The exhibition Low-Budget Utopias presents works that come largely from the Moderna galerija’s Arteast 2000+ Collection. This is the eighth installation of the collection in which we develop the notion of the collection as a tool. In the present exhibition we explain the collection and the museum as tools that help sustain a utopian consciousness; here we base our ideas not only on the exhibited artworks but also, partly, on certain theoretical concepts that view the utopian as possible and, indeed, as already existing, rather than projecting it into some distant idyllic future.
The Metelkova Case: From Army Barracks to Museum of Contemporary Art
When the Yugoslav People’s Army vacated the barracks at Metelkova in 1991, some of the space became available for contemporary art. But the emptied space had lost all of its previous performative functions. Instead it became “susceptible to being diverted, reappropriated and put to use quite different from its initial one”, thereby enabling different configurations of forces, performative acts and social relations that called the future museum of contemporary art into being. Zdenka Badovinac has pointed out that it was the war in the former Yugoslavia and in the Balkans that marked the beginning of our contemporaneity. Similarly, it was the former military complex that marked the beginning of Moderna galerija's Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM).