The Slovenian curator, art critic, writer and theorist Igor Zabel (1958–2005) was largely responsible for putting Slovenian art on the map of the international art scene. As senior curator of Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, he was engaged in establishing links between “East” and “West” Europe without losing a critical perspective of the ongoing transformations. In this book, which aims to provide an appreciative insight into Zabel’s far-reaching commitment, with contributions by artists and theorists it will become clear that, despite his unblinking perception of all the apparently unbridgeable differences involved, continuing dialogues played a fundamental role in his practice as both a theorist and a curator.
The aim of the book that accompanies the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory is to continue the theories and approach pursued by Igor Zabel in his exhibitions, publications, critical writings and European exchange initiatives. An introductory round-table session focuses on the historical and local setting which formed the background for his campaigns for an art historical as well as theoretical grounding of Slovene art and for the internationalization of the scene. Participants are Zdenka Badovinac, Vadim Fishkin, Dusan Mandić, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol and Herwig G. Höller.
Further the contributions by Zdenka Badovinac, Francesco Bonami, Eda Čufer, Ješa Denegri, Charles Esche, Viktor Misiano, Kathrin Rhomberg, and Maria Hlavajova, colleagues and co-curators of Zabel’s, shed light on the various cultural areas of his activity as a critical thinker and writer. A closing chapter contains contributions by Zoran Erić, Suzana Milevska, Renata Salecl, and Georg Schöllhammer, who attempt to demonstrate the continuing relevance of Igor Zabel’s (art)-political reflections by taking stock of the current cultural and political forms of dialogue in Europe.
Contributing artists are AA Bronson, Art & Language, Jože Barši, Johanna Billing, Josef Dabernig, IRWIN, Valery Koshlyakov, Luisa Lambri, Yuri Leiderman, Deimantas Narkevičius, Roman Ondák, Tadej Pogačar, Marko Pogačnik, Marjetica Potrč, Florian Pumhösl, Mladen Stilinović.
Edited by Christa Benzer, Christine Böhler, Christiane Erharter.
Published with ERSTE Foundation and Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.