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Zdenka Badovinac: Authentic Interest

Authentic Interest is the 28th book to be published in the Transformacije series and the fourth in the series opening a discussion on curatorship and contemporary (visual) arts. In it, author Zdenka Badovinac, the current director of Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art, develops the concept of “authentic interest” as a mode of commitment of a contemporary art institution, which in relation to remembrance in the context of the Post-Fordist, globalised world maintains a certain loyalty to difference that it establishes locally, and by opposing the mechanisms of economic or political domination endeavours to provide the local an equal dialogue with the world.

The first chapter, Museum, is composed of texts in which the author defines and analyses the concept of a museum of contemporary art. The selected texts describe the state of the art world in the last decades, the relation to the past and the connection between the original and the present concepts. The central part of the chapter is composed of four texts that elucidate contemporaneity and its museum. The chapter is rounded off by two texts that describe the modes of operation that Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art has chosen under the specific socio-political conditions in Slovenia. The texts in the second chapter, which is dedicated to Eastern European art, are arranged so as to go from the general to the specific. The first part of the chapter defines the concept of Eastern European art. There follow texts on the Arteast exhibitions, which examined the questions of body, form, the specifics of historicization and self-historicization, and the Eastern European woman. The chapter ends with specific analyses of two authorial practices in contemporary Slovenian art that touch upon the questions of the socialist past, society and politics. The last two texts belong to the conception of Eastern European art, but as authorial poetics they, of course, extend much further, which both analyses point out.[...]


After numerous decades of the 20th century when most of the Slovenian art world followed quite closely the dominant international currents, Authentic Interest points out that the Slovenian contemporary art world has created its own discourse. It is connected to the globalised art world, but is at the same time specific, since it is based also on the local characteristics and interests.

(Taken from the Afterword)



Introduction 7 → PDF
Jelka Šutej Adamič:
Contemporary Art Haunts the Homestead: U3 − Weibel’s Selection at Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art 11
Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art after 60 Years 27
Junctions Named Contemporaneity 36
Museum of Contemporary Art and the Production of Context 41
Museum as a Space of (Re)definition 52
The Authentic Interest of a Museum 62
Informal Matrices of Moderna Galerija/Museum of Modern Art’s Operation 70
The Invisible City 77
Erased/Recalled Memory 89
What Will the Next Revolution Be Like? 95
Biennials for a Fairer Visibility of the World 103
Body and the East 113
Form-Specific Art 128
Interrupted Histories 141
Schengen Women 152
What is the Importance of Being Janez? 159
Šiška, International 170
The Construction of One’s Own Discourse 179
Index of Names and Subjects 187


Zdenka Badovinac
Editor: Petja Grafenauer
TRANSformacije series, book no. 28
Series editor: Janez Janša
MASKA, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education
Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana
e-mail: maska@mail.ljudmila.org
©Maska and the author
Translation: Tamara Soban
Language editing and proofreading: Mojca Hudolin
Assistant editor: Andraž Golc
Preparation of reproductions: Dejan Habicht and Sabina Povšič
Book jacket design: Novi kolektivizem
Copy editing and print preparation: Vtis
Printed by: Cicero
Print run: 500
Ljubljana 2010
Photos on the cover:
Title page
Jože Barši, Pozor…, 1997 and Marjetica Potrč, Lhasa, 1997
Exhibition at the U3 – 2nd Triennial of Contemporary Slovene Art,
Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, 1997
Photo: Lado Mlekuž, Matija Pavlovec
© Moderna galerija, Ljubljana
Photo on the back cover:
The construction of the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009
Photo: Matija Pavlovec
© Moderna galerija, Ljubljana
We thank Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art for its cooperation in the making of this book, especially Tamara Soban, Dejan Habicht and Sabina Povšič.
We thank all publishers who originally published the texts and have kindly allowed their publication in this book.
The publication of this book was financially supported by the Slovenian Book Agency.
Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 7 of the Value Added Tax Act, the book is taxed at a rate of 8.5%.

— 21-03-2012 : Authentic Interest - Discussion on the book
MMC KIBLA, Maribor