Zdenka Badovinac

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Zdenka Badovinac. Photo: Igor Anđelić.

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and writer who has served since 1993 as Director of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, comprised since 2011 of two locations: the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. In her work, Badovinac highlights the difficult processes of redefining history alongside different avant-garde traditions within contemporary art.

Badovinac’s first exhibition to address these issues was Body and the East: From the 1960s to the Present (1998). She also initiated the first Eastern European art collection, Arteast 2000+. One her most important recent projects is NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst: An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Moderna galerija, 2015 (traveled to Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2016; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2016; and the Museo Reina Sofía Madrid, 2017); NSK State Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, 2017, co-curated with Charles Esche; The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents Exhibition, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2017, co-curated with Bojana Piškur; Hello World. Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2018; Sites of Sustainability Pavilions, Manifestos and Crypts, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2018-2019; Heavenly Beings: Neither Human nor Animal, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, co-curated with Bojana Piškur, 2018.

Badovinac was Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1997, 2005 and 2017, and Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2002 and the President of CIMAM, 2010-2013. (2019)

Publications[edit]

Books
  • Avtentični interes, Ljubljana: Maska, 2010, 191 pp. [1] (Slovenian)
  • editor, with Bojana Piškur and Jesús Carrillo, Glossary of Common Knowledge, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2018, 349 pp. Online platform. [2] [3] (English)
  • Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, ed. J. Myers-Szupinska, forew. Kate Fowle, New York: Independent Curators International (ICI), 2019, 250 pp. Excerpt. [4] [5] [6] (English)
Catalogues
  • editor, Body and the East: od šestdesetih let do danes / From the 1960s to the Present, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999, 192 pp. [7] (Slovenian)/(English)
  • editor, 2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West. From the 1960s to the Present. Exhibition of Works for an Emerging Collection, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2000. (Slovenian)/(English)
  • editor, with Peter Weibel, 2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe: A Selection of Works for the International and National Collections of Moderna Galerija Ljubljana: Orangerie Congress-Innsbruck, 14-21 November 2001, Vienna/Bozen: Folio, 2001, 248 pp. (English)
  • editor, Ungemalt. anlässlich der Ausstellung / (Un)painted: Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg: Sammlung Essl, 2002, 168 pp. (German)/(English)
  • editor, Selected Works of Slovene Artists from the Museum of Modern Art Collections 1950-2000, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2002, 239 pp. (English)
  • editor, with Tamara Soban, Prekinjene zgodovine: ArtEast razstava / Interrupted Histories: ArtEast Exhibition, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2006, [70] pp. On the artistic-archiving strategies in the former Eastern Bloc. (Slovenian)/(English)
  • editor, with Bojana Piškur and Igor Španjol, Glossary of the Present and Presence / Pojmovnik sedanjosti in prisotnosti, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2011, 110 pp. (English)/(Slovenian)
  • co-editor, Stari mojstri / Old Masters, Ljubljana: Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., 2011, 44 pp. [8] [9] (Slovenian)/(English)
  • co-editor, Sedanjost in prisotnost - ponovitev 1: izbor del iz zbirke Arteast 2000+ in nacionalne zbirke Moderne galerije / The Present and Presence: Repetition 1: A Selection of Works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection and the National Collection of Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2012, 189 pp. Exhibition. (Slovenian)/(English)
  • editor, with Eda Čufer and Anthony Gardner, NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst: An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Ljubljana: Moderna Galerija, 2015, 83 pp. (English)
  • co-editor, Nebeška bitja. Ne človek ne žival / Heavenly Beings: Neither Human nor Animal, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2018. Exhibition. (Slovenian)
Proceedings
Essays
  • "Prekinjene zgodovine", in Prekinjene zgodovine: ArtEast razstava / Interrupted Histories: ArtEast Exhibition, eds. Zdenka Badovinac and Tamara Soban, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2006. (Slovenian)
    • "Interrupted Histories", in Prekinjene zgodovine: ArtEast razstava / Interrupted Histories: ArtEast Exhibition, eds. Zdenka Badovinac and Tamara Soban, Ljubljana: Moderna galerija, 2006; repr., e-cart 7, Mar 2006; repr. in Promises of the Past: A Discontinuous History of Art in Former Eastern Europe, eds. Christine Macel and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Zurich: JRP/Ringier, and Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2010; repr., abridged, in Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology, eds. Ana Janevski, Roxana Marcoci, and Ksenia Nouril, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018, pp 143-146. (English)
    • "Histoires interrompues", trans. Jean-Francois Allain, in Les Promesses du passé: une histoire discontinue de l'art dans l'ex-Europe de l'Est, eds. Christine Macel and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Zurich: JRP/Ringier, and Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2010, pp 222-223. Trans. of abridged version. (French)

Interviews, conversations[edit]

  • with Eda Čufer, Cristina Freire, Boris Groys, Charles Harrison, Vít Havránek, Piotr Piotrowski, and Branka Stipančić, "Conceptual Art and Eastern Europe: Part I", e-flux 40 (Dec 2012); Part 2, e-flux 41 (Jan 2013). Based on a conference organised by Zdenka Badovinac in Ljubljana, 2007. (English)

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