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- DescriptionThis book is the generously illustrated, lavishly documented, critically narrated story of one of the most significant art collectives of the late twentieth century. In 1984, three groups of artists in post-Tito Yugoslavia -- the music and multimedia group Laibach, the visual arts group Irwin, and the theater group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theater -- came together to form the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective. Adopting the symbols, codes, appearances, and discourses of fascism, nationalism, state power, socialist-realist, and avant-garde art, and pushing the strategies of overidentification and subversive affirmation to their limits, NSK exposed the common foundations of various regimes, systems, and ideologies, while affirming that art and totalitarianism are t mutually exclusive. Employing music, video, film, exhibitions, writing, graphic design, architecture, theater, and public relations to probe the aesthetic possibilities of declining socialism and proliferating capitalism, NSK introduced an idiosyncratic version of postmodernism (the Retro-Avant-Garde) into the globalizing cultural sphere. Combining primary documents, period artifacts, critical essays, and contextual tes, NSK from Kapital to Capital documents NSK's collective practice during the final decade of Yugoslavia -- from the first (and banned) Laibach concert (1980) in a small proletarian mining town in Slovenia to the series of projects launched by individual NSK groups entitled Kapital (1991-92). This illuminating chronicle of NSK's work and its reception is produced in conjunction with the first major museum exhibition devoted to NSK. Designed by Novi Kolektivizem (New Collectivism), the graphic design section of NSK, the cover of each individual copy of the book is printed with a custom detail; two covers exactly are the same. Contributors includeEda Cufer, Goran Dordevic, Slavoj Zizek, Marina Grzinic, Rastko Mocnik, Marina Grzinic, Lev Kreft, Tomaz Mastnak, Mladen Dolar, Chrissie Iles, Boris Groys, Inke Arns, Alexei Monroe, Catherine Wood, Daniel Ricardo Quiles, Anthony Gardner, Barbara Borcic, Alexei Yurchak, Dejan Krsic and others Copublished with Moderna Galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Exhibition: Moderna galerija, Ljubljana: 12 May--17 August 2015 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven: March--August, 2016Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow: Fall 2016.
- Author BiographyZdenka Badovinac is a curator and writer who has served since 1993 as Director of the Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Eda Cufer, one of the founding members of NSK, is a dramaturge, curator, and writer and the cofounder of Scipion Nasice Sisters Theater. Anthony Gardner is Associate Professor in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford and the author of Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art against Democracy (MIT Press).
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication06/10/2015
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note150 color illus., 150 b&w illus.
- Weight1610 g
- Width190 mm
- Height267 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Edited byAnthony Gardner,Eda Cufer,Zdenka Badovinac
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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