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Located outside the old town the Museum of Contemporary Art is a highlight in Zagreb. Its collections are composed by contemporary Croatian and international artists. Together the collection revealed intriguing and high-quality artistic aspirations, including a new or different visual language.
The Museum's collections document the beginnings and the logical evolution of certain artistic tendencies, as well as their direct or indirect impact on the worldwide art production.
The collection are divided in different section.
• Drawings, Graphics, Prints and Art on Paper includes materials since the early 20th century. From the first half of the 20th century, the drawings of Miroslav Kraljević and Milan Steiner, as well as the Expressionist graphic art of Sergij Glumac are particularly noteworthy. The collection also includes some rare avant-garde publications, such as the Dadaist Die Kathedrale by Kurt Schwitters and the uncensored edition of Dada Tank.
• The Film and Video collection comprises work of Croatian and international artists from the 1960s and 1970s.
• The photography collection mainly contains photographs produced after the 1950s. The 1950s and 1960s are represented with photographies of Mladen Grčević, Milan Pavić, Ante and Zvonimir Brkan, and the early experiments of Zvonimir Malus. The investigative and conceptual tendencies of the 1970s are represented by the work of Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Tomislav Gotovac, Petar Dabac, Goran Trbuljak, Marina Abramović, Christian Boltanski, and John Baldessari. In addition, the collection includes the particularly interesting experiments done by Željko Jerman.
• The Sculpture Collection is displayed chronologically and contain artwork from the first half of the 20th century. The collection reveals a certain tendency towards experimentation with respect to the three-dimensional form and the expanding notion of sculpture, which now includes objects, multiples, ready-mades, assemblages, ambiences, and installations.
• The Collection of Paintings contains works by Croatian and international artists, covering a broad span of time since the early 20th century. A minor part of the Collection consists of artworks created before World War II, which are important for an understanding of the 20th-century history of painting in Croatia as well as of some contemporary phenomena. The Collection also includes works of artists that have made a strong impact on painting in the second half of the 20th century, such as the geometrical abstraction of EXAT 51 or the Informel experiments with the painted surface.
Finally the museum contain the Seissel donation, Richter and Benko Horvat collection.