Laibach (left) and Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (right) on the exhibition NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2015. Photo: Dejan Habicht (Moderna galerija)
NSK from Kapital to Capital opening at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid on 28 June
The exhibition is now traveling to one of the most prominent art museums in the world, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, where it will run from 28 June 2017 through 8 January 2018. It has been opened on 27 June 2017 by the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and by His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain.
Staged at the Moderna galerija in 2015, NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia was the first ever survey exhibition of the Neue Slowenische Kunst collective. One of Moderna galerija’s most visited exhibitions, it attracted a lot of interest both at home and abroad. Last year it traveled to the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow where it met with exceptional acclaim, with as many as 70,745 visitors seeing it. Early this year, the renowned New York art blogazine Hyperallergic listed the Moscow exhibition as one of the fifteen best exhibitions of 2016.
In June, the exhibition travels in its entirety to the Spanish museum. Like the Moscow and Ljubljana editions before it, it will present the work of the collective’s three founding groups and five departments. Explaining the reasons for inviting the NSK exhibition to Madrid’s main contemporary art institution, its director Manuel J. Borja – Villel said: “A generally accepted notion of contemporary art is that, regardless of where it occurs, it always draws inspiration from a certain center. The case of NSK, however, proves the opposite, showing how an art movement that becomes extremely important for understanding a period can develop on the periphery.”
On Friday, 30 June 2017 at 7 p.m. Slavoj Žižek, invited by the Museo Reina Sofia, will deliver a lecture on various deaths and resurrections of the phantasm of fascism entitled Lessons from the "apocalypse".
A (shortened) Spanish version of the book NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst––An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia will accompany the exhibition in Madrid. The book NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst––An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, edited by Zdenka Badovinac, Eda Čufer and Anthony Gardner, is one of the four finalists for the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions. Zdenka Badovinac, also the curator of the exhibition, said that “the fact that most of the texts were translated into Spanish further shows the great interest the Museo Reina Sofia has in presenting the complexity of NSK art to the Spanish audience.”
About the Museo Reina Sofía
The Museo Reina Sofía opened its doors in 1990 to show the contemporary Spanish art in relation to the international context. Its collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late nineteenth century to the present, five percent of which is exhibited at the Museum and includes works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Robert Delaunay, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Gerhard Richter, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers, among many more. The centerpiece is Guernica (1937), by Pablo Picasso. The Collection presents intertwined micro-narrations, cosmologies that help the understanding of the relations between the works. It is constituted as a space for discussion and research through seminars and university programs born of the relationship between education and exhibitions, collection, and activities. The Reina Sofía has recently increased its efforts to network with numerous institutions within and outside Spain, to coordinate and share audiences. Its goal is also to lead a network of information exchange, co-production activities, promotion of joint research and publications, providing at the same time, the ability to create a large network archive.
The Museo Reina Sofia and Moderna galerija are both partners in L’Internationale, a confederation of six modern and contemporary art institutions. L’Internationale is a new form of inter-institutional cooperation. It was initiated by Moderna galerija in 2009. Since 2013, it has been running a five-year program The Uses of Art - the Legacy of 1848 and 1989, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.
With the support of the Culture
Programme of the European Union
Photos from the exhibition: NSK from Kapital to capital exhibition view at the Museo Reina SofÍa, Madridu, 2017. Photo: JoaquÍn Cortés/Romàn Lores