News and announcements


IGOR ZABEL AWARD 2020 to Zdenka Badovinac

04 November 2020 | 15:00
Zdenka Badovinac, curator, art writer, and director of Ljubljana’s Moderna galerija is named this year’s Igor Zabel Award laureate.

Temporary closing of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

From 24 October 2020
In accordance with the new government measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Museum of Modern Art (MG+) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM) are temporarily closed.

LETTER OF SUPPORT to All Working at Metelkova 6

23 October 2020 | 12:00
We at Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM) are shocked and appalled by the demand of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia that the cultural, research, and civil-society organizations that have their offices at Metelkova 6 vacate the premises by the end of January 2021. This demand fails to show any trace of concern for the continued cultural, artistic, and civil-society work of organizations and collectives that have a thirty-year-long tradition and exceptional symbolic significance.

B3 BEN AWARD 2020 to Jasmina Cibic

12 October 2020 | 10:00
Best Immersive and Time Based Art Award 2020 to Jasmina Cibic for The Pleasure of Expense that forms part of her FLAMIN Productions commission The Gift, a long-form research, exhibition and film project which Cibic is presenting across a variety of platforms during 2019-2021. The Gift currently features in Cibic’s major solo exhibition The Foundation of Endeavour, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM.

ONLINE SOURCE | Institute of the Cosmos

01 September 2020 | 10:00
A website by The Institute of the Cosmos containing numerous research materials about Russian Cosmism was launched on 1 September 2020. It also contains a lecture by Anton Vidokle, Immortality for All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism from The Summer School. The Big Shift: the 1990s. Avant-gardes in Eastern Europe and Their Legacy organised by Moderna galerija in 2019.

LETTER of cultural workers of Belarus

19 August 2020 | 11:00
In solidarity with the fight of cultural workers of Belarus we are publishing their letter with demand to stop the acts of violence against civilians, release all political prisoners, hold new transparent elections and provide Belarusian citizens with free access to information and the right to peaceful assembly.

The International Arteast 2000+ Collection Celebrates 20 Years!

24 June 2020
In 2000, Moderna galerija in Ljubljana founded the Arteast 2000+ Collection and staged its first public presentation in an unrenovated building of a former army barracks in the city’s Metelkova complex – in the building that now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. Arteast 2000+ is the first ever museum collection conceived and assembled with a view to giving prominence to East European postwar avant-gardes.

EPUB | Austerity and Utopia

04 June 2020 | 13:00
The Internationale Online platform has published a new e-pub entitled Austerity and Utopia. It was planned a long time before the pandemic but now shows that elements were pointing to a possible crisis of this nature long before its emergence. At the present time, one can no longer think in terms of abundance, in terms of the desire of accumulation and the capitalist utopia, which only creates inequality and exhaustion.

CATALOGUE | U3, Dead & Alive

03 June 2020 | 10:00
The bilingual catalog of the 9th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3, Alive & Dead has been published. The editor of the catalog is the guest curator of the triennial Vít Havránek with his contribution of the introductory text and the text of the artist Nika Autor. On 255 pages there are also contributions from other participating artists, photos from the exhibition, comments on the exhibited works and responses to the comments made during the exhibition.

L’INTERNATIONALE STATEMENT | Towards a healthy society

14 May 2020 | 14:00
In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, the L’Internationale museums have firstly been concerned to offer an efficient solidarity to our freelance colleagues who have lost their income or access to healthcare. We have decided to follow a path of care, support and reflection for the immediate future and to focus on health in the broad sense of social and individual well-being.

Welcome Back! MG+MSUM opened for public

5 May 2020 | 10.00
The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelova will be opened for public on Thursday, 5 May 2020, at 10 a.m..

IMPORTANT NOTICE | Announcing the opening of the museums for public

29 April 2020 | 12:00
The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelova will be opened for public on Thursday, 5 May 2020, at 10 a.m..

