>> Opening: January 25th at 6 p.m.
>> Curator: Katarina Hergold Germ
>> Exhibiting artists: Klemen Brun, Maša Gala, Duša Jesih, Dora Kaštrun, Vladimir Leben, Marko Pak, Arjan Pregl, Žiga Rehar, Lucija Stramec, Matjaž Stražar, Brane Širca
The special exhibition in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU) is the result of the project Open Gallery, which has been organized as part of the Week of Amateur Culture by the Slovenian Public Fund for Cultural Activities in the past three years. The project, which was initiated by artists, offered them a chance to present their work outside regular exhibition venues and thus address a broader audience. Simultaneously with the Open Gallery exhibition the Open Studios activity took place – the participating artists opened their studious to visitors, thus providing the experience of immediate contact with spaces where art is created and establishing an open field of communication between artists and the interested public. Each year, more artists joined the project so that last year, there were ten participants already. First the artists exhibited their works on various billboards around Ljubljana (Kolizej, Bežigrajski dvor, Jadranska and Celovška Streets), thus transforming the city into an open gallery by placing works of art into public space.
In Slovenj Gradec, The Open Gallery project has been upgraded in collaboration with the KGLU, as the artists present themselves in the city centre with posters from the Open Gallery exhibition, and in the KGLU with works from their studios and with the topics they otherwise study and express in their works. The selected works from studios reflect the diversity of artistic expressions and offer an insight into the current artistic production of the participating artists. Despite their diversity, it is possible to find in the works of some authors either related themes or similar strategies that they employ to record their own pursuits visually.