Performing the Museum

Performing the museum is an initiative of four different museums that aims to generate new thinking and open new practical possibilities on the future of such institutions. The initiative is built on different resources of each institution that collaborates on the project and based on different practices, some set on tradition and the already established working methods and others seeking a different methodology, resulting in experimental practices.

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 to various types of audiences and social concerns. The traditional roles of the contemporary 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 and educational programmes based on the participatory approach, intended for both the audience and the staff. Creation of knowledge, based on the non-hegemonic, emancipatory principle is one of the strategic orientations of all the participating museums.

Each museum seeks to establish an active dialogue with the audience through a series of presentations, productions, educational workshops and through the presentation of artistic research to the public. The intention is, both for institution employees as well as for users and the wider public, to raise awareness on institutional resources that fall outside the usual framework of museum collections, permanent collections and museum exhibitions and draw attention to museum documentation, architecture and exhibition conditions, to the context of the procurement of art and of its creation, to institutional written and unwritten history, to employees and associates, and, ultimately, to the audience itself.


Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb
Av. Dubrovnik 17
10000 Zagreb
T. 00385 1 60 52 700

Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti
Glavni trg 24
2380 Slovenj Gradec
T. 02 88 41 283

Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine
Dunavska 37
21000 Novi Sad
T. 00381 21 526 634

Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Aragó 255
08007 Barcelona
T. 0034 934 870 315

MSU - Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb

MSU Zagreb was founded in 1954 with the task of collecting, researching, documenting, and exhibiting modern and contemporary art. The MSU collection comprises around 16,000 artworks by Croatian and international authors. The new museum building opened in 2009 (14,500 square meters), enabling large, high-technology equipped premises to host the permanent display entitled Collection in Motion, representing diverse trends in contemporary visual art. The museum venues enable a constant interchange of thematic and monographic exhibitions of Croatian and international artists. Applying new technologies and innovative approaches in the presentation of art, the Museum policy tries to recognise the unforeseeable character of contemporary art and to convey it to the broadest public. MSU functions as a documentary, research and education centre. It prepares diverse educational programmes for the public of all ages, as well as lectures, seminars and workshops.

MSU Zagreb will, as a lead partner, coordinate the project, be responsible for visual identity of the project and general promotion concept. Museum will produce Audience survey work, and share activities as Performative experimental exhibition, Educational interactive portal, Curatorial residency and Reader with other partners. It will invite artists to produce works within MSU and artist selected from partner institution, and it will disseminate information about the project to the national and international museum network.

KGLU - Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti

Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti (KGLU) is a regional museum for contemporary art. Established as public institution by Koroška regional municipalities it promotes fine arts programmes in the region, implements national public service for protection of fine arts heritage of the region, and with special activities links with institutions in neighboring Austria and other institutions internationally. The concept of KGLU is continuously dedicated to lively exhibition programme on the regional, national and international level, with special emphasis on presenting engaged visual arts practices, recognizable through different successful projects carried out in the past decades. It links with local tradition of Slovenj Gradec as Peace Messenger City of United Nations. KGLU is building profiled international permanent art collection and at the same time as a member of different European institutional net-works encourages contcontemporary visual art production and inter-media projects home.

Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti (KGLU) is the owner of the comprehensive archive of international exhibitions from the 60’s and 70’s organized under the patronage of United Nations Organisation focusing on the topic of peace and humanism. This utopic ideas are considered also as a staring point to think about the present and the role of art in contemporary society based on the practice of the past. The archive will be opened to our partners, curators and interpreters to research and work on it. KGLU will join common project activities, our curators will travel, gaining new professional experience and sharing their own with partners museums. In cooperation with Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb we will develop interactive educational platform that is transferable to all project partners.


MSUV - Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine

Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad (1966) carries out various activities in different areas of contemporary art and is starting to take the role of a regional leader in this field, with an important place in current developments and movements in contemporary art in the region, as well as in international art cooperation and exchange. The main activities of the Museum include collection, preservation, study, and exhibitions, primarily of modern and contemporary artwork in Vojvodina. Since its establishment, in function and scope of activity, the Museum has been the only institution of its kind in Vojvodina. Its current holdings contain collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, conceptual art, as well as new and expanded media works made in Vojvodina from the second half of the 20th century. The Museum is actively involved in research and presentation of historical and current art production in Vojvodina, Serbia, and Region, but also in the wider international scene.

Within the project the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina will focus on redefining and developing a new perspective on museum collections and archives, in particular on those “untypical” artifacts that cannot be perceived within the traditional museum practices. These are mostly artifacts that are presenting actions of conceptual artists by the beginning of 1970s, processual works, temporary and ephemeral works, actions, interventions and installations in urban spaces, performances, paratheatre, interactive, net, web and digital works, etc. The activities include performative experimental exhibition, curatorial residencies program, reader.


Fundació Antoni Tàpies

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. To that end, the Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house, the work of the Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Fundació Antoni Tàpies takes a plural, interdisciplinary approach and aims to set up cooperative ventures with experts in different fields of learning to contribute to a better understanding of contemporary art and culture. It combines the organisation of temporary exhibitions, symposia, lectures and film seasons with a range of publications to go with the activities and periodic shows of Antoni Tàpies’ work. The Fundació owns one of the most complete collections of Tàpies’ work, mostly made up of donations by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies.

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies will share in this project their experience in the Archive as a tool to produce collective knowledge around the new paradigms emerging from the museum itself at a moment of rethinking its social role. Some research projects from the archive and some collaborative projects on the possibilities of its utilization has been carried on till now in the frame of the project Open Source Prototypes and Arts Combinatòries. The Fundació will develop for the project an archive platform on the web to preserve and disseminate all the relevant documents and material, as well as its educational resources, of the project in order to facilitate research and experimentation into contemporary art, collaborative and experimental practices and methodologies into the museums. The platform will allow the digital archive to relate to its visitors and to share, disseminate and update the contents that the projects will generate through all its activities, reflections and research.


With the support of:

This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Creative Europe - Culture Sub-programme (2014-2020) – ’Support to European cooperation projects – Smaller scale cooperation projects’ – Call for proposals EAC/S16/2013 – Budget 2014 – Results of the selection procedure

N°: 552446-CREA-1-2014-1-HR-CULT-COOP1. Performing the