Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU), founded in 1948 as a Gallery of Fine Art, opened its door to visitors in the Governor Palace, then the City House of Culture. In 1956, it moved to the second floor of the University Library in Dolac Street, where it remained until 2017 when it again moves to a brand new building of ex-industrial complex Benčić. Apart from that premises, the Museum also manages mali salon Gallery at the Rijeka main street Korzo.

As a Gallery of Fine Arts and under the names that followed (Modern Gallery, Modern Gallery of Rijeka – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), the museum has built the reputation of one of the most important and most prestigious visual arts institutions in Croatia. Due to the high quality of work, MMCA has been entrusted with the presentation of Croatian art and artists at prestigious international events such as the Venice Biennale (1997, Dalibor Martinis, 2007 Ivana Franke), the Biennial of Sao Paulo (2004 Zlatko Kopljar), 12th Venetian Biennale – International Architecture Exhibition 2010.

It was also entrusted with the organization of the Rijeka Salon (1954 – 1963), the presentation of Croatia at the Biennial of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean (1993-1997), the Biennial of Young Artists of Yugoslavia (1960-1991), International Drawing Exhibition (1968 – 2013) and other projects.

The Museum participated in numerous international projects such as Culture of dopolavoro – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (European Social Fund, 2018-2020), Youth Council Benčić, Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, Culture Program (2007-2013) and Creative Europe (2014-2020), X-OP Exchange of Art Operators and Producers, Soft Control, Password Printmaking, Risk Change, Anthology of Smuggling, Digitizing Contemporary Art (DCA) … It is a partner of many international institutions and artists.