Exhibiting in Slovenia symposium, 5.-6. 12. 2019, Ljubljana
David Nez’s Conceptual Work as Shown in Experimentally Significant Slovenian Exhibition Designs from 1969
This analysis includes David Nez’s "Jungle" and "Roof" at the Great-Grandfathers exhibition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Zagreb of February 1969. The Zagreb exhibition merits comparison with the subsequent Great-Great-Grandfathers exhibition in Novi Sad of November 1969. Additionally, Nez’s work, "Cosmology", represents an experimentally significant exhibition design based on spontaneity. "Cosmology" was part of Atelier 69, featuring works by OHO at Ljubljana’s Museum of Modern Art, from February to April in 1969, followed by an open-air exhibition of the group’s works held outside the museum. These three exhibitions were a turning point, from the late 1960s forward, in which display space became less static and more engaged with artists, thereby influencing the evolving form of exhibitions in Slovenia.
Megan C. McShane is a veteran historian of art and ecology collaborations. She works in transitional, post-Communist, and post-conflict societies including China and former Yugoslavia. Her projects include working with the MIT MediaLab on synthetic biology, artist designed infrastructure projects, and engaging with art in the public sphere. She is the 2019–2020 Fulbright Scholar in Contemporary Art History serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the University of Bihać.
The symposium was organized in cooperation with the Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška and Božidar Jakac Art Museum, and supported by ERSTE Foundation.