If you read Karla’s article about the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), you already know that it’s a must-see on the art map of Zagreb. If you’re into art, especially modern and contemporary, there’s one more ‘must’ to check out: People and Art House Lauba. While the MSU is a state-sponsored museum, the Lauba House is a private collection of businessman Tomislav Kličko, which he decided to share with the public in a renovated piece of gorgeous industrial architecture.
Since I started with comparisons to the MSU, let me throw in another one to help you understand what Lauba has to offer: the MSU is a collection of Croatian modern and contemporary art dating from the 50s to the present day, but concentrating on the golden classics of our national art. That can also be said about Lauba, but the most prominent exhibits here are contemporary pieces signed by young hip artists; a lot of them date only a few years back. If you want to experience the present state of Croatia’s art scene, that’s the place to go.
One more thing worth mentioning: the Lauba House has great opening hours! Most museums in Zagreb are open only until 19:00, which is a bit inconvenient if you work 09:00 – 17:00; Lauba is open from 14:00 to 22:00, so there’s absolutely no excuse for avoiding this fantastic spot.