MG - Exhibitions & Events

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.

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.

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

Odysseus Visiting the Capitals of Europe

Marij Pregelj, Homer and the Muse of Poetry, 1951, ink wash on paper, 50 x 33.5 cm, Moderna galerija (573/1/R)

Exhibition: Marij Pregelj: Illustrations for the First Slovenian Translation of the Odyssey and translations of the Odyssey in languages of the European Union
14 - 23 November 2014

International Symposium: The Odyssey between Greece and the Latin West
14 and 15 November 2014

Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition of Marij Pregelj's illustrations for the first Slovenian translation of the Odyssey and translations of the Odyssey in languages of the European Union on Saturday, 15 November, at 7 p.m. at the Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva street 15.


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.


Gabrijel Stupica Under Close Scrutiny

Flora,1962 (detail), NLB Collection
photo: Dejan Habicht, Matija Pavlovec

17 April - 31 August 2014
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

The Technology of Making and Preserving Works of Art

This project is the result of collaboration between Moderna galerija's Restoration-Conservation Department, the Restoration Department of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana, the Restoration Center of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, and the National Gallery of Slovenia.

Tone Lapajne: Objects (1968 - 1970) - A donation of Tone Lapajne's works to the Museum of Modern Art

Photo: Matija Pavlovec

5 March - 12 April 2015
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

Curated by: Martina Vovk

You are kindly invited to visit the exhibition of Tone Lapajne's early sculptures, which are going to be on view from 5 March on at the Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana.

Dragica Čadež recently donated to the Museum of Modern Art four sculptures by Tone Lapajne (1933-2011) that belong to a relatively short but fruitful and contextually and topically interesting period of his work: Accent (Heavily Contrasted) or Product (Heavily Contrasted) from 1968


Author: Nataša Jovičić

26 January - 29 March 2015
Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Cankarjeva 15

The exhibition presents the educational tool with completely new methodology in interpreting art for the blind, which was conceived by the art historian Nataša Jovičić. This forms part of the gallery where next to the original picture of Edo Murtić (Highway, 1952) is placed a specially designed stand with five tactile diagrams printed in glass and accompanied by an audio system.

Tadej Pogačar & the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art: Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources

The Champion, 1976

4 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Cankarjeva 15

Curator: Igor Španjol

The exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of Tadej Pogačar's creative output over the past few decades and his P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, with special emphasis on selected projects that have left a lasting mark on contemporary art production in Slovenia.


February 6 - April 19, 2015
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Curated by Zdenka Badovinac, Snejana Krasteva, and Bojana Piškur

Featured artists: Marina Abramović, Yury Albert, Nika Autor (in collaboration with Marko Bratina, Ciril Oberstar, and Jurij Meden (Obzorniška Fronta/Newsreel Front)), Yury Avvakumov, Jože Barši, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Geta Brătescu, Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurtz, Olga Chernysheva, Chto Delat, Lana Čmajčanin, Vuk Ćosić (in collaboration with Alexey Shulgin and Andreas Broeckmann), Goran Đorđević, Nuša and Srečo Dragan, Vadim Fishkin, György Galántai, Gorgona, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid, Dmitry Gutov, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Tibor Hajas, Ibro Hasanović, IRWIN, Sanja Iveković, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Alexander Kosolapov, Jarosław Kozłowski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Oleg Kulik, Zofia Kulik, Andreja Kulunčić (in collaboration with Ibrahim Ćurić, Said Mujić, and Osman Pezić), Vladimir Kupriyanov, KwieKulik, Laibach, Yury Leiderman, Kazimir Malevič, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Jan Mlčoch, Andrey Monastyrsky, Ivan Moudov, Via Negativa, Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), Timur Novikov, OHO, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Marko Pejhan, Dan Perjovschi, Tadej Pogačar, Darinka Pop-Mitić, Zoran Popović, Dmitry Prigov, Franc Purg (in collaboration with Sara Heitlinger), Guia Rigvava, Józef Robakowski, Alexander Roitburd, Mykola Rydny, Arsen Savadov, Kalin Serapionov, Nebojša Šerić-Šoba, Nedko Solakov, SOSka, Ilija Šoškić, Petr Štembera, Mladen Stilinović, Krassimir Terziev, Raša Todosijević, Slaven Tolj, Milica Tomić, Goran Trbuljak, Josip Vaništa, Sašo Vrabič, Vadim Zakharov, Dragan Živadinov with Dunja Zupančič and Miha Turšič, and Konstantin Zvezdochetov.

