The Building of the Museum of Contemporary Art is situated in New Belgrade, on the left bank of the Sava River, across the Belgrade Fortress.
Its unique concept of the interior design and, on the other hand, its link to the surroundings represent an original solution which meets basic museological requirements. The building is an interesting example of museum architecture worldwide. It is surrounded by a sculpture park with works by the most significant Yugoslav sculptors of the 20th century.
The main volume of the building is a polymorphous crystal comprised of six cubes with cut angles. The facade are mainly covered with white marble panels and partly with glass, and the sloping roof surface is covered with glass
The interior is characterized by its functionality and spaciousness. A unique and specifically arranged interior space, without vertical partitions and corridors, is divided into five exhibition levels interconnected by stairs, an elevator, and hydraulic platforms. These levels, which almost merge into one another, served as a means to connect a number of spaces of different heights into a whole. This solution made it possible for visitors to view the exhibits on the lower levels from multiple angles from upper levels, as well as to reach the upmost levels with minimum effort. The total area of the interior space is 5.055 square meters. The ground floor is standing 1.80 meters above the ground, and the first level is 3.90 meters above the ground. The difference in height between second and third level spans from 2.34 m to 1.56 m. The highest level is 10.14 m above the ground.
The Museum’s Building has been declared a cultural property of national interest in 1987. and is under the protection of Republic Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments.
In order to provide adequate conditions for primary functions of this exceptional building, the process of reconstruction and adaptation was initiated in 2008. Followed by numerous problems, the project lasted until October 20, 2017 when the building of the Museum of Contemporary Art reopened for visitors.
Authors: architects Ivan Antić and Ivanka Raspopović