Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018

Ljubljana, Slovenia





Programme anouncement for the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018
22 November – 7 December / Ljubljana / Slovenia

At the end of the year in which the art historian and curator Igor Zabel would have celebrated his sixtieth birthday and upon the tenth anniversary of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory, which acknowledges exceptional achievements in the field of visual art in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe, a series of various events dedicated to Igor Zabel’s heritage and the significance of contemporary art will take place in Ljubljana.

22 Nov. – Documentary film: “The Curator’s Room”

Slovenian premiere of the documentary film “The Curator’s Room – Igor Zabel: How to Make Art Visible?”, 22 November 2018 / 21:00 / Kinodvor

The Curator’s Room, a documentary film dedicated to the art historian and curator Igor Zabel (1958–2005), focuses on Zabel’s work in the field of visual arts from the end of the 1980s to his death. Through the film, we learn how, in that epochal time – at the turn of the century and at the intersections of (post)modern and contemporary art, the local and international art space, socialism and capitalism, East and West, the artistic and the social/political –, he faced in his work not only great changes and conflicts, but also possibilities for the new.

Director: Damjan Kozole / scriptwriter: Urška Jurman / production: Vertigo / co-production: RTV Slovenia, Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory / supported by: Slovenian Film Centre

28 Nov. – Presentation: “On Contemporaneity of Contemporary Art”

On Contemporaneity of Contemporary Art presentation of Šum #10 Journal
Wednesday, 28 November / 18:00 / Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

A presentation of the thematic section of Šum #10 on defining contemporary art at the turn of the 1990s with lectures by Kaja Kraner on some of the key concepts of the contemporariness of contemporary art and by Sergej Kapus on how Igor Zabel defined contemporary art.

This event is organized by ŠUM Journal in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association.

6 Dec. – International conference: “Art – How Much is it Still an Idea for the Future?”

Thursday, 6 December / 13:00 – 19:00 / Moderna galerija

The conference focuses on the concept of contemporary art, especially on the question of how much it is able to shape ideas for the future. If modernism was to a large extent oriented towards the future and postmodernism towards the past, then we would like to know which temporality determines contemporary art. Further on, we will discuss what it actually means when we say that contemporary art is global art. Is it a concept co-shaped by subjects from different parts of the world or a construct of the global art system that has boomed after 1989?

 Clémentine Deliss, Zoran Erić, iLiana Fokianaki, Ana Janevski, Nomaduma Masilela, Cuauhtémoc Medina Gonzalez, Lívia Páldi, Marjetica Potrč, Marcelo Rezende, Adam Szymczyk

This conference is organized by Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association and with the supporty by ERSTE Foundation

7 Dec. – Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018 / Award ceremony

Friday, 7 December / from 18:00 on / Moderna galerija

18:00 / The Curator’s Room: Igor Zabel – How to Make Art Visible?
English premiere of the documentary film.

20:00 / Presentation of the winners
The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges the exceptional achievements of cultural protagonists whose work supports, develops or investigates visual art and culture in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
The award has been conferred biennially since 2008 in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation (Vienna) and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Ljubljana). With prize money totalling 76,000 EUR, it is one of the highest and most prestigious prizes for cultural activities related to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018 goes to Joanna Mytkowska, Poland

The jury has awarded art historian and curator Joanna Mytkowska (Poland) the Igor Zabel Award 2018 for her committed and outstanding work as the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Igor Zabel Award Grants are given to Edith Jeřábková (Czech Republic)Oberliht Association (Moldova) and The Visual Culture Research Center (Ukraine).

The 2018 winners will be presented at the award ceremony on 7 December in Ljubljana.

Organised by the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory. Award initiated by and main partner: ERSTE Foundation. Partners: MG+MSUM, Vertigo, Kinodvor, ŠUM Journal. Media Partner: TAM-TAM

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.