AUGUST 6, 2011 18.30 – 20.00

129 KwieKulik’in 1978 tarihli <i>Activities with the Head</i> [Kafa ile Aktiviteler] performansından
© Moderna galerija, Ljubljana
Performance of KwieKulik’s Activities with the Head (1978)
© Moderna galerija, Ljubljana


Zdenka Badovinac will speak about her exhibition The Museum of Parallel Narratives, currently on view at MACBA, Barcelona. The exhibition seeks both to present Ljubljana’s Moderna galerija’s Arteast 2000+ Collection, the first ever collection of post-war avant-garde Eastern European art, and to discover what sort of art system, if any, accompanied the production, presentation, and musealization of these artworks. The exhibition is organized in the context of the L’Internationale project. Conceived in 2009, the international and inter-institutional L’Internationale fosters collaborations between museums and archival institutions whose collections are based on local contexts and local histories, with the ambition to develop multiple transnational cultural narratives, as opposed to a single “master” narrative. The founding partners of L’Internationale are the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, the Július Koller Society in Bratislava, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in Barcelona, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerp (MuHKA).

Director of Ljubljana’s Moderna galerija (Museum of Modern Art), Badovinac has systematically dealt with processes of redefining history and questions of different avant-garde traditions in contemporary art – first, with Body and the East: From the 1960s to the Present (1998), Moderna galerija, which travelled to Exit Art, New York, in 2001. Badovinac’s work continued with the first public display of the 2000+ Arteast Collection: 2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West (2000), Moderna galerija, followed by a series of Arteast exhibitions, primarily at Moderna galerija: Form-Specific (2003); 7 Sins: Ljubljana-Moscow (2004), co-curated with Victor Misiano and Igor Zabel; Interrupted Histories (2006); Arteast Collection 2000+23 (2006); The Schengen Women (2008), Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project; Old Masters (2008), Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., Center in galerijaP74, Ljubljana, also part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project; and Museum of Parallel Narratives (2011), MACBA, Barcelona.

Badovinac’s other major projects include unlimited.nl-3, De Appel, Amsterdam (2000); (un)gemalt (2002), Sammlung Essl, Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg/Vienna; ev+a 2004 Imagine Limerick, Open & Invited (2004), Limerick; and Democracies/Tirana Biennale (2005), Tirana. Badovinac was Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale (1993-1997, 2005) and Austrian Commissioner at the São Paulo Biennial (2002). She is President of the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).

Who’s in town? a series of impromptu events in the Walk-in Cinema spurred by the occasion of someone with something to share who happens to be available or currently in town.