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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

New address: Krešimirova 26c, Rijeka

untill 1/10/2017: Dolac 1/II, Rijeka

Mali salon
Korzo 24, Rijeka

From October 1st to April 30th:
Tue - Sat: 11 am do 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 1 pm and 5 pm - 8 pm 

From May 1st to September 30th:
Tue - Fri: 12 am - 8 pm
Sat - Sun: 11 am - 2 pm and  6pm - 8 pm


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Educational activity and specialized library at MMCA

For more than a half of century, Rijeka's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has been a place of direct encounter with modern and contemporary artworks. Although the Museum never had a permanent setup, from the very day of its founding a great deal of attention has been paid to the institution's educational function. The Museum organized didactic and educational exhibitions as well as debates, lectures with slides and film projections, discussions with artists, art historians and critics, theoreticians and pedagogues. Since 1982, a museum pedagogue is active within the Museum, with a role of conceiving and realizing educational programmes, expert guidance and permanent work with the audience. Such a museum, opened towards the widest possible audience, places a vital emphasis on its mediating role between a visitor and artworks. To bring about pleasant and friendly environment, to remove "museum fear", to stimulate curiosity and exploration, to experience and to understand artworks - these are the basic aims of educational programmes. During the last two and half decades audience followed all the great exhibitions organized by Museum : Youth Biennial and traditional International Drawing Exhibition, exhibition of Rijekan building inheritance: Modernism, Secession, Historicism; periodic exhibitions of the museum holdings' selection; thematic, monographic and retrospective exhibitions.... In order to satisfy needs of various audience categories, exhibitions have been conceived depending on their theme, while aims and methods have being adapted to the age and fore-knowledge of the target group. Some of the exhibitions, e.g. three exhibitions on Rijekan architecture, have instigated rich and heterogeneous programmes which have engaged audience from preschoolers to the aged people. With numerous guided exhibition tours being a main educational form, series of lectures have been held, thematising the particular segments of building inheritance. The Museum has also been organizing buildings' sightseeing, art workshops and play workshops. Elementary school pupils were provided with work papers (Secession at Korzo street). International Drawing Exhibitions  and Youth Biennial have regularly proven to be stimulating for the art workshops where practical work at particular plastic art technique enables one to get acquainted with a creative process and stimulate his/her independent fine arts expression (Comics Workshops at the occasion of the 14th International Drawing Exhibition; Adults Drawing Workshop, "2000 Drops ... Watercolour " accompanying exhibition of watercolours from the museum holdings; Open Photographic Workshop named "From Darkroom to Digital Photography",....). These museum's educative programmes targeted at primary and secondary school students, presenting new contents that complemented school programmes (e.g. educational unit Museology and Protection of Heritage has been realized in a Museum's restoration workshop), developing visual sensitivity and literacy.... For the students of the art history and art culture at Rijekan Philosophical faculty, museum education provides new perceptual immediateness, analysis, understanding and experience of contemporary art forms and complex art messages. In the future, this will be widened with a continuous insight into history of Croatian modern art based on the permanent setups from the Museum's holdings. Another programme, one of family workshops for preschoolers and their parents points out many an unused educational potential, even in this early phase.

In this period of preparations for MMCA activity within a new building, fresh concepts are being devised, regarding new communication modes and various educational programmes which would transform visitors into active users and the Museum into a readily visited and equally gladly revisited place.

Museum education also proceeds within a museum library. A specialized library was formed immediately after the institution was founded in 1948 under its former name of Fine Arts  Gallery. At first, it was exclusively serving professional and research work of the employed curators. Gradually the library transformed and widened its tasks, together with a circle of users. Library holdings has grown in numbers and content, parallel to growingly active gallery and museum activity at the national and international level. Modest finances enabled purchase of books and magazines primarily from a field of modern and contemporary art, without neglecting general and national art history, art theory, museology... MMCA's contacts with other galleries and museums in country and abroad lead to development of  long-standing continued publications exchange. In this manner, over the years a rich and heterogeneous library materials were collected and numerous museum libraries in country and abroad came to include Rijeka's Museum publications into their holdings. More than 20.000 exhibition and collection catalogues from many world's and almost all the in-land galleries and museums now form specific content of the library holdings. Comprehensive press clipping collection kept growing over the years. Its thematic and chronological classifications present precious documentary evidence on art life of the city and region during the last 50 years. Audio-visual documents of the Museum activity, deposited on video tapes as well as CDs, are the integral part of library holdings.

Its specific materials render today's MMCA library  a precious "data bank" opened towards collaboration with other museum-gallery institutions, libraries, mass media and individual external users.

Unfortunately, actual restraining spatial and technical conditions disable using all of the library potentials pertaining to documental-informational and educational centre, unique within wider region. Realizing these potentials as integral segment of mission by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is a basic task when projecting its activities within a future new edifice.
Milica Đilas
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