The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections and working methods in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting the various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary art museum are changing: its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions ans educational programs based on participatory approach, intended for both, the audience and the staff.

24 April 2016 10H00 - 15 May 2016 19H00

didactic exhibition
Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb - MSU


MSU 20/4 — 15/5 2016

This historical, pioneering educational project, created in 1957 by the former City Gallery of Contemporary Art, and conceived as a travelling exhibition, aimed at educating the public about contemporary and abstract art. On ninety-two panels featuring photographs and reproductions from books and magazines, the Didactic Exhibition told the story of the emergence of abstract art, from Paul Cezanne to 1957.
The concept itself stepped beyond the format of museum education. The motivation behind it was an exhibition of prints by members of the Parisian Espace Group, Edgard Pillet, Victor Vasarely and André Bloc, proposed by the art critic Josip Depolo. Ivan Picelj, Radoslav Putar, Tihana RavliÊ, Vjenceslav Richter, Neven ©egviÊ and, on behalf of the Gallery of Contemporary Art, Vesna BarbiÊ and Edo KovaËeviÊ, selected the reproductions, exhibition set-up, and caption translations. Ivan Picelj created the exhibition poster, invitation and catalogue, and in his archive today, texts and photographs used to prepare the panels can be seen. On the other hand, according to the minutes of meetings of the Gallery’s expert council, Vjenceslav Richter was entrusted with the task of making the panels. Sadly, there is no evidence in his archive to support this claim.