Shows: Slovenian artists appeal for support of MAXXI project

"Grande più di me" will be in Ljubljana at end of 2021

26 January, 18:04

    (ANSAmed) - LJUBLJANA, JANUARY 26 - Twenty-one Slovenian artists expressed on Tuesday in a joint statement that they are concerned about the lack of support by the Slovenian ministries and the Slovenian Embassy in Rome for the exhibition "Grande più di me: Voices from the former Yugoslavia", at the MAXXI museum through 7 February and scheduled to move to the Ljubljana Modern Art Gallery at the end of the year.

    The artists said the exhibition, organised and entirely financed by the Roman museum, should represent an exceptional diplomatic opportunity for Slovenia, involved with 14 artists and the award-winning contemporary art expert Zdenka Badovinac, who curated the show.

    In a diplomatic dispatch revealed Saturday by the weekly Mladina, the Slovenian ambassador in Rome, Tomaz Kunstelj, opposed promoting the exhibition because "the project is tied to the theme of the former Yugoslavia and doesn't represent the accomplishments of Slovenian art".

    On these assumptions, according to Kunstelj and the foreign and culture ministers, the exhibition cannot be part of independence celebrations nor part of the programme of the Slovenian presidency of the EU in the second half of 2021.

    The artists emphasised that the artworks were created after Slovenian independence, which this year will mark its 30th anniversary, and they said the artistic background is "inextricably linked to the former common Yugoslavian cultural space".(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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