NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst - an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia

A group portrait of NSK members in front of a model of Tatlin's Tower from the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre production Baptism under Triglav, 1986. Photo by Marko Modic

11 May - 16 August 2015
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

Curator: Zdenka Badovinac

Press preview: 11 May, 11 a.m.
Opening of the exhibition: 11 May, 8 p.m.

You are kindly invited to the opening ceremony of the retrospective exhibition NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst - an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia on Monday, 11 May 2015 at 8 p.m. at the Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15. The inaugural speech will be given by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Julijana Bizjak Mlakar, MA.

In 1984, three groups - the multimedia group Laibach (established 1980), the visual arts group IRWIN (1983), and the theatre group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (SNST) (1983-1987) - founded the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective. That same day, the three groups founded a fourth group, the design department New Collectivism. Later NSK established other subdivisions: the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, Retrovision, Film, and Builders.

ESSL ART AWARD - Nominees' Night at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

May 11 - May 17, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana

May 11, 2015, 7 p.m.- Official award ceremony and opening of the ESSL ART AWARD Nominees? Exhibition

From The Studio of ... Zdenko Huzjan: "A Night Profounder Than The Sky"

A view of Zdenko Huzjan's studio in Ljubljana, 2015.
Photo: Matija Pavlovec

8 February - 17 May 2015
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

Exhibition curator: Marko Jenko

Our new series of small-scale exhibitions entitled From the Studio of ... presents cross-section views of recent production by artists whose works are included in the Moderna galerija permanent exhibition 20th Century / Continuities and Ruptures. The first exhibition in the series features Zdenko Huzjan, whose painting Settling (1986, oil on canvas) hangs in Room 5 of the permanent exhibition. The first edition of From the Studio of ... includes paintings, drawings, prints and other works selected together by the artist and the exhibition curator. The exhibition opens on Sunday, 8 February 2015 at 6 p.m. as part of the Moderna galerija program celebrating the national cultural holiday.

The Present and Presence: Repetition 8 - A Time of Intimate Decisions

Tomaž Šalamun / OHO, Novi Sad II, 1969, Filmstill, camera, montage: Naško Križnar

23 January - 24 May 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana

Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, Carlfriedrich Claus, Miklós Erdély, Milan Knížák, Jiři Kovanda, Tomaž Šalamun (OHO), Endre Tót, Jiři Valoch, Franci Zagoričnik

Exhibition curators: Zdenka Badovinac, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol

NSK FROM KAPITAL TO CAPITAL, Neue Slowenische Kunst - an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia - International conference

19 - 21 June 2015
Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana

Concept: Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer

Keynote speeker: Boris Groys

Conference participants: Zdenka Badovinac, Barbara Borčić, Eda Čufer, Mladen Dolar, Charles Esche, Anthony Gardner, Marina Gržinić, Lev Kreft, Dejan Kršić, Tomaž Mastnak, Rastko Močnik, Alexei Monroe, Daniel Ricardo Quiles, Igor Vidmar, Alexei Yurchak

NSK from Kapital to Capital is the first retrospective exhibition of the NSK art collective, with a special focus on the transformational decade of the 1980s. In the final decade of the slowly unravelling Yugoslavia, when only lip service was still being paid to its system of socialist self-management, NSK loudly and clearly proclaimed the emperor naked - from Laibach's first poster action in Trbovlje in 1980 to the collective's last coordinated series of projects in the early 1990s, entitled Kapital.

NSK from Kapital to Capital


NSK from Kapital to Capital
Neue Slowenische Kunst - an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia

Edited by Zdenka Badovinac, Eda Čufer and Anthony Gardner

The Present and Presence

Yuri Albert, Letters to Brother Theo, 1992-1994, photo: Dejan Habicht, Matija Pavlovec (© Moderna galerija, Ljubljana)

Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Maistrova 3, Ljubljana

A selection of works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection and the national collection of Moderna galerija


Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Cankarjeva 15

The 20th Century / Continuities and Ruptures exhibition breaks with traditional linearity by introducing the topics of the 20th century avant-gardes and of the art of the Partisan resistance, bringing them into the national history of art on an equal footing with more familiar trends and, as a consequence, casting new light on the latter.


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