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For my eyes only

UGM Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor

The VJP collection has been compiled over the last 20 years and includes the global names of visual art and design from the 1970s to present. It contains works by over 150 authors from Europe, USA, South America and Asia.

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Curated by Simona Vidmar and Maja Vardjan

Artists: Ignasi Aballi, Ricci Albenda, John Armleder, David Byrne, Alejandro Cesarco, Nina Beier, Braco Dimitrijević, Angus Fairhurst, Bernard Frize, Thomas Grünfeld, Alexander Gutke, Jeppe Hein, James Hopkins, Chris Johanson, Martin Kippenberger, Alicja Kwade, Oliver Laric, Homas Locher, Kris Martin, Jonathan Monk, Sirous Namazi, Wilfredo Prieto, Dan Rees, Thomas Ruff, David Shrigley, Bob And Roberta Smith, Do Ho Suh, Ignacio Uriarte, Fredrik Vaerslev, Johannes Wohnseifer, Cerith Wyn Evans, Remy Zaugg

Designers: Sergio Asti, Gijs Bakker, Ward Bennett, Andrea Branzi,Campana brothers, Pierre Charpin, Anne Marie Geurink, Johanna Grawunder, Ineke Hans, Shiro Kuramata, Dom Hans vander Laan, Lucas Maassen, Enzo Mari, Ingo Maurer, Jasper Morrison, Pierre Paulin, Gerrit Rietveld, Ettore Sottsass, Peter Traag, Robert Willson

Although there have never been so many collectors of contemporary art as now, the life of private collections in Slovenia remains the same as always: private. As a result private collections as inaccessible archives of creativity, intended for their owners’ personal pleasure and hidden from the external world, have become obsessive objects of desire of the public and have gained on sex appeal. Is the private life of art works really so much more interesting? Where is the borderline between the “mine" and the “ours” in art? These are the questions asked in the first Slovene public disclosure of the intimate relationship between a private collector and his/her art.

The VJP collection has been compiled over the last 20 years and includes the global names of visual art and design from the 1970s to present. It contains works by over 150 authors from Europe, USA, South America and Asia. The collection is very private and highly unusual, yet without the tendency to be eccentric and exaggerated. With its design and artworks it offers a possible scenography for a 21st century monastic order: meditative, intelligent, strict and slightly erotic.

VJP Art Collection includes mainly concise acquisitions from the last 10 years, focused on very fresh works, rarely more than a few years old. They mostly belong to the field of neo-conceptual art with lots of white space, sharp humour and clear forms. The collection includes big names like the Neue Wilde Martin Kippenberger, a whole range of humorous interventions by the YBAs (Young British Artists) such as Bob and Roberta Smith, Angus Fairhurst and David Shrigley, international stars from other continents, for instance the Korean artist Do Hu Suh and the founding member of Talking Heads David Byrne, as well as several rising stars of the contemporary art scene, such as Alejandro Cesarco (Uruguay), Kris Martin (Belgium), Alexander Gutke (Sweden) or the Polish/German artist Alicja Kwade.

The collection contains works that either intentionally or instinctively create a kind of fragmented narrative and guide us towards specific readings – to examination of modern issues, observations and suggestions. The collection of contemporary art meets the design collection which consists of various products, ranging from small objects to larger pieces of furniture. These objects do not belong to the rational world of industrial design; instead they are marked by a clear concept as the Zeitgeist commentary. To a large extent, they have been created as limited series for specific projects or as experimental, often hand-made pieces of furniture. The collection includes works by Dutch modernists, such as Gerrit Rietveld and Dom van der Laan, objects by Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi and other protagonists of the 1980s Italian design, contemporary Avant-garde Dutch and Belgian design by Peter Traag, Gijs Bakker and Lucas Maassen as well as the classic authors Shiro Kuramata and Pierre Charpin. The design collection items are not seen as priceless objects placed on pedestal, but are part of life intended for every-day use.

The exhibition held on the top floor of the former Slavija Hotel will be set up as a complete installation, as a private scenography or a labyrinth through personal obsessions. In Marcel Duchamp’s words: "One half of the artwork is created by the artist, and the collector completes the other half".

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Opening: Thursday, 11 April 2013, at 19:00

UGM Maribor Art Gallery
Strossmayerjeva ulica 6, Maribor
Hours: Tuesday –Sunday: 10.00−18.00, closed Monday
Adults 3 €
Students, senior citizens 2 €
Families (2 adults + children) 6 €
Groups of min. 10 persons 2 €
Children younger than 12 years Free
UGM Club members Free
Young friends of UGM Free
Slovene art students Free
Unemployed Free
Every Saturday from 11.00-14.00 Free

Herman Pivk
dal 11/7/2013 al 5/10/2013

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