisak, Ozalj, Pazin, Opatija, Pula, Rijeka, Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Sinj, Trilj, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Virovitica, Slavonski Brod, Županja.

How did life begin in water more than a hundred million years ago? How did living sources of water and old wells look? How did Croats save travelers from the sunken Titanic? How did Degas model his bathers? Which of all of the wells was carved by Meštrović, and which fountain by Augustinčić? Who is this basketball player Kolombo? What were water fairies? What did “babinjak,” the famous nudist beach on the Sava River, look like? What kind of sound does water make? What is the meaning of the mysterious words brenta, and what is špina? What are these cisterns and rowboats? Can we write on water and can, as scientists claim, water memorize? The action Water reveals to us all of this and much more.

This year, with the seventeenth annual museum education action, we want to discover what water means to us today. How do we relate to streams, rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, and even the smallest ponds? What did scientists, thinkers, and inventors write and discover about water? How did writers, artists, and musicians experience and present water, and what sort of stories do museums, galleries, archives, and libraries tell us about it?

The action Water is intended above all for primary and secondary school students, but also for all interested visitors eager for knowledge, creativity, and even learning in the informal space of the museum. A rich and varied program of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, theatrical plays, and events in all 55 museums and galleries included in the action, from the from May 2-18, 2012, is printed in a special booklet, designed by Tena Letica, a young designer and illustrator, and presented as a map on which all the museum locations and programs are marked. The programs are also listed on the web page of the host, the Museum of Contemporary Art:

This unique booklet, for the price of 10 kuna, as in previous years, grants young visitors entry to all museums included in the action Water. A number of museums have organized competitions along with the action that encourage creativity in children and longer visits to the exhibition space, and their works will be included in a special exhibition about water.

The Archeological Museum of Zagreb has organized workshops and a field trip to introduce the audience to the Roman thermae Aquae Iasae in Varaždinske Toplice, while Atelier Meštrović and Gliptoteka HAZU are exhibiting sculptures with water motifs. The Ethnographic Museum has prepared photographs of an exciting expedition on the Kupa River in 1923, while in the Croatian State Archives you can discover the destiny of Croatian travelers on the Titanic or you can visit the HT Museum where you will find out about the role of telecommunications in saving passengers from the Titanic. In the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, visitors are given a task to find one special sculpture in the Edgar Degas– sculptures exhibition. Through workshops the Croatian Museum of Naive Art presents a picture book and a multimedia project entitled Without Water There is No Life. The Croatian History Museum will reveal the role of water in Croatian War for Independence. The Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) has prepared the exhibition Written in Water with “water artworks” from the permanent display that introduces the audience to artists from different generations who work in various media. The Richter Collection, a part of MSU Zagreb, experiments with water “on the borderline between possible and impossible” and shows you all the different directions water can take in art.

If you want to do your own research, you can visit the Croatian Museum of Natural History, where a small research center called The Blue Planet was created so that you can discover what makes our planet so unique. The Croatian School Museum asks you to find water hidden in the permanent display of the museum while The National Museum of Modern Art (Moderna galerija) and the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters introduce you to water as a motif, theme and technique. If you want to feel like a fish in water while you’re in a museum, you should visit the Museum of Arts and Crafts, where workshops will teach you how to feel that way. The Zagreb City Museum will present a long-forgotten bathing spot on the Sava River called “babinjak,” and in the Drazen Petrovic Memorial Center you will learn who the “basketball Kolumbo” was. In the Mimara Museum you can rediscover the statue of Apoksiomen, a Greek sculpture found at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea, and in the Technical Museum you will see how water can move machines and how we can travel on water. Did you know that water has its own sound? If you didn’t, the Typhlological Museum (Museum for Blind Persons) will show it to you!

More information about each program can be found on the web site of each museum.

The final program of events accompanying the action Water and marking International Museum Day will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 17:00 to 20:00. We will continue mingling on the south platform in front of MSU until 22:00 on the occasion of this very attractive program.

Project leader and author of programs for the action Water on the occasion of International Museum Day: Nada Beroš, Senior Curator and Head of the Educational Department of MSU.

We would like to thank the many performers, actors, musicians, and collaborators who, with volunteer work and enthusiasm, made the events accompanying the action Water possible. Special thanks to our sponsors for providing gifts for the awards and for refreshment with water and to journalists for the media coverage.

All exhibitions, workshops, theatrical and film presentations on Friday, May 18, 2012 are FREE FOR ALL VISITORS!

The project was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture RH and the City Office for Education, Culture, and Sport, Zagreb. Special thanks to the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sport. A big thank you to the sponsors of the action:

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