MG+MSUM | The Museum of Modern Art Research Unit

The Museum of Modern Art Research Unit (Raziskovalna skupina Moderne galerije, 7182-001) was entered in the register of research organizations on 8 October 2021 upon being granted the status of a research organization by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). The purpose of the group is to add, at an interdisciplinary scientific research level, to Moderna galerija’s existing exhibition, research, archival, and educational activities that focus on fine, visual, and new media art of the 20th and 21st centuries in Slovenia.


The Museum of Modern Art Research Unit covers the following fields or disciplines:

  • art history,
  • culturology,
  • digital humanities,
  • philosophy of art.


Currently, the Museum of Modern Art Research Unit is focusing especially on the periods, themes, artistic media, and approaches that have received less attention from other scholarly research organizations and projects, despite being an important part of the national cultural heritage:

  • new-media art, net-art, digital art,
  • contemporary visual art of the 21st century,
  • post-internet art.


Pravila o pogojih in postopku za pridobitev nazivov raziskovalnih delavcev v Moderni galeriji (Regulations for the determination of conditions and appointment procedures for research titles at the Museum of Modern Art; in Slovene).


Members of the Moderna galerija research group

Aleš Vaupotič, PhD
Robert Simonišek, PhD
Kaja Kraner, PhD


Projects of the Moderna galerija research group

Sustainable digital preservation of the Slovenian new media art (basic research project, Slovenian Research Agency, J7-3158, 1.11.2021-31.10.2024)


While Slovenians are globally among the pioneers of new media art, Slovenian new media art, largely outside the domain of the traditional discourse on art and culture, does not have at its disposal the care and protection available to artworks in more traditional media. Despite representing an important aspect of cultural and art history, it is left to disappear and/or deteriorate in the absence of a concerted effort for its institutional and discursive affirmation. The project addresses the fundamental issue of recognizing the new-media heritage, which underpins understanding contemporary reality in the humanities as well as playing an important part in other areas of life for diverse social groups. It maintains that such works are important for our understanding of cultural heritage as they present and question the tools and information infrastructures that have proliferated since the rise of digital reproducibility.

The aim of the project is to build a conceptual model that can be used for interpretation and understanding, and provide guidelines for preserving new media artifacts and services and making them accessible and reusable, by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Evaluate (Slovenian) new media art as a rich source of theoretical approaches and methods in the field of the (digital) humanities.
  • Present and study past initiatives for preservation proposed by new media artists in Slovenia.
  • Develop and test a digital cultural-heritage model for long-term preservation of born-digital cultural artifacts.
  • Emphasize the importance of new media literacy in fighting against ICT-based inequalities, exploitation, and exclusion.
  • Provide copyright guidelines for cultural heritage institutions involved in preserving and making accessible new media art under their care.