CHILDREN’S DRAWING – 28TH COMPETITION FOR ORIGINAL ART AND LITERARY WORKS AND PHOTOGRAPHY
>> On display from 17 September until 10 October 2021.
The City Municipality of Slovenj Gradec, in cooperation with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU), organized already the 28th competition for original children’s art and literary works and photography to which children from different schools and kindergartens in Slovenia have applied. This year’s competition is special, as it combines works for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 school years.
In 2019/2020, children engaged with the themes of Plant World (on the occasion of the International Year of Plant Health), Music Connects Us (on the 100th anniversary of composer Hugo Wolf’s birth) and The Mountain Above Us (on the 100th anniversary of the birth of academic painter Karl Pečko). In 2020/2021, they were creating works based on the themes The Golden Apple (on the occasion of the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables), May Help Never Rest (about the epidemic of COVID-19) and Summer (on the 160th anniversary of Slovenian painter Ivana Kobilca’s birth).
An expert jury composed of Neja Kaiser (curator of the KGLU’s educational programmes), Katarina Hergold Germ (curator at the KGLU) and Leon Ravlan (art educator) selected 385 works from the applications to be included in the exhibition. Among the proposed themes, children most often chose to engage with the Mountain Above Us and Summer, but other topics were also well represented. In selecting the works, the expert committee took into account relevance to the proposed themes, the power of the message, the originality of the motif and technical accomplishment. In the works that were received for the competition, tempera, coloured pencils and collage dominate among the techniques, but there are also surprisingly many prints, given the current conditions.
Children’s works will be exhibited from 17 September to 10 October 2021 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška in Slovenj Gradec, and the opening will take place without an opening event. You are invited to visit free of charge!