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Ljubljana’s new Museum of Contemporary Art to open in November

On 26 November at 8 p.m. to be precise. Excellent news indeed.

From a press release:

Starting in the end of this November, Moderna galerija will operate at two separate locations: the Museum of Modern Art will carry on in the existing building in the city center of Ljubljana and the Museum of Contemporary Art in the renovated army barracks building in the new cultural quarter in Metelkova Street.

The new Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova will house the pioneering collection of Eastern European art Arteast 2000+, devoted to postwar avant gardes from the 1960s to the present, and a selection of works from Moderna galerija’s national collection.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova derives its specificity not only from its geopolitical and cultural position, but also from its orientation which questions hegemonic history through a multiplicity of narratives, heterogeneous approaches to historicizing, resonance between the urgencies of different localities, and reciprocal methods of learning.

In addition to the new permanent display of works from the Arteast 2000+ and national collections, the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova will open with the exhibition Museum of Affects, which is part of a long-term research project of the network L’Internationale*. This exhibition attempts to rethink formal methodologies of academic art history and proposes instead to interpret a selection of artworks from the period between 1956 and 1986 from the collections of Ljubljana’s Moderna galerija, Antwerp’s M HKA, Barcelona’s MACBA, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven as intensities or affects, emphasizing their performative rather than representational character.

The first L’Internationale exhibition, Museum of Parallel Narratives, is on view until 2 October 2011 in MACBA Barcelona; the third one, Spirits of Internationalism, in M HKA Antwerp and Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, will be staged in January 2012.

*The founding partners of L’Internationale are the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, the Július Koller Society, Bratislava, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (M HKA), Antwerp.

The Metelkova area, Ljubljana’s lively contemporary art and music haven, is also home to the well-known (and somewhat pricey) Celica hostel, where guests can sleep in reconstructed prison cells, and is less than a 10-minute walk from the central train station.

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