Instructions for social distancing

Safe entry to the museum

FUNDRAISER | Artists for Moria

From 21 Aprila 2020
Sixteen international artists are donating their works for the refugees in Moria. All proceeds go to assist the efforts of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the island of Lesvos, Greece to expand the provision of water and sanitation infrastructures to the refugee camps and scaling up the recruitment of extra medical, paramedical, support staff and the acquisition of necessary equipment.

As You Go Journal

16 April 2020 | 13:00
At the current time, Biljana Ciric initiated a series of commentaries on the pandemic from Belgrade, Ljubljana, Addis Ababa, Bishkek, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to reflect challenges in a new reality. The As You Go Journal is published on the What Could Should Curating Do? (WCSCD) platform.

Fill Two Needs with One Deed

From 17 March 2020 —
Moderna galerija is setting up a network of solidarity called “Fill Two Needs with One Deed”, aimed at two groups: artists and others in the field of culture who are ill or in the high-risk group and need help as they find themselves isolated in their homes, and the students and others who work as museum attendants and have remained without income virtually overnight as the museums closed.

IMPORTANT NOTICE | Help stop the spread of coronavirus

13 March 2020 | 10:00
From 13 March 2020, Moderna galerija and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova is closed for public until further notice.

OPEN CALL | 3 research residencies at Museo Reina Sofía Madri, Spain

DEADLINE | 31 March 2020
The common goal of such Residencies is to foster research and participation in a process of reflection by making available MNCARS’ bibliographical and documentary resources, in addition to participation in research hubs linked to the project “Our Many Europes” and in research communities organised around the MNCARS Study Centre.

OPEN CALL | Spring Curatorial Program in Vienna

DEADLINE | 5 March 2020
Spring Curatorial Program 2020: Art Geographies focuses on issues of art, theory and politics dealing with borders, maps, myths, landscapes, territories, sound and other planetary phenomena of today’s geographies.

OPEN CALL | Geographic Focus Residency

DEADLINE | 16 January 2020 | 23.59
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute is looking for emerging Slovenian artists to join the 2020 edition of its Artists Development Programme (ADP), a 6 to 8 weeks long residency programme in Luxembourg, under the mentorship of renowned Finnish photographer Jorma Puranen.

The ICOM Slovenia 2019 Award goes to Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned

12 December 2019 | 12:00
Th annual award for the promotion of this year’s ICOM theme (Museums as cultural centers – the future of tradition) went to the Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned exhibition curated by Bojana Piškur and staged at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova between 7 March and 10 September 2019.


Thursday, 10 October 2019 | 5 p.m. — 6.10 p.m.
On behalf of the artist Ištvan Išt Huzjan and the 9th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3, Dead and Alive, you are invited to take part in the dance performance The Last Kolo.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Field Kitchen Academy | Educational Residency at Wüsten Buchholz.

The FIELD KITCHEN ACADEMY is an interdisciplinary educational residency programme that gathers artists/creative minds, a resident chef and prominent experts from different fields together around a kitchen table through mind-opening acts and actions.

ANNOUNCEMENT | The Styria Artist in Residence Scholarship (St.A.i.R.)

DEADLINE | 30 August 2019
On behalf of the Regional Minister of Culture Mr. Christopher Drexler the Regional Government of Styria allocates scholarships for young people (maximum 40 years old) for the year 2020. These scholarships will be for international artists of all kinds as well as for art theorists. The scholarship requires the presence of the artists/theorists.

OPEN CALL | BIO 26: Designathon

DEADLINE | Sunday 21 April 2019
The Museum of Architecture and Design is launching an open call for participation in the 26th Biennial of Design, BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, curated by Austrian design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler together with assistant curator Aline Lara Rezende.

OPEN CALL | WHW Akademija, 2019 – 2020

Application Deadline: 29 April 2019
Curatorial collective What, How and for Whom / WHW announces an open call for applications to participate in the second year of WHW Akademija, an international art study program based in Zagreb, Croatia. The program runs from 4 November 2019 to 31 May 2020.

