MSU – Muzej suvremene umjetnosti is a newly built museum, after years of putting effort into securing an adequate space for vast art collections dating from the beginning of the 20th century.
The architect of the Museum, Igor Franić, respected the tradition of functionalist architecture and designed a building which continues the orientation of the Green Horseshoe – a series of interconnected parks situated in the city center designed by famous architect Milan Lenuci.
Except, MSU is situated in the area called Novi Zagreb, right across the river Sava. A five-story museum looks like a meander and its presence is best seen at night when it is lit up with attractive light shows.
On the ground floor you can find a museum shop, children’s workshop, library with a reading hall, a minor exhibition space, restaurant, and a multimedia hall, where arthouse cinema Metropolis takes place. The exhibition rooms are located on the upper floors of the Museum.
My typical Museum day consists of a coffee and croissant breakfast at the Museum café, after which I take a walk through the Museum’s collections. Interesting to explore is also the studio of the artist Ivan Kožarić, integrated between the permanent collection and occasional exhibitions.
There’s always something exciting to be found related to Croatian and ex-Yugoslavian rich cultural heritage – every time I visit the Museum I’m surprised to notice something I missed last time, which makes me eager to visit MSU more often.
Tip: every first Wednesday of the month the entrance is free.