• Zdenka Badovinac at Summer School as School 2018
Zdenka Badovinac: Destabilizing the National Museum

Zdenka Badovinac at Summer School as School 2018
July 31, 2018, 20:00
Venue: Boxing Club

Summer School as School
July 16 – August 2, 2018

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is pleased to announce the presentation “Destabilizing the national museum” by Zdenka Badovinac, part of Summer School as School 2018 Public Program.

The purpose of this lecture is to reflect on the role of the museum today, in a time of increasing extreme right-wing positions, xenophobia and populism, while particularly focusing on the refugee crisis in Europe. The question it asks is the extent to which it is possible to destabilise the existing national museum model. In a way, it is to be able to organise memories differently, not only strengthening the existing identities and their cultural space, in a way that includes more than individual national identities and common European values.

Zdenka Badovinac has been Director of Moderna galerija/ Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana since 1993. She has curated numerous exhibitions presenting both Slovenian and international artists, and she initiated the first collection of Eastern European art, Moderna galerija’s 2000+ Arteast Collection.

She has been systematically dealing with the processes of redefining history and with the questions of different avant-garde traditions of contemporary art, starting with the exhibition “Body and the East— From the 1960s to the Present” (Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 1998; Exit Art, New York, 2001). She continued in 2000 with the first public display of the 2000+ Arteast Collection: “2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West at Moderna galerija” (2000); and then with a series of Arteast Exhibitions, mostly at Moderna galerija: “Form-Specific” (2003); “7 Sins: Ljubljana-Moscow” (2004; co-curated with Victor Misiano and Igor Zabel); “Interrupted Histories” (2006); “Arteast Collection 2000+23” (2006); “The Schengen Women” (2008), Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project; and “Old Masters” (2008), Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., Center in galerijaP74, Ljubljana, also part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project.
Badovinac’s other major projects include unlimited.nl-3, DeAppel, Amsterdam (2000); (un)gemalt, Sammlung Essl, Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg/Vienna (2002); ev+a 2004, Imagine Limerick, Open&Invited, different exhibition venues, Limerick (2004); and Democracies for the Tirana Biennale (2005). She was also Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale (1993–1997, 2005) and Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial (2002).