Rijeka Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art

Art, Contemporary art Rijeka
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Founded in 1948, Rijeka’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Muzej modern i suvremene umjetnosti or MMSU) has long enjoyed a reputation for holding some of the most exciting contemporary art exhibitions in the country. It is also the host of the Biennial of the Quadrilateral, a contemporary art show featuring artists from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Hungary – a quartet of countries that has had a profound effect on the history of Rijeka. Works from the museum’s large permanent collection are rarely seen save during occasional themed exhibitions – the museum’s current home, in the same building as the Rijeka municipal library, is too limited to host more than the (albeit excellent) temporary exhibitions. The MMSU has been promised a new home in the Rikard Benčić palace, built to serve as the HQ of a sugar refinery in 1752 and currently awaiting long-discussed restoration. The completion date lies some way in the future, although the project will help to confirm the MMSU’s status as an increasingly major player in the Central-European art scene. Over the past few years the MMSU has been run by a string of directors who have also been big-hitting curators – a trend that seems set to continue with the arrival of new chief Slaven Tolj (former head of the Lazareti Art Workshop in Dubrovnik).

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Venue name: Rijeka Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
Contact:
Address: Dolac 1
Rijeka
51000
Opening hours: May-Sept 10am-1pm, 6-9pm Tue-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat. Oct-Apr 10am-1pm, 5-8pm Tue-Fri; 10am-1pm Sat
Price: Admission 10kn; temp exhibitions vary

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