MSU was founded in 1954 with the aim of following, documenting and promoting events, styles and phenomena in contemporary art. The new building enabled large, high-technology equipped premises to show the permanent exhibition of contemporary art to Croatian and international public for the very first time. In constant interchange of exhibitions and other programs and by applying new technologies and innovative approaches in the presentation of art, the Museum policy tries to recognize the unforeseeable character of contemporary art and convey it to the broadest public. We would like to stress the advantage of our media facades which act as complementary part of museum exhibition spaces. In the first presentation of our collection, permanent display entitled Collection in Motion, we tried to find innovative way of representing diverse trends in contemporary art.
Darko Fritz / Museum for Contemporary Art Zagreb – Curator
Darko Fritz is artist and independent curator. He studied architecture in Zagreb and fine art at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
His research on histories of international media art resulted in several publications and exhibitions that went public since 2000, when he curated the first retrospective exhibition of historic international digital art, "I am Still Alive" (early computer-generated art and recent low-tech and internet art) in Zagreb. He has curated "CLUB.NL - contemporary art and art networks from the Netherlands", Dubrovnik, 2000; "Bit International - Computers and Visual Research, [New] Tendencies, Zagreb 1961—1973", Neue Galerie, Graz, 2007 and ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008 and co-edited with M. Gattin, M. Rosen and P. Weibel related catalogue/book "A Little-Known Story about a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer’s Arrival in Art: New Tendencies and Bit International, 1961-1973", ZKM, Karlsruhe / MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2011; Reconstruction: private=public=private=public=, Belgrade, 2009 and "Angles and Intersections" (co-curated with Nina Czegledy, Ellena Rosi and Peter Dobrila, artisitc director Christiane Paul), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2009.
2002, he published "A Brief Overview of Media Art in Croatia (Since the 1960s)" and edited related database at the portal Culturenet. In 2010 he start the research "The beginning of digital arts in the Netherlands (1955 - 1980)", awarded by grants by Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.
Fritz is founder and programmer of the grey) (area – space for contemporary and media art since 2006.