23 March – 13 June 2021
Curator: Igor Španjol
In his conceptual and materially ephemeral projects, Tobias Putrih engages the 20th century avant-gardes, in particular utopian and visionary concepts in architecture and design. He architecturally reinvents public spaces, such as cinema theaters, libraries, galleries, and universities, building temporary environments of paper, cardboard, wood, and light. This survey exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of two decades of the artist’s work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, and science. In conjunction with the exhibition, a catalogue will be produced in collaboration with the Gregor Podnar gallery and Hatje Cantz Verlag.
9 September – 31 October 2021
Curator: Marko Jenko
In October this year, we will mark the 140th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's birth with an international exhibition of his mid-century illustrations from a private collection in Italy that shows in what ways – also in terms of printmaking techniques – Picasso approached the issue of illustrating various genres of books, or perhaps rather the issue of an illustrated book that is essentially an artist’s book in its inclusion of handwriting, manuscript, or scribbling that sometimes continue without interruption into drawing or painting, moving further and further away from the standard concept of illustration as a complement to the narration. The illustrations on display include Max Jacob’s Chronicle of Heroic Times, Pierre Reverdy’s The Song of the Dead, Luis de Góngora’s 40 Poems, Comte de Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, Prosper Mérimée’s Carmen, (with Picasso’s separate “illustrations” Le Carmen des Carmen), and Fernand Crommelynck’s The Magnanimous Cuckold.
16 November 2021 – 1 March 2022
Curator: Zdenka Badovinac
Before traveling to Ljubljana, this exhibition is on view at the National Museum of 21st Century Art MAXXI in Rome, Italy, from late March till September. The exhibition features contemporary art from the territory of former Yugoslavia that, seeking answers to urgent questions of our time, turns, among others, to the potential of local emancipatory traditions. The exhibition’s central narrative focuses on the one hand on the imagery of the hero as it has changed over time since World War II, and on the other, on the representation of a force bigger than us – the force of global capital.
January – December 2021
Curators: Martina Vovk, Marko Jenko
The 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’s permanent exhibition 20th Century. Continuities and Ruptures. This year it continues with presentations of Bojan Gorenec, Sergej Kapus, Marjan Gumilar, and Zmago Lenardič.
23 February – 6 June 2021
Curators: Lara Štrumej, Rok Vevar
This first large-scale posthumous exhibition of the work of Božidar Dolenc (1950–2008) is conceived around his legacy, which gives us, together with the works acquired for the Moderna galerija collection from the artist earlier, a broad view of virtually everything that visually intrigued the artist over the three decades of his creative work. The exhibition comprises two parts: the first includes photographs that make Dolenc one of the most prominent and acclaimed photographers of the second half of the 20th century in Slovenia, while the second deals with the Ljubljana subculture scene; both parts include many works that have never been shown before. A catalogue was produced in conjunction with the exhibition, edited by curator Lara Štrumej.
24 June – 3 October 2021
Curators: Bojana Piškur and Siniša Ilić, Jasna Jakšić, Vida Knežević, Nita Luci & Linda Gusia, Asja Mandić, Biljana Tanurovska-Kjulavkovski & Ivana Vaseva, Rok Vevar & Jasmina Založnik
Underpinning this project researching political performance of the 1990s is a series of questions that aim to define what actually constitutes political performance in the post-Yugoslav context. Specifically: What did performance, a well-established art form in the Western world, bring to or mean or change in the broader field of art in Yugoslavia, and can we talk about “performance beyond the political”? Is performance even the right word to describe such a vastly varied production as that seen in the newly founded states from Slovenia to Macedonia? Outside of institutions (and in a few examples even within them), the region has famously not held a uniform understanding of performance, primarily due to the different socioeconomic and political conditions, and herein lies the main difficulty of our research. The unifying thread of our project is thus not looking for similarities (which would have doomed it before it had really begun), but juxtaposing what we felt were a kind of “absences.”
The exhibition forms part of the long-term international project Our Many Europes headed by the confederation of museums L’Internationale.
21 October 2021 – 12 February 2022
Curators: Annie Fletcher, Igor Španjol
The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. The group’s work spans the fields of film and video, curating and writing, and incorporates developing public platforms for in-depth research into the images of contemporary societies. The exhibition title derives from Octavia Butler’s trilogy exploring the issues of the extinction of the human race, racial discrimination, planetary transformation, forced mutation, generative alienation, and altered kinship.
The exhibition was conceived by and first staged at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Moderna galerija’s partner institution in the confederation of museums L’Internationale.
21 October 2021 – 12 February 2022
Curator: Bojana Piškur
In recent years, the main focus of Nika Autor’s work has been migrations, both the ones we are seeing now and the migrations of workers from Yugoslavia to various parts of Western Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. The artist’s in-depth research is a constant in her production. Formally, her works are not just films, but expand into video essays and experimental videos, video installations, photographic interventions, and texts. The artist approaches her subjects with a high degree of sensitivity and without moralizing, which increases the works’ impact. The exhibition will comprise video installations and photographic and textual interventions produced as part of her News Reels over the past two years.
Celebrating 10 years of the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
3 December 2021 – 25 June 2022
Curators: Zdenka Badovinac, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol, Ida Hiršenfelder
The exhibition will present works from the Moderna galerija’s collections and contemporary art that engages neo-avant-garde art practices and ecology as it seeks answers to environmental urgencies of our time. The main part of the display will comprise works by the groups OHO, Pecs Workshop and TOK, and artists Rudolf Sikora, Karel Miler, Miloš Šejn, Petr Štembera, Michal Kern, Dezider Toth, Natalia LL, and Slavko Matković. Further, contemporary eco-feminist, sound and similar practices will be presented (Marjetica Potrč, Borut Hlupič, Marko Peljhan, Franc Purg, radioCona…). Celebrating the tenth anniversary of MSUM, the show will be in dialogue with a new permanent exhibition of the museum’s collection, with a new catalogue of the collection produced for the occasion and two works by young international artists commissioned for the collection.
Draught is a series of solo exhibitions on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM) presenting young artists and fresh new ideas in the field of contemporary art.
April – May 2021
The artists will present their Southwind project, based on their 3000-kilometer steamboat journey down the Mississippi in 2019 and focusing on the deterioration of ecosystems.
September – October 2021
The minimal intervention in space is a reference to the artist’s 2009 intervention in what was then Moderna galerija’s project space, Mala galerija, which the artist opened, completely empty, onto Slovenska cesta.
November – December 2021
In his presentation entitled Incomplete Stories of Several Encounters, Ivanišin will exhibit his films Karpotrotter, Playing Men, and Oroslan as three video installations. In this way, the moving images come together not only as sequences, but also as groupings that are watched simultaneously. This foregrounds the visual aspects of the film rather than its narration.
We reserve the right to alter the program.