The Museum of Arts and Crafts (Croatian: Muzej za umjetnost i obrt) in Zagreb, Croatia, was established in 1880, by the initiative of the Arts Society and its former President Izidor Kršnjavi. Drawing on the theoretical precepts of England's Arts and Crafts movement and the intellectual postulates of Gottfried Semper, the museum was devised with the aim of creating a collection of models for master craftsmen and artist to reinvigorate the production of everyday use items. The strategy of the museum's activity was focused on presevation of traditional crafts, as well as creation of a new middle class aesthetic culture. Therefore, in 1882 the Crafts School (today Applied Art and Design School) was founded along the museum. The building, constructed in 1888 by Hermann Bollé, is one of the first purpose-built edifices devised to merge the functions of the museum and the school. Stylistically, the building is a grand historicist palace in the spirit of the German Renaissance.
The initial holdings had been founded several years before the Museum was formally assembled. The first permanent display in its unsuitable premises opened in Gajeva Street 26, while the complete permanent display was first seen in its own venue in 1909. The current permanent display, open in 1995 according to the ideas of the former director Vladimir Maleković, and the spatial articulation of architect Marijan Hržić, includes chosen objects from all museum collections. The permanent exhibition extends over three floors at more than 2,000 m2 of museum space and includes about 3,000 exhibits. The displayed objects illustrate the shift of stylistic periods from Gothic to Art Deco.
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 2:00 PM|
Josip Golubic | Mar 25, 2018
Very nice museum with great shows. Only architecture of the museum is very nice. Standard show is full of art deco chairs, otomans, fashion, etc. Most interesting part is when you enter a room full of various clocks. From pocket size to full standing wall size. At the moment where all of them start to make some noise is great.
Alex Gray | Jun 22, 2018
Much more interesting than we had expected. The Zagreb in the 1960s exhibition was superb, but only on until Sept 2018 I think.
S T | Mar 24, 2018
It's like visiting an antique shop - here's why: Nice and varied objects collection BUT, that's all. The descriptive labels are only in Croatian and you have to get a separate card with the descriptions in English in every room. These labels say practically nothing, basically only stating the name of the object (ex: wooden table, mechanical clock - 18th century etc.). Nothing is related to the people, the place the item was found in or anything else. As I said, it's like visiting an antique shop. Nothing more.
Urška Purg | May 2, 2018
Wanted to see the newest exhibition about the sixties. It's a nice combination of art exhibition with some nostalgic objects of that time, joint with dresses of the certain periods within.
Pasko Lapic | May 15, 2018
The best place in town for coffe, drinks, food or just about anything Educated and amusing staff Wonderfull ambient and a beautifull terace
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