We announce: Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018 programme

03.11.2018

22 November–7 December, Ljubljana

At the end of the year in which the art historian and curator Igor Zabel would have celebrated his sixtieth birthday and upon the tenth anniversary of the Igor Zabel Award, which acknowledges exceptional achievements in the field of visual art in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe, a series of various events dedicated to Igor Zabel’s heritage and the significance of contemporary art will take place in Ljubljana.

Thursday, 22 November, 21:00, Kinodvor
THE CURATOR'S ROOM
Igor Zabel: How to Make Art Visible?

Slovenian premiere of the documentary film

The Curator’s Room, a documentary film dedicated to the art historian and curator Igor Zabel (1958–2005), focuses on Zabel’s work in the field of visual arts from the end of the 1980s to his death. Through the film, we learn how, in that epochal time – at the turn of the century and at the intersections of (post)modern and contemporary art, the local and international art space, socialism and capitalism, East and West, the artistic and the social/political –, he faced in his work not only great changes and conflicts, but also possibilities for the new.

Director: Damjan Kozole | Scriptwriter: Urška Jurman | Production: Vertigo | Co-production: RTV Slovenia, Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory | Supported by: Slovenian Film Centre

The Slovenian premiere is organized by Kinodvor in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association and Vertigo.


Wednesday, 28 November, 18:00, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
ON CONTEMPORANEITY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Presentation of Šum#10.1 journal and discussion

A presentation of the thematic section of the new Šum journal issue on defining contemporary art at the turn of the 1990s with lectures by Kaja Kraner on some of the key conceptions of the contemporariness of contemporary art and by Sergej Kapus on how Igor Zabel defined contemporary art.

This event is organizd by Šum journal in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association, MG+MSUM and the Association Boks Gallery.


Thursday, 6 December, 13:00–19:00, Moderna galerija
ART – HOW MUCH IS IT STILL AN IDEA FOR THE FUTURE?
International conference

Participants: Clémentine Deliss, Zoran Erić, iLiana Fokianaki, Ana Janevski, Nomaduma Masilela, Cuauhtémoc Medina González, Lívia Páldi, Marjetica Potrč, Marcelo Rezende, Adam Szymczyk

The conference focuses on the concept of contemporary art, especially on the question of how much it is able to shape ideas for the future. If modernism was to a large extent oriented towards the future and postmodernism towards the past, then we would like to know which temporality determines contemporary art. Further on, we will discuss what it actually means when we say that contemporary art is global art. Is it a concept co-shaped by subjects from different parts of the world or a construct of the global art system that has boomed after 1989?

This conference is organized by: Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association and ERSTE Foundation.


Friday, 7 December, Moderna galerija
→ 18:00
THE CURATOR'S ROOM
Igor Zabel: How to Make Art Visible?

English premiere of the documentary film
→ 20:00
IGOR ZABEL AWARD FOR CULTURE AND THEORY 2018 CEREMONY
The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges the exceptional achievements of cultural protagonists whose work supports, develops or investigates visual art and culture in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The award has been conferred biennially since 2008 in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation (Vienna) and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Ljubljana). With prize money totalling 76,000 EUR, it is one of the highest and most prestigious prizes for cultural activities related to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.


Organizer: Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory
Initiator of the award and main partner: ERSTE Foundation
Partners: MG+MSUM, Vertigo, Kinodvor, ŠUM magazine
Media partner: TAM-TAM