Škuc Gallery 40th Anniversary: Institution. A Case Study


On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Škuc Gallery will present three shows reflecting its past and present through re-addressing some of art’s persisting questions. The first of these exhibitions is entitled Institution. A Case Study and tackles the inherent productivity of the institutional through a particular juxtaposition of two past projects. These projects occupy radically opposing ends of the possible interventions in the gallery space: one is an example of a closed gallery, the other of an empty gallery space. The first »case« is a project curated by Alenka Gregorič, the then artistic director of Škuc Gallery, who in 2009 »opened« a show entitled Closed for annual leave by closing the gallery for the duration of the show and sending the participating artists on paid leave. The other, Viktor Bernik’s intervention in the now closed Mala Galerija, revisited the long tradition of emptied exhibition spaces: the artists left the gallery empty and its doors, facing one of the city’s busiest streets, wide open at all hours. Our case study revisits both projects and juxtaposes them, but also adding an intermediary between the two.

The »intermediary« work that enables the coexistence of the two projects, each on its side of the gallery outer walls, is derived from Nika Špan’s 2015 intervention from the soon-to-be-demolished Franciscan monastery in Düsseldorf. Using the built-in serving hatch which connecting the monks’ refectory and kitchen, which opens from both rooms enabling passing the dishes between them, Špan connected the doors of the serving hatch with wooden sticks, so when a visitor opened the door on his side, the door on the other side closed. The same mechanism is now applied to the gallery’s main entry: when a visitor opens the door trying to enter, another door from the inside shut in his face. The gallery is thus simultaneously open and closed, enabling the functioning of both Gregorič’s and Bernik’s exhibition projects: one insisting gallery remains closed while the other keeping it open. What this new constellation produces is a new situation, a result of a reactivation of three separate projects which have been extracted from their original context and used as references. The spatial dynamics between the two exhibition projects, regulated by the door mechanism, puts the emphasis on the issue of the border, the productivity of the institutional membrane as the constitutive moment for the experience of art. The juxtaposed projects and their intermediary produce a situation that spins the positions since it implies the interchangeability of the two sides, which is made acutely aware by the paradoxical presence of the door mechanism.

Institution. A Case Study is, therefore, a meta-exhibition that reiterates the original projects as quotes and in that way strives to continue and further develop some of their conceptual points in terms of reflecting the institutional. By focusing on the limit and the exchangeability of spaces (and positions; of curators, artists, visitors) as well as by referring to rather than re-enacting past exhibition projects, the show entails a different, “side” entry point. The exhibition thus does not exhibit but acts as a setting which some of the participating artists and other invited guest will respond to.


Concept by Vladimir Vidmar and Tjaša Pogačar in dialogue with authors of the original projects: Viktor Bernik, Alenka Gregorič and Nika Špan

Accompanying events:

23.3. at 8:30 pm – Event with Viktor Bernik

27.3. at 6 pm – Lecture by Tomo Stanič

29.3. at 6 pm – Talk with Viktor Bernik and Alenka Gregorič. The talk will be moderated by Vladimir Vidmar in Tjaša Pogačar

PROJECTIONS: Antun Motika and the legacy of experiment



Antun Motika; Ana Hušman & Ivan Marušič Klif, Davor Sanvincenti, Aleksandar Srnec


The exhibition PROJECTIONS builds up on a selection of works by Croatian artist Antun Motika (Pula, 1902 – Zagreb, 1992) while it attempts to contextualise his experiments created from the beginning of the 1940s to the mid-1980s. It brings together various experiments and radical practices by Antun Motika in the context of the avantgarde and neo-avantgarde, from photo collages to experiments with light and projections, which can be divided into two basic groups: the transparencies and the kinetic installations which he sketched in the form of a working diary.

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Katalin Ladik: Screaming Hole


You are kindly invited to the opening of the show on Thursday,  7th of December, at 8 pm.

This exhibition of Katalin Ladik, the exceptional, yet, overlooked artist, whose significance we only began to appreciate in the past few years, is focused on her poetic experiments, on the intersection of the voice, the body, meaning and record. The Screaming Hole is based on works in which Ladik confronts the paradox of the voice as the intersection of language and the body, belonging to neither, yet, serving as the site of their encounter.

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Špela Petrič & Miha Turšič – Liminal Agents


You are kindly invited to the opening of the show on Thursday, 12th of October, at 7 pm.

