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The SCCA (Soros Centers for Contemporary Arts) was a regional programme of the Open Society Institute (OSI). The network was established in Eastern Europe during the early nineties by the American philanthropist, stock investor, and political activist George Soros. The SCCA was an institutional mechanism of the post-communist transition, and its primary role was the modernisation of the artistic discourse in the former communist countries and the republics of the former Soviet Union. The Soros centers sprouted from a small programme called Soros Foundation Fine Arts Documentation Center which was established in 1985 in the Budapest Műcsarnok (Kunsthalle), as part of a cooperation between the Műcsarnok and Soros Foundation Hungary. In the early nineties, under the directorship of Suzanne Mészöly, this program was renamed “Soros Center for Contemporary Art” and following Soros’ suggestion it was implemented in other Eastern European countries. In 1992, in addition to the already existent SCCA Budapest, the OSI opened five more offices in Bratislava [1], Moscow, Prague, Tallinn and Warsaw; in 1993, there were established offices in Bucharest, Riga, Vilnius, Kiev, Ljubljana [2] [3], Zagreb [4] and Sofia. From 1994 to 1999 more centers were opened in St. Petersburg, Belgrade (1994), Skopje, Chișinău (1996), Sarajevo (1996), Odessa (1996), Almaty (1997) increasing their number to 19. (Source)


  • PlatformaSCCA, 4 nos., eds. Barbara Borčić, Urša Jurman, et al., Ljubljana: SCCA-Ljubljana, Jun 2000-Sep 2005. (Slovenian)/(English)


Exhibitions about SCCA[edit]