CATALOGUE | Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned

Thursday, 7 March 2019
Catalogue of the Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned exhibition published by Moderna galerija with research texts by Bojana Piškur, Chương-Đài Võ, Samia Zennadi, Teja Merhar and Anej Korsika.


01 March 2019 | 10:00
Miha Maleš, Faces of Dream and Maks Kavčič monograph.


Draught is a series of solo exhibitions on the ground floor of Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM presenting younger artists and fresh new ideas in the field of contemporary art.

OPEN CALL | Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

Deadline: 11 January 2019
Independent Curators International (ICI), in collaboration with Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC), produces the Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans, Louisiana. From 22 to 28 March 2019, a one-week professional development program offers curators the opportunity to explore art production and international connections currently developing in New Orleans and the greater Gulf of Mexico region.

70+7 | On this day ...

28 December 2006
This year, Moderna galerija is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, a part of Moderna galerija, its 7th anniversary. On this day 16 September 1996 Moderna galerija presented an exhibition of New acquisitions of Moderna galerija of Zdenko Huzjan.

ONLINE EXHIBITION | Transfer | Circuits

08 October 2018 — 31 December 2018
For a number of years, City of Women festival and Web Museum by Moderna galerija, Ljubljana collaborates in inventory and archiving of the rich contents from the festival's history. The exhibition Transfer | Circuits curated by Lenka Đorojević and Alja Lobnik have selected 35 archival video materials of artists from the field of performing arts who have played a crucial role in the formation of the performative scene and practices.

BOOK OF THE MONTH | Monument – Drago Tršar & Hello World. Revising a Collection

28 September 2018 | 14:00
In October we highlight two publications that were published with the exhibitions. Catalogue on the Monument – Drago Tršar exhibition & catalogue of Hello World. Revising a Collection exhibition, held this year at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart.

IN MEMORIAM | Geta Brătescu (1926–2018)

19 September 2018 | 16:00
Geta Brătescu, one of central figures of the Romanian avant-garde has died at 92.


17 September 2018 — 19 September 2018
Last week, between 17 and 19 September, a meeting of L’Internationale, a confederation of seven museums – MACBA (Barcelona), Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Antwerp), SALT (Istanbul and Ankara), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), and the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid) – was held in Madrid.

CATALOGUE | Monument – Drago Tršar

At MG+MSUM bookstores from 4 September 2018
On the occasion of Monument – Drago Tršar exhibition, Moderna galerija published an extensive publication, with 256 pages and 215 reproductions. Monograph was edited by Marko Jenko, who is also author of the text; biobibliography was prepared by Bojana Rogina, and designed by Darko Pokorn.

OPEN CALL: Managing Editor L’Internationale online platform "Our Many Europes" (2018–2022)

Application deadline: 5 October 2018
Valand Academy and L’Internationale confederation of European museums wish to appoint a Managing Editor for L’Internationale online platform. The position is linked to the four year programme "Our Many Europes" (EACEA 32/2017), and appointed as an Adjunct at Valand Academy for the duration.

OPEN CALL | 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil: Imagined Communities

Deadline: 10 August 2018, by 6:00 p.m.
​Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Sesc São Paulo, make public the opening of Artist applications for selection to participate in the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil.

EXHIBITION at MIMA | New Mappings of Europe: This Is Water

16 June 2018 — 07 October 2018
The exhibition at MIMA – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the context of New Mappings of Europe project looks at the long histories of migration that have forged the current shape of the UK. It is about the rich languages, cultures and identities that are formed by many ethnicities and nationalities coming together. It highlights the dominance that some groups of people hold over others and the damage that racism continues to have.

2019 VENICE BIENNALE | Marko Peljhan

20 April 2018 | 12:00
Marko Peljhan is an artist and researcher working in and between art, technology and science. His projects, initiatives, and collaborations span a vast area ranging from ecology and social reflection to tactical media, technology, space explorations and geopolitics.