Given the presented projects, we may try to indicate the variegated and complex issues raised by Špela Petrič in Miha Turšič in their research-oriented art practice with the question that seems to motivate these practical attempts. This is the question of the possibilities and ways of establishing a relation to the non-human – be it vegetal, animal or technological other – that would not be based on privileging the “human”. The projects do not focus much on a critique of anthropocentrism; rather, they arise from its very crisis, which is growing deeper in the age of the Anthropocene due to the global economic processes, environmental changes, research in the fields of cognitive, biological and information sciences and technological development.

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Goran Petercol: Hierarchical rows


You are kindly invited to the opening of the show on Thursday, 14th September, at 8 pm at Škuc Gallery.

The lack of any evocative or associative referential framework is probably one of the first things we experience when encountering Goran Petercol’s work. We look in vain for entry points for metaphorical readings or appropriated quotes that would open for us a suggestive line, as the current practices of cultural and artistic appropriation are so keen to do. Even though the initial encounter with his works temporarily denies us the usefulness of everyday mechanisms for reading the world and art, this is by no means an encounter that would refer to a metaphysical experience of any kind. On the contrary, we are surrounded by recognisable phenomena, materials or objects that, to a certain point, even behave the way we are accustomed to. However, at that certain point, the expected connections fail completely and we are no longer able to situate the events within systemic frameworks that provide a meaningful haven.

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tech x space

© Christopher Kulendran Thomas / Creative Direction: Annika Kuhlmann, Photography: Joseph Kadow

Aleksandra Domanović, Harun Farocki, Vadim Fiškin, Pakui Hardware, Christopher Kulendran Thomas (in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann), Marko Peljhan, Fatima Al Qadiri and Dalton Caldwell.

You are kindly invited to the opening of the show on Tuesday, 8th of August, at 8 pm.

New technologies are crucial to the acceleration of capitalist operations and, consistent with them, they are no longer oriented primarily towards human actors or instrumental to them. The exhibition is focused on the role of digital technologies and planetary computation for the organisation of global space, which is structured by them in ways, on a scale and at a rate that evade human perceptive and cognitive capacities. The exhibition registers the consequences and the potentials of shifting the driving force of social organisation towards automated and increasingly autonomous processes. Furthermore, it opens the question of how contemporary art, which as a field is still largely bound to its humanist base and (human) spectator, can register the rise of non-human actors, networks and systems, which take on an increasingly leading role in the organisation of complex contemporary capitalist societies.

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This is Not a Name


32nd Graphic Biennial: Birth as Criterion

You are kindly invited to the opening of the show on Friday, 16th of June, from 6-10 pm. On Saturday, 17th of June, we cordially invite you to take part in the guided tour of the exhibition, headed by Miklavž Komelj.

With the invitation from the director of the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Nevenka Šivavec, to join forces and try to confront the renewed reduction of the biennial’s significance to dichotomous debates about outmoded binary positions such as old/new, graphic/non-graphic, media/contemporary, the members of the biennial’s collective have been given a far-reaching task to consider. Read more…

Open Call


Open Call

Urška Aplinc, Maks Bricelj, Maja Burja, Gašper Capuder, Janja Kosi, Blaž Miklavčič, Danilo Milovanović

31.5. – 9.6.2017


Every art scene, the specific space and time-bound environment of art production, is dominated by discourses that offer local art production a conceptual framework and a theoretical context, its points and field of reference, while at the same time they also, to a large extent, determine art production both in terms of the coordinates of its reflexivity and in terms of the ways its ideas materialise. Read more…

re- Exhibition on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the World of Art, School for Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing


World of Art | School for Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing | Year 16

You are kindly invited to attend the opening of the exhibition re-, an exhibition on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the World of Art, School for Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing, on Tuesday, 9 May, at 8 pm in Škuc Gallery.Artists: Rene Rusjan, Blaž Miklavčič

Curators: Lenka Đorojević, Miha Kelemina
Assistant: Lara Plavčak

The exhibition was prepared and realized with the help of the participants of the World of Art School, Year 16: Urška Aplinc, Živa Brglez, Maja Burja, Anabel Karolyn Černohorski, Magdalena Germek, Anja Guid, Nika Ham, Ajda Ana Kocutar, Iza Pevec, Adrijan Praznik, Nina Tepeš.

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