Grammar of Freedom / 5 Lessons, developed in close collaboration with Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana. The exhibition features more than 60 artists and art collectives, with works ranging from the 1960s to the present.

Steven Brown: In Praise of the Parasite

Photo: Dejan Habicht

Friday, 16 January 2015, at 6 p.m.
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

You are kindly invited to attend the talk by Steven Brown on the "parasitism" in frames of Tadej Pogačar's artistic work. It is part of the programme of the exhibition Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources and the last lecture in the series "Short School of Parasitism."

Nataša Muševič - Dot: Trees, Sound installation

11 December 2014 - 18 January 2015
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

Trees is an experiment aiming to extend human perceptual faculties. The project's author Nataša Muševič showcases the electrical and acoustic frequencies inherent to trees.

Suzana Milevska: The Art of Tadej Pogačar. From Institutional Parasitism to Reverse Recuperation

Photo: Dejan Habicht

Friday, 19 December 2014, 6 p.m.
Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

You are kindly invited to the lecture by an art historian, theorist and curator of visual art and culture from Macedonia Suzana Milevska on Friday, 19 December, at 6 p.m. at the Moderna galerija.

BIO 50: 3, 2, 1 ... TEST

18 September - 7 December 2014
Museum of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, Jakopič Gallery

During a period of six months, 120 international designers and multidisciplinary agents engaged in a large-scale collaborative effort to devise possible futures for design. Working on eleven themes that impact diverse aspects of everyday life, they were brought together by 3, 2, 1 ... TEST, the experimental framework that shaped BIO 50, the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana.

Božidar Jakac and Photography

Božidar Jakac, New York from the 17th Floor of Hotel Manger, May 1931
owner of copyright Primož Pablo Miklavc Turnher.

12 June - 19 October 2014
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

Exhibition curator: Lara Štrumej, MA

This exhibition provides the first comprehensive overview of Božidar Jakac's photography ever. Renowned as a printmaker, the artist sought creative outlets in new media even as a student. Giving prominence to the newly discovered photographs of his from before World War II, the exhibition follows the chronology of the photographs the artist took at significant stages in his life: in Prague (1922-23), Novo mesto (around 1923), Paris (1925), Tunisia (1925), America (1929-1931), and while with the partisan forces (1943-1945).

Guided tours in English: Wednesdays 23 and 30 July at 7.30; admission free!

ROOM & ROAD - remake

New premiere: September 5-7, 2014, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
September 12 and 13, Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance - The Laurie Grove Theatre Space, London

MG+MSUM: Poletna muzejska noč

Moderna galerija, Tomšičeva 14

Sobota, 21. junij 2012, 18.00 - 24.00

Gabrijel Stupica: A Retrospective

Studio, (1958), pen and watercolor on paper, 22.9 x 32.2 cm
Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; Photo: Dejan Habicht, Matija Pavlovec; Courtesy of Moderne glalerije, Ljubljana

18 December 2013 - 18 May 2014
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15

Curator: Martina Vovk

Last year we were celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest Slovenian painters of the 20th century, Gabrijel Stupica. In tribute, Moderna galerija has staged a retrospective exhibition, the first extensive study exhibition to come after the last survey exhibition of Stupica's oeuvre at the Moderna galerija back in 1968.

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