Slides and More at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

When in Zagreb, I stayed an extra night to go to the Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in this new building, which was perhaps not intuitively laid out or well lit in the temporary exhibition spaces, but overall was large and interesting.

Their collection naturally focuses on Croatian artists, and I found their documentation from the Fluxis period–an interest of mine–especially strong. Overall the thematic curation was interrupted by a temporary installation of design pieces of Karim Rashid, complete with big video screen of him talking about his work, which I found distracting and repetitive, seeing as it was on every floor of the permanent collection. There were some outstanding artists from Croatia whose work I really enjoyed getting to see for the first time, including:

Mladen Stilonavic, 1993


1950s photography of Zvonimir Brkan, From Liliput and Fisherman

Milislav Mio Vesovic, Photo-sequence of the action “Zagreb, I love you!”

Zlatko Kopljar, K9 Compassion, 2005 (series of 5 photographs where the artist kneels in front of Parliament buildings)

But then, how can you not like a museum that you exit via Carsten Holler’s permanent double slide installation?


One thought on “Slides and More at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

  1. How cool! They had Holler’s slide exhibit at the New Museum here in NYC last summer but I missed it. Although, I might have been a little nervous to get in that claustrophobic steel tube anyway.

    They design of the museum reminds me of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. I went in 2010. This is the post I wrote about it –

    I love your blog and your accessible approach to art!


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