Exhibition. NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia
Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre. Retrogarde Event Baptism under Triglav, 1986. Photography: Marko Modic
The present exhibition is the first retrospective in Spain on the artist group NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst) [New Slovenian Art], which spearheaded one of the most important experiences in the culture that materialised in 1980s Yugoslavia, during the Cold War. NSK was a collective which bound together collectives and groups - Laibach, Irwin and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre/SNTS – with approaches to a range of disciplines. They conceived a series of departments - New Collectivism, The Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, Retrovision, Film and Builders – which underpinned the theory and practice of the aesthetic principle behind the retro-avant-garde, primarily drawing on influences from the Russian avant-garde, Bauhaus and Fluxus.
The show displays a wealth of material on the group’s work in its different manifestations: public acts, concerts, exhibitions, theatre productions, performances, manifestos, interviews and numerous documents and testimonies.
Dates: From June 28, 2017 to January 8, 2018
Location: Sabatini Building, Floor 1
Curatorship: Zdenka Badovinac
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía and