Exhibition history


Malčić Goes to MSU

06.04.2023. - 03.05.2023. / MSU, 1. kat povremenih izložbi


A selection of paintings from Ivica Malčić’s new cycles is a result of his ongoing activity and painterly transformation of daily life. It is also part of Malčić’s long-time artistic concept – his attempt to make at least a hundred new paintings every year. 


Jasmina Cibic: The dreams we call our own

04.04.2023. - 07.05.2023. / MSU, Black Box


Jasmina Cibic’s artistic practice spans across film, performance and installation and rigorously interrogates the aesthetics of politics. Her works are situated within architectural settings of national pride and power, from state assemblies to cultural monuments, and draw on historical events and individuals that determine shared conceptions of identity. She continuously examines artistic production in terms of its relationship to propaganda and ideology. Through this she identifies the ways in which culture is instrumentalised and who it is intended to serve. In her recent projects, Cibic has been investigating political gifting of cultural objects, artworks and architectures that personified hope and solidarity during the plight of self-determination of nations and emerging political identities.  


MAJA SMREKAR, JONAS JØRGENSEN !brute_force: Soft Resilience

04.04.2023. - 30.04.2023. / MSU, 1. kat povremenih izložbi


*Opening hours of the exhibition are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

!brute_force is an ongoing research platform interrogating forms of governance instituted by AI through structured models of reality. Established in 2019 by Maja Smrekar, the project stemmed from the premise that humans and nonhumans are no longer embedded in a dualist frame, but levelled within the global infrastructure of the market economy and the techno-capitalist commodification of life.  


A Walk with Tošo

29.03.2023. - 30.09.2023. / Zagreb


Small black and white photos were placed at 12 different locations in Zagreb as part of the project – A Walk with Tošo. They are an invitation to explore both the collection of Zagreb's great photographer and the city.


Sandra Sterle: Figments of Time / Prividi vremena

21.02.2023. - 26.03.2023. / MSU, Black Box


Sandra Sterle is working with the processes of performing and multimedia installations based on experimental film structure. Figments of Time is focused on her ongoing practice of biographical research, archiving and self-archiving in linear and non linear forms of relating to documentation and memory.  Her discourse revolving around her relationship with her grandfather formulates a non-linear film-structure with installation units that can be seen as separate entities or fragments that are assembled together to form a single unit. A possible layer of her long term project and current exhibition is an attempt  to read her own art practice through her granfather’s biography. (From the text of Olivia Nițiș)


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. - 16.04.2023. / 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.