[NetBehaviour] Laibach at UGM - Maribor Art Gallery.
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Laibach at UGM - Maribor Art Gallery.
UGM l Maribor
Ausstellung Laibach Kunst
24 February-17 April 2011
UGM l Maribor Art Gallery
Curated by: Simona Vidmar, Claudia Richter and Laibach
The internationally renowned multidisciplinary collective and
performance group Laibach are returning to the exhibition space! After
30 years of provocative activities and 'performances', Umetnostna
galerija Maribor / Maribor Art Gallery presents a review of Laibach's
Since their formation in the early 1980s, Laibach have been engaged in
an obsessive dialogue with the totalitarian ideologies of modernity and
their relation to art. Far from being solely intelligible in the
cultural context of 1980s Yugoslavia, their work still offers critical
perspectives to a globalised world which continues to be affected by
modernity's conceptions of the state, the individual, mass culture, art,
and politics. Exhibition at UGM opens new perspectives on Laibach by
highlighting their original beginnings as an'arts' collective. Although
Laibach have repeatedly rejected this designation, their self-fashioning
as 'engineers of the human soul' is telling of the degree to which all
of Laibach's performances have sought to ironize and collapse clear-cut
categories such as 'art', 'politics', and 'popular culture'. Despite
their influence on established artists, theorists and wider audiences,
Laibach occupy an unframed position in the national and international
art scene today. Their explorations into the world of popular music have
gained them international renown. However, all of their performances
have been radically self-reflexive in a way that responds to the
functions ascribed to 'political art' in contemporary society, rather
than to the consumerist and escapist nature of popular music. With their
performances on diverse stages such as galleries, concert halls, opera
houses, TV, internet, video, theatre, industrial power plants and
shopping malls, Laibach represent a unique challenge to the categories
established by Western art criticism.
The exhibition comprises twelve rooms presenting key stages of Laibach's
work from the first decade of their career in the 1980s up to the
present. The works on display include multi-media installations, oil
paintings, photographs, graphic works, and film. A new installation
created especially for this exhibition, titled Artist Perspective, will
be on view. This is the biggest Laibach exhibition in Slovenia to date.
The exhibition is dedicated to the Slovene painter Janez Knez (1931-2011).
The exhibition is supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia.
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