BOOK PRESENTATION | 21 Women from Ljubljana

14 February 2018 | 18:00
Presentation of the collection of verse by Mohamad Abdul Moaenem 21 Women from Ljubljana. The poems by Mohamad Abdul Moaenem, a refugee from Syria, are dedicated to the women that have impacted him since his arrival in Ljubljana two years ago.

The Lives of Monuments: World War II and Public Monuments in Slovenia 1945-1980

02 February 2018 | 12:00
The student documentary exhibition The Lives of Monuments, on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue Življenja spomenikov: Druga svetovna vojna in javni spomeniki v Sloveniji 1945-1980/ The Lives of Monuments: World War II and Public Monuments in Slovenia 1945-1980, which will be available in the bookstores of Moderna galerija and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova from 8 February on.

SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION | Dedicated to Zoran Mušič in Trieste

26 January 2018 | 10:00 | Revoltella Museum, Trieste
After the extraordinary discovery of Zoran Mušič’s Dachau drawings, the Revoltella Museum in Trieste is preparing a symposium dedicated to Zoran Mušič and followed by the opening of the exhibition, where the found drawings will be on display for the first time.

Café and snack bar + Kantina

From 21 December 2017 | 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
+ Kantina is a space that provides alternative economies for affirmations of the knowledge of migrants and it aims to build social networks and exchange ideas in the wider area of Metelkova.

CALL FOR PAPERS | International Symposium: Social Choreography

Date: 10 November 2017 | Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2017
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as a title and a brief bio-bibliography, in either Word or PDF format to The deadline for submission is 10 October 2017.

SPECIAL OFFER | Adam Harvey: Privacy Gift Shop

20 June 2017 — 21 July 2017
From 20 June to 21 July 2017 the Depository Bookstore at Museum od Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM will host Privacy Gift Shop, a project by Berlin-based American Adam Harvey produced for Aksioma Project Space.

CATALOGUE | Andraž Šalamun

05 April 2017 | 10:00
The catalogue of a retrospective exhibition Andraž Šalamun presents essays of four authors in Slovenian and English, who interpret the opus of the painter and place them historically in the context of Slovenian and wider pictorial art.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | War, Revolution and Memory

17 February 2017 — 18 February 2017
In what ways did the change of political paradigm make these monuments undesirable in the post-socialist countries? Have processes of denial and suppression contributed to the cancellation of an inherent ideological charge of these monuments? If so, are we allowed to treat them exclusively as aesthetic objects, particularly when they are preserved in fragments?

DISCOUNT | MG+ Bookstore | Depository Bookstore | 8 February 2017

08 February 2017 | 10:00
Special offer on books and catalogues on Day of Culture, 8 February 2017.

GLOSSARY OF COMMON KNOWLEDGE | Other Institutionatlity

17 January 2017 — 18 January 2017

International Success of the NSK Project

12 January 2017 | 10:00
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.


Deadline, 1 November 2016 | 24:00
Open call for submission of abstracts for International conference War, Revolution and Memory: Post-War Monuments in Post-Communist Europe in Zagreb. Deadline: 1 November 2016.

LIBRARY WINDOW 7 | John Cage in Black Mountain College | May—July 2016

10 May 2016 — 30 June 2016
Library Window are temporary exhibitions of publications that are available at the MG+MSUM Library. Each exhibition in the windows at +MSUM's library presents a particular topic from library's collection of books to the museum visitors such as monographs and exhibition catalogs of artists and art groups, art magazines, publications in the field of art theory, book collections and last but no least valuable and rare publications.

DISCOUNTS | MG+ Bookstore | Depository Bookstore

27 April 2016 — 11 September 2016
Special offer on catalogues till September 2016.

Europeana 280

21 April 2016 | 11:00
Europeana 280 – an EU-level initiative to encourage awareness of the art treasures held in each country and across Europe and to support the launch of the new Europeana Art History Channel.

