News ŽIVA Award to MoCA SKOPJE


The Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje is a leading museum in the regio. MSU- Skopje received the prestigious “Special Recognition for Creativity”, as a candidate from the Republic of North Macedonia, which is awarded by the International Foundation “Forum of Slavic Cultures” based in Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia.

A record number of museums applied for the “ŽIVA” award this year, as many as 34 from 10 Slavic countries.

In the its explanation for the award the the jury commission emphasized:
“In recent years this is the leading museum and the first in the area dedicated to modern and contemporary art. It has become an influential institution, fostering creativity and collaboration in intercultural dialogue both at home and abroad.” The new impetus that the Museum gives to the wide dissemination of art collections and to the importance of contemporary artistic expression, demonstrates progress and a competitive spirit with intensive investment in the transformation of its spatial capacity and presentation of collections and socially responsible projects. The Museum grew on the foundations of solidarity, marked by regional and international donations of important works of art that prompted the beginnings of the Museum’s establishment in the sixties. MSU Skopje managed to create a cultural platform for artistic contemporary production – national and international, promotion and research of the present and identities that serve to mark changes in time.

The Živa Prize is awarded for the promotion of protection, preservation, education and information about museum collections and natural and cultural monuments, their diversity, content and social role, emphasizing their creative and progressive approaches, openness and accessibility to the public, their impact on society and their contribution to the development of museological principles and ideas.
The awards ceremony, which took place for the eighth time, from November 16 to 19, 2022, was organized by the “Forum of Slavic Cultures”, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Posavia Museum from Brežice.

The Foundation “Forum of Slavic Cultures” is an international organization founded in 2004 on the initiative of the Republic of Slovenia. The goals of the organization are bringing together and stimulating cultural cooperation between the Slavic countries, as well as joint affirmation of their culture in the world. The Republic of North Macedonia, as one of the founding countries of the Forum of Slavic Cultures (FSK), through the Ministry of Culture, has been actively involved from the very beginning in almost all the initiatives and activities of this eminent organization whose goal is to preserve the cultural traditions of the Slavic peoples and their promotion as permanent and universal values ​​in global frameworks.

On behalf of MSU, the recognition was received by the country’s national representative in the “Forum of Slavic Cultures”, Gordan Nikolov.




The educational program within the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje expands the educational discourse with a series of lectures and workshops under the title “MSU School” under the mentorship of the artist Nikola Uzunovski.

The program starts on November 22 and will end on December 20, 2022. The lectures are organized twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 19:30 at MSU.

Lectures are free.

Interested students can register by November 21, 2022 at the e-mail address:, with first and last name, profession, and announcement of whether they will follow the whole course or only individual lectures.

The program aims to affirm general education, knowledge, and interest in the visual, especially in contemporary art.

The program of “MSU School” is designed primarily for the students of the Faculty of Fine Art, students of History of Art and Archaeology, Faculty of Architecture, and further the students who study design, and fashion…, but also to all those who show interest in contemporary art.

For the detailed program please visit our Education page:

The slag from Topilnica (Smelter Factory) in Veles is another of the most serious problems for the environment

The Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje started with the implementation of the project “Landscape of anxiety” (culture and art for the future coexistence with environmental crises and climate change).

Part of the museum team, together with local activists, visited Veles, namely the Lake of Youth, the Melting Pot, and the City Park, and then held a workshop, where they summarized their impressions.


The slag dump (waste from ore smelting) at the Smelter in Veles is still one of the most serious problems for the environment, not only in Veles, but also in the entire country and region. The local Veles organization “Vila Zora” has been appealing for years about the importance of solving the issue with Black Hill, but the issue still remains unresolved. The Black Hill, which is estimated to contain over 1.8 million tons of waste, is still standing and covers an area of ​​33,000 cubic meters and is estimated to contain about 10 percent zinc, one percent lead as well as other hazardous metals such as cadmium, copper, arsenic, indium, thallium.

The museum team, together with local activists, were convinced of the seriousness of the consequences of the Veles Smelter, which are not resolved by its closure. Tihomir Topuzovski (project manager) Ivana Vaseva (curator) Kiril Arsovski (biologist and ecologist) Denis Saraginovski and Slobodanka Stevchevska (OPA, art collective) Ivana Mirchevska (artist) Darko Aleksovski (artist), Zorica Zafirovska (artist) as well as members of Ecological society from Veles “Vila Zora”, discussed possible collaborations, use of artistic approaches and methodologies through which the concerned institutions will be influenced for an immediate solution to this urgent problem.

This activity is part of the project “Landscape of Anxiety” (culture and art for the future coexistence with environmental crises and climate change) which addresses climate conditions and environmental challenges, which generate urgent conditions through extreme weather conditions, loss of biodiversity, devastated wildlife environment, uncontrolled trajectories of exploitation of basic resources, such as water and air, global growth and unwanted migrations.

The main goal of the project is to create conditions for a quality exchange of knowledge, collaborations, education, and artistic production, through which artists, researchers, ecologists, activists, and citizens in Macedonia will engage in relation to the environment and climate change. The project is fully financed by FOOM (Open Society Foundation – Macedonia).

In the coming period, the project continues with a series of workshops in Skopje, Bitola, and Prespa.




The library of MSU-Skopje has been enriched with another important domestic title, which is the publication entitled “ACTO SPEAKS!” 2006-2020″ / AKTO SPEAKING! 2006-2020, in Macedonian and English, dedicated to the AKTO festival, which affirms independent culture.

