On Friday 27 September at 17:00, the documentary The Curator’s Room (2018) will be shown in Vienna as part of the art fair viennacontemporary 2019 and its Focus section: NSK State in Time accompanying programme – the latter is curated by Tevž Logar and supported by the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory and ERSTE Foundation.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Urška Jurman, the film’s scriptwriter.
The Curator’s Room
Igor Zabel: How to Make Art Visible?
Director: Damjan Kozole, Slovenia, 2018, 64 min
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 fine arts from the end of the 1980s to his death. Through the film, we learn how, during that epochal time – at the turn of the century and at the intersection 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 not only great changes and conflicts in his work, but also possibilities for the new.
The film portrays not only a man who, despite the internal contradictions of the art world, persistently believed in the power of art, but also illustrates the environment, in which Igor Zabel worked and which he influenced.
With: Zdenka Badovinac, Jože Barši, Francesco Bonami, Barbara Borčić, Ekaterina Degot, Ješa Denegri, Charles Esche, Vadim Fiškin, Sergej Kapus, Samo Krušič, Boris Marte, Viktor Misiano, Marjetica Potrč, Igor Španjol, Borut Vogelnik, Mateja Kos Zabel, Bojan and Sonja Zabel, Božidar Zrinski, Beti Žerovc, Peter Weibel
Scriptwriter: Urška Jurman / Production company and distribution: Vertigo / Co-production: RTV Slovenia, Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory / Financial support: Slovenian Film Centre
Cover image: Igor Zabel’s office, 1997. Photo: © Lado Mlekuž, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana