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NSK Retrospective to Be Launched

Ljubljana, 11 May - The Moderna galerija in Ljubljana will launch a retrospective exhibition of Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), an acclaimed and controversial Slovenian art collective.

The legendary NSK art collective to get its first retrospective this year. Pictured a reinterpretation of a major Slovenian Impressionist work, Sejalec/The Sower.
Photo: Vesna Pusnik Brezovnik/STA

Legendary experimental band Laibach presenting events to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

The national museum of modern art started planning the "NSK: From Kapital to Capital" show in 2014, when NSK marked its 30th anniversary.

The collective, which had a major impact on the Yugoslav art scene in the 1980s, focused on the relationship between ideology and art in the West and East.

It sought to interpret political and social developments during the Cold War and later the rise of neo-liberalism with retro-avantgarde artistic methods, which often proved controversial.

The show's subtitle "NSK, an event of the final decade of Yugoslavia" symbolically shows NSK's opposition to the country's one-party socialist system and its impact on the transformation to a global capitalist society.

This will be the most comprehensive show on NSK to date featuring original works of art and documents plus archive materials of all NSK members between 1984 and 1992.

New Slovenian Art, as Neue Slowenische Kunst translates, was formed by multi-media music group Laibach, visual art group Irwin and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre.

It then expanded to several more groups, including graphic design studio New Collectivism and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy.

The exhibition was curated by museum boss Zdenka Badovinac, Eda ÄŒufer and Anthony Gardner and will open at 8 PM with an address by Culture Minister Julijana Bizjak Mlakar.

© STA, 2015