DISCOUNTS | MG+ Bookstore | Depository Bookstore | February

01 February 2016 — 29 February 2016
Special offer on books and catalogues in February 2016.

DISCOUNTS | MG+ Bookstore | Depository Bookstore | January 2016

01 January 2016 — 31 January 2016
Special offer on books and catalogues in January 2016.

Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art: Lesson 1 at MSU Zagreb

MSU Zagreb, 08 December 2015 — 31 January 2016
Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art | LESSON 1

DISCOUNTS | MG+ Bookstore | Depository Bookstore | December 2015

03 December 2015 | 10:00
Special offer on books and catalogues in December 2015.

PERIPHERAL EXPRESSIONISMS | International workshop

03 December 2015 — 06 December 2015
Jacobs University Bremen organises an international workshop in the framework of artistic networks and cultural exchange between Germany and its eastern neighbors in the context of the European avant-garde.

OPEN CALL for Slovenia-based artists

22 July 2015 — 31 December 2015
Open call for participants of the 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia – U3 at Museum of Modern Art, MG+ curated by Boris Groys.

STATEMENT on the hunger strike of Miha Turšič, acting director of KSEVT

09 October 2015 | 18:00
Moderna galerija has complied with Miha Turšič’s request to stage his hunger strike on the museum premises during the museum’s opening hours.

Negotiating Institutions - TATE Liverpool

11 December 2014 | 10:00
The MEETING Negotiating institutions takes place today at Tate Liverpool. It is conceived within the terms of the project The Uses of Art and it aims to debate the conditions of a negotiation that involves cultural institutions and groups from different parts of Europe.

11th KEF (Short Electronic Form) Competition "30 sec in exyu"

08 February 2011 | 00:00
Participating authors are expected to answer to the contest topic with works that last no longer than 30 seconds or can be viewed, heard or consumed during that time. The KEF production consist mainly of short videos, but works appear also in the form of spoof ads, web banners, audio jingles, screen savers, even web sites etc.


List of news and announcements of the MG+MSUM.

Moderna Coffee Shop

Best coffee at the Museum of Modern Art

NEW ARRIVALS | May & June 2020

Professional literature in the bookstores of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova from MIT Press, University Press Group publishing.

INTERVIEW | Asta Vrečko’s Interview with Aleksander Bassin

The interview was conducted at the occasion of the Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned exhibition, since Bassin had been actively involved in various fields of Yugoslavia’s international collaborations in culture.

ŠUM #11 | Hypersonic Hyperstitions

Marko Peljhan invited Šum journal to produce a special issue that would accompany his exhibition Here we go again … SYSTEM 317 in the Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

PUBLICATION | Zdenka Badovinac, Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe

Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe gathers twenty years of writings from disparate and hard-to-find sources alongside new texts from the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac.


Books of the Month at the Museum of Modern Art plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova bookstores.

BOOK OF THE MONTH | Stojan Kerbler & Hello World

In December we highlight two publications. Stojan Kerbler was published on the occasion of the artist's retrospective exhibition at Moderna galerija & a catalogue Hello World. Revising a Collection published by one of the central Berlin exhibition venues Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart.

NEW ARRIVALS | Why Art Museums?

Alexander Dorner (1893–1957) became Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 1938, and immediately began a radical makeover of the galleries, drawing on theories he had developed in collaboration with modernist artists during his directorship of the Provinzialmuseum in Hanover, Germany.

NEW ARRIVALS | The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

V sedemdesetih letih so ženske umetnice začele raziskovati vizualne predstavitve njihovega lastnega jaza. Urednica Gabriele Schor raziskuje feministično avantgardo, da bi poudarila vlogo, ki so jo imele umetnice v zadnjih štirih desetletjih. Rezultati so provokativni, radikalni, poetični, ironični, jezni, cinični in srčni.

BOOK OF THE MONTH | Stojan Kerbler & What's the Use?

In November we highlight two publications. Stojan Kerbler was published on the occasion of the artist's retrospective exhibition at Moderna galerija. A critical reader What's the Use? Constellations of art, history, and knowledge was published on the initiative of L'internationale confederation.
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