The Museum of Parallel Histories PDF Print

A Selection of Works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection and the National Collection of the Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana

14 May – 2 October 2011
Curated by Zdenka Badovinac

Press conference: Thursday, 12 May, 11.30
Opening of the exhibition: Friday, 13 May, 19.30

The exhibition The Museum of Parallel Histories seeks both to present the Moderna galerija’s Arteast 2000+ Collection, the first-ever collection of post-war avant-garde Eastern European art, and to discover what sort of art system, if any, accompanied the production, presentation, and musealization of these artworks. MoPH speaks of artists who worked along the edges of a well-ordered world and its art system, and, indeed, of itself as the edge of an era that has seen an acceleration in the establishment of an art system in the space I still call Eastern Europe. The exhibition is also connected with the principal idea behind the wide-ranging project L’Internationale, of which it forms a part.

With all of these elements, the exhibition goes beyond the usual methods of presenting Eastern European art, which mainly seek only to offer some condensed information about the art in the region – a few extracts that can hardly convey the complexities of the context. But while providing a good overview of post-war avant-garde art in Eastern Europe, MoPH also sets itself the task of presenting new knowledge about the region. The exhibition draws attention to the fact that museum collections are tools for producing new knowledge and new working methods and not only a means of consolidating the already known. In this way, museums increasingly acquire, along with their representative function, a performative role as well.