Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria in Pula was founded by Istria County and registered in 2008. At present the museum does not have its own museum building and all the exhibitions are organized at the Old Printing House, Sv.Ivana 1, premises that were ceded to the MSUI by the City of Pula in 2011 for a 10-year period.
As a public institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria is dedicated to museum and gallery activities, systematic collecting, conserving, exhibiting, documenting and processing museum artifacts, as well as presenting contemporary visual arts through works of art created from the mid 20th century until today.
The initial holdings of the museum that consisted of 87 works by contemporary Istrian artists have grown to over 600 inventory items through purchase and donations, determined by a professional committee. The works involved are paradigmatic or have yet to become such, significant for the development of contemporary art of Istria, Croatia and this part of Europe. So far, four collections have been formed: the Collection of Contemporary Art, the Collection of International Art, the Collection of Design and Posters and the Collection of Photographs, Film and Video.
MSUI is not a closed regional type museum, but a place open to multicultural encounters, which is best proven by continuous exhibitions of artists from all corners of the world.
Museum's special feature
The Old Printing House is situated in the heart of the historic core. It was originally an Austro-Hungarian barracks from the 19th century and former industrial facility, which today has been personalized through dynamic exhibition activities, but also ambitious and careful architectural redesigning, respecting heritage in order to transform it into a representative palace of contemporary visual arts, for which the preliminary design of repairs, reconstruction and additional construction, within the context of the County and City project KultuRing, has already been completed.