The promotion was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on October 29, 2022, and the promoters were Elizabeta Sheleva, Biljana Tanurovska – Kjulavkovski and Vladimir Janchevski.

The publication “ACTO SPEAKS!” 2006-2020″ published by the Faculty of Non-Learning – FRU, by the editors Filip Jovanovski and Ivana Vaseva, is conceived as a kind of archive in the form of a book. Despite its volume, at 700 pages and vast visual material, it does not claim to be the definitive archive or comprehensive view of AKTO. This publication is a visual, personal, and political essay about what AKTO is, as well as the conditions in which AKTO was created, as a document that should constantly remind us of the importance of archiving.

Mira Gakjina, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, together with Jovanka Popova and Blagoja Varoshanec curators from the museum, participated in the annual conference organized by the International Network of Museums and Collections for Contemporary Art CIMAM, held this year in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. At the opening ceremony, the King of Spain, Philip VI, gave a speech about the importance of museums and their influence on changes in society.

Half an hour before the official opening of the international exhibition “All That We Have in Common” (Sa so si amenge jekhethane/All That We Have in Common), MSU offers the opportunity for an introduction to the works of the exhibition with a personal curator – a guide on November 8, at 7:30 p.m.


The exhibition is organized in partnership with the 14th European Nomad Biennale for Contemporary Art – Manifesta. The curators are: Mustafa Asan, Mo Diener, Mira Gaqina, and Jovanka Popova.


Artists whose works will be exhibited are Delaine Le Bas (England), Ahmet Kadri (North Macedonia), Sead Kazandziu (Albania), Lubos Kotlar and Robert Gabris (Slovakia), Roma Jam Session Art Collective – Mustafa Asan, Mo Diner, Milena Petrovic (North Macedonia/Switzerland/Serbia), Nihad Nino Pushija (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany), Andre Jeno Ratzsch (Germany), Emilia Rigova (Slovakia), Ceija Stojka (Austria), Dan Turner (England) and Durmish Kazim (North Macedonia).


The Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje is located in an area that is an organic part of the city in which the Roma community has lived for years, which is often the subject of political and social exclusion, misinterpretations, speculations and prejudices. The themes dealt with by Roma artists in this setting open various issues related to systemic violence against Roma and other marginalized communities, the crisis of identity politics, gender inequality and the migration crisis. The purpose of the exhibition is to expand the political imagination beyond the stereotypical representation and through shared knowledge from internationally known and domestic artists to articulate different ways of self-representation and to centralize and make visible the ignored and inaccessible marginalized narratives about the Roma.


We kindly ask you to confirm your attendance on the following e-mail address:


Illustration in the title: Nihad Nino Pušija, Down There Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, 1995-ongoing, photo series

Courtesy of the artist

One of the most representative online platforms for contemporary art, e-flux, published an announcement about the upcoming exhibition All That We Have in Common / Sa so si amenge jekhethane at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, .

The exhibition is organized within the framework of the 14th European Nomad Biennale for Contemporary Art – Manifesta and will be opened in the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje on November 8.

The curators of the exhibition are Mustafa Asan, Mo Diener, Mira Gaqina, and Jovanka Popova.

The Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje is a partner institution with Manifesta Biennial


Cover illustration: Delaine Le Bas, Universal declaration of human rights, 2013, paint, pen, hand embelishments on fabric, 285x150cm

Photo credit: Alexander Christie, courtesy of the artist and Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery

The director of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje, Mira Gaćina, joined by a team of curators is on a working visit to their colleagues at the Kunsthalle Museum in Vienna where they are preparing for the upcoming exhibition that will present in the Austrian capitol the collection of the Skopje MoCA at the beginning of next year.


“At the Kunsthalle Vienna, we have several working meetings where we discuss this ambitious project. The curatorial team of this important institution and several internationally recognized artists were already in Skopje for a selection of a number of significant works from our collection. They will be exhibited next year in the Kunsthalle in an area of ​​over 1000 meters square. This means that in one of the European capitals, through a new reading, we will affirm our precious collection and the city of Skopje”, says Gaćina.


The concept envisages 8 international artists making their own selection from the collection and devising a setting that will establish a dialogue between these works and their work. The idea is to see how today’s artists experience this collection created through artistic solidarity.


The prestigious ArtForum Culture Foundation enriched MoCA Skopje’s collection with two works by the world-renowned artists Jana Dettmer and Monika von Eschenbach. Both works have been produced within their joint project in the European ArtForum Culture Foundation and the Winter Foundation from Hamburg, as a part of their dedication to gender equality. 

Monika von Eschenbach is an innovative photographer who creates a new dimension in sculptural photography, situating her practice in the domain of conceptual photography and sculpture. 

Jana Dettmer is a renowned lawyer, who shows the same dedication in her artistic work, reinterpreting abstract painting, with a specific focus on experimenting with the processes of perception. 

Driven by feelings of collaboration and solidarity, in the spirit of which our collection has been founded, we are proud and happy to share this cultural action with you. 



Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje is joining the CIMAM family! Our hard work, exceptional dedication and care for our collection, stepping out of our borders and onto the international scene, our rich programme and The Large Glass Magazine, have been recognized by CIMAM – The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art.


CIMAM is the only international community that represents the interests of modern and contemporary art museum professionals and that provides the resources and the necessary exchange platforms for the best development of the museum activity. This membership further establishes MoCA Skopje’s place among the most renowned contemporary art museums of the world.