The idea of creating the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow was established in 2004. For this purpose the city of Cracow purchased the buildings in the former Schindler Factory. Purpose of purchasing such a building was to fit in with the global trend of presenting contemporary art in industrial buildings. The museum was opened in 2011.
Contemporary Museum in Cracow consists of both permanent and temporarty exhibitions. The main element of the museum is a collection of MOCAK consisting of works of artists from many countries acquired over the years. This gallery consists of several segments: conceptualism, video, sculpture and object.
Collection MOCAK is built since 2010. Since then, it develops very rapidly so that now consists of 4554 works of 235 artists - both Polish and other countries. The main objective of this collection is to show Polish art, which was established over the last 50 years against the background of art from other countries. Besides - the aim of the Museum of Contemporary Art is to tame the recipients with this type of art, so that it is not considered to be hermetic anymore.
The second most popular Museum of Art - the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art is located in Sukiennice.