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Contemporary painters on show in Moderna Galerija

Ljubljana, 31 January - A group exhibition of young-generation Slovenian painters will open at Moderna Galerija, the national museum of modern art, on Thursday, featuring 23 artists born in the 1970s and 1980s, who entered the art scene in the 1990s or at the turn of the millennium.

Moderna Galerija, the national museum of modern art.
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Curator Martina Vovk says that Time Without Innocence. Recent Painting in Slovenia would like to give an insight into what is going on with painting today.

She believes younger-generation painters perceive painting as a practice which gives them immense possibilities of expression.

And this expression is marked by a kind of lightness and non-attachment to anything sold or final.

The exhibition features works by Viktor Bernik, Suzana Brborović, Gašper Capuder, Ksenija Čerče, Nina Čelhar, Tina Dobrajc, Katja Felle, Mitja Ficko, Mito Gegič, Žiga Kariž, Staš Kleindienst, Vladimir Leben z Ercigoj Art, Uroš Potočnik, Adrijan Praznik, Arjan Pregl, Ana Sluga, Miha Štrukelj, Maruša Šuštar, Iva Tratnik, Sašo Vrabič, Joni Zakonjšek, Marko Zorović and Uroš Weinberger.

The curator says the point at which this generation of painters entered the art scene is not unimportant.

She says in a release that both in Slovenia and the world, the 1990s were an extremely productive and in many ways ground-breaking period.

This was also a time when many models of art from the past were surpassed and reinterpreted.

At the same time, painting as a medium yet again found itself in a difficult position, seemingly pushed to the background when contemporary art was booming with other practices.

Nevertheless, interest in paining did not die away even if the reality was being overflown with images in all spheres of life.

Vovk, however, says the position of painting in the new millennium does not justify innocence in perceiving a painting as a place devoid of memory and history.

The exhibition will be open until the end of March.

© STA, 2019