|About the museum:
The museum (established in 2008) is temporarily housing its exhibition activities on the first floor of the abandoned Old Printing House, which is situated at an attractive waterfront location in Pula. The Austro-Hungarian building of the Old Printing House is a monument to industrial architecture (1862) in itself. The new museum building is scheduled to open in 2020 at the location of Kaštel, in the very historical centre of the city.
The initial holdings of the museum consisted of works by contemporary Istrian artists including K. Paliska, Q. Bassani, E. Kokot, G. Mocceni, J. Diminić, B. Šumonja, R. Pauletta, Đ. Božić, E. Čakić, F. Juričić, and M. Zrinščak.
In the meantime, the museum has expanded its interest on those works of art created from the second half of the 20th century to the present, or more precisely, on the works that are paradigmatic, or have yet to become such; this is important for the development of contemporary art in 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. The holdings contain works by the following artists: M. Šutej, G. Žuvela, D. Sokić, B. Bućan, A. Korkut, N. Ivezić, A. Floričić, B. Cvjetanović, M. Vesović, A. Garbin, T. Brajnović, J. Hadžifejzović, T. Gotovac, D. Jurić, A. Božičević, B. Balić and others. The holdings of the Collection of Design and Posters are also compelling, consisting of some three hundred works by Istrian, Croatian, and foreign designers.
Once a year, during the summer months, the museum presents its new acquisitions to the public.
MSUI/MAC is designed as an umbrella institution for culture and arts, mainly for Istrian artists, but also as a place open to multicultural encounters.