From the Governor’s Palace, where we started as the Fine Arts Gallery in 1949, to Dolac, where we moved to in 1956, first as the Modern Gallery, and later as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, to H Building of former factory Rikard Benčić, which is opening on September 22, 2017.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts moves into the new space, which is being reconstructed according to the design of architect Dinko Peračić. Although under reconstruction, the building offers conditions for the Museum to begin with is social and cultural activities. The architectural guidelines have already been set and the Museum will be developing in phases, in accordance with needs and available finances. The museum space and the program will be growing together. The architectural design has laid a foundation for each new spatial intervention to gradually adapt to the future complex.
The Museum’s program is going to develop in numerous directions, covering different fields of work. Close involvement and the development of participatory projects with the program users is the guiding principle of the Museum’s activity.
The aim of the program, among else, is to eliminate the prejudice and discomfort in the perception of contemporary art. With its activities, the MMSU is introducing modern and contemporary art to Rijeka’s life, encouraging art production as well as critical discourses on art, culture, society and politics, and creating space for discussion, reaction, development and active engagement in contemporary culture and art.
The Museum’s final exhibition held in Dolac is Works 1981 – 2017 by Zdravko Milić, where we will say goodbye to the space we have occupied for more than 60 years, and the first exhibition staged in the new spaces of the Benčić factory is Tomislav Gotovac Retrospective, Crisis Anticipator – Don’t Ask Where We’re Going.
The MMSU team – Stošija Baljak Gržančić, Vilma Bartolić, Milica Đilas, Kora Girin, Tatjana Jelovica, Ivo Matulić, Tamara Medač Medija, Verica Mitrović, Ksenija Orelj, Vanja Pužar, Sabina Salamon, Anton Samaržija, Snježana Sinčić, Nataša Šuković, Marina Tkalčić, Slaven Tolj and Diana Zrilić – invites you to turn the new page in the museum’s history.