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03 Jul 2011

Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana

Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana (MG+MSUM – Moderna galerija) is a national museum that works in the fields of modern and contemporary art. It was founded in 1947 as a museum of modern art. With Slovenia's independence in 1991, Moderna galerija became the principal national institution of modern and contemporary art and an increasingly active link between the local and the international, in particular Central and Eastern European, contexts.

Since 2011, Moderna galerija has operated on two locations: in the original building of Moderna galerija (MG+) in the centre of Ljubljana and in the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM) located on the renovated premises of former military barracks. As a museum of modern art it systematically explores, collects, and presents the art of Modernism and its traditions. It deals primarily with Slovenian 20th century art from the beginnings of Modernism around 1900, but also with contemporary artists who continue the tradition of Modernist trends.

As a museum of contemporary art it covers contemporary practices in the field of the visual arts. It presents new content in and new ways of expressing, exhibiting and interpreting contemporary art. By regularly purchasing works by Slovene artists, it is building a permanent collection of the 21st century art and adding to the international Arteast Collection 2,000+ by purchasing works by foreign artists.