From Individual Projections to Collective Memory - Darko Bavoljak and Igor Grubić to Marijan Crtalić

10.01.2023. - 12.02.2023. / MSU, Black Box


The exhibition is conceived as an intimate, artistic and curatorial homage to the activity of the prematurely deceased multimedia artist Marijan Crtalić (1968 - 2020). His artistically articulated activism continuously reflected the socio-political narratives of his hometown of Sisak. When we get the opportunity to see Marijan Crtalić’s work today, we understand that this work represents an indispensable and quite concrete contribution to the valorisation and re-actualisation of the legacy of Socialism, in the direction of active negotiations with the present, but also as the foundation for any critical deliberation on the future.


SintArt 15 - Mario Mu: The Sun, the Mast, or Gravity

21.12.2022. - 26.02.2023. / Zbirka Richter


Opening: 21/12 at 7 pm

"Looking at the course of a river from an airplane, I was often intrigued by the drawing the river made in the ground it flowed through. Some parts were so artistic that you only had to frame and sign them. That, of course, would be pure theft, because the image is created by the river, the ground, and gravity. The author is nature."
(V. Richter, Gravitational Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2001)



Nam June Paik - In the Groove

13.12.2022. - 28.02.2023. / MSU, 2. kat


The exhibition Nam June Paik - In the Groove features the delightful early experimental art practice of this clever and playful pioneer of media art. Akin to a TV signal or internet impulse, his groundbreaking multimedia work reverberated globally throughout the art world.

Signals, parallels and reflections in the „groove“ of Nam June Paik can be found in Croatian and regional artworks which resonate and crossover many of Paik’s most prominent postulations.


Body and Territory: Art and Borders in Today's Austria

07.12.2022. - 26.03.2023. / MSU, 3. kat


The exhibition Body and Territory: Art and Borders in Today's Austria departsfrom two dominant tendencies that mark contemporary art in Austria. It focuses on the tradition of radical performance and feminist legacy while giving a voice to those who are silenced—women, queer individuals, immigrants, refugees and migrants. Thirty artists and art collectives in more than seventy  works demonstrate how the vulnerability, that emerged in Austrian art as a dominant topic in the early 20th century. by the late 1960s, became the main medium of radical forms of political resistance.


Sean Scully: The Passenger – A Retrospective exhibition

16.11.2022. - 12.03.2023. / MSU, 1. i 2. kat povremenih izložbi


On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb will open the large retrospective exhibition Passenger of the American abstract painter Sean Scully, one of the leading and exceptionally successful artists of his generation. The author of the exhibition is Dávid Fehér, director of the Central European Research Institute for Art History and curator of 20th-century contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, while Jasna Jakšić, Ivana Kancir, and Ana Škegro have curated the Zagreb exhibition. The retrospective presents sixty-four of Scully’s seminal artworks – canvases, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures – as an extremely valuable cross-section of the painter’s work over the past 50 years. It will be open until March 12, 2023, during which time a diverse educational programme will be organized for children, youth, adults, and persons with visual and hearing impairments, as well as different, thematically oriented guided tours. The accompanying programme will begin with Scully’s lecture on November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in MSU’s Gorgona Hall.


Comradeship / Collection as a Verb

07.07.2022. - 31.12.2023. / MSU, 1. kat


'Comradeship' exhibition is the second in a series called Collection as a Verb, which we are doing as a team, to redefine the concept of a museum and the social context in which it is located. After the the first exhibition – 'Sad Songs of War', about war and violence, 'Comradeship' opens up the themes of solidarity and compassion, the role of art and museums in improving the world. The word 'camaraderie' has the same root as society, and comrades are connected by affection, cooperation, connection with an idea or work.

That's why 'Comradeship' presents works from the collections of Museum's art collectives, as well as works by artists realized in cooperation with various communities. Ranging from today's canonized neo-avant-garde to recent participatory research, 24 artists and art collectives show the innovative ways in which they can contribute to change, and even improvement, both for individuals and communities. 


Sad Songs of War / Collection as a Verb

05.04.2022. - 31.12.2023. / MSU, 1. kat


The first sequence of presenting works from the fundus of the Museum is conceived as an answer to the current situation. It is a desire to express solidarity and empathy with the country undergoing a tragedy similar to that which is still fresh in our memory. The exhibition was named after the sound work by the Lithuanian artist, Deimantas Narkevičius, produced in 2014 in the period of the first protests, unrests, and plights in The Ukraine, on the Independence Square in Kyiv.