You are kindly invited to participate in the third edition of the symposium dedicated to the practice of exhibiting art, architecture, and design in Slovenia. 

Application deadline: 27 November 2023.

Exhibiting in Slovenia III    

Symposium, 11 & 12 April 2024, City Museum of Ljubljana, Gosposka 15, Ljubljana  

You are kindly invited to participate in the third edition of the symposium dedicated to the practice of exhibiting art, architecture, and design in Slovenia. The first symposium, "Exhibiting in Slovenia: A Symposium on the 110th Anniversary of the Jakopič Pavilion”, took place in 2019 and celebrated the anniversary of the Jakopič Pavilion, the first venue in Slovenia specifically purpose-built for art exhibitions. The symposium received an excellent response and featured a wide variety of content related to exhibiting, clearly demonstrating the strong interest of both the professional community and the general public in these topics. This interest was further reinforced by the second edition of the symposium in 2022.    

The symposium is dedicated to the medium of the exhibition, to the phenomenon of exhibiting visual arts, architecture, and design, and questions regarding the art system in Slovenia in the context of the broader Central-European framework from the 19th century until today. We extend an invitation for submissions to all those exploring these topics across a diverse array of contexts and fields. We welcome contributions that:   

• discuss group and monographic exhibitions of Slovenian art, architecture, and design both in Slovenia and in other art centres, prominent international exhibitions, and the exhibitions of foreign art in Slovenia;  

• deal with broader exhibition complexes in the given geographical framework, e.g. exhibitions of selected institutions, artists, or curators, exhibitions that can be connected or compared owing to their content or some other aspect, periodic exhibitions, etc.;  

• focus on various organisational settings for exhibitions, from exhibitions organised by artists themselves to larger national presentations;  

• examine the contemporaneous reception of exhibitions and their long-term impact or the various relations between exhibitions and art, politics, and society;  

• research the role of art in various exhibition formats that do not deal primarily with visual arts;  

• discuss the cultural-political and institutional framework of exhibitions, and the exhibition policies of individual institutions;  

• consider exhibitions a means of cultural diplomacy.  

We encourage an interdisciplinary and comparative approach in considering specific exhibitions and exhibition practices. We welcome all content that provides an in-depth consideration of the symposium’s topic. We accept all research approaches and subjects, except for presentations of the submitters' own artistic or curatorial exhibition projects.  

Participants from outside Slovenia may lecture in English or Serbian, Croatian, or Bosnian; presentations in Slovene will not be simultaneously translated into English

Presentations are up to 20-minutes long. To apply, please send an abstract (up to 150 words) and your CV (up to 70 words) to by 27 November 2023.  We will inform you of our decision by mid-December 2023.  

The symposium is organised in cooperation with the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML), the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (IZA), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU), the Božidar Jakac Art Museum (GBJ), the France Stele Institute of Art History (the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, ZRC SAZU), and the Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (FF) as part of the research project Exhibiting of Art and Architecture between Artistic and Ideological Concepts (ARIS J6-3137).    

Symposium Committee: Petra Čeh (KGLU), Alenka Gregorič (MGML), Urška Jurman (IZA), Martina Malešič (FF UL), Goran Milovanović (GBJ), Katarina Mohar (UIFS ZRC SAZU/FF UM), Miha Valant (FF UL), Vladimir Vidmar (FF UL), and Beti Žerovc (FF UL).

The symposium is supported by the Slovenian Research and Innovation Agency (ARIS) and the ERSTE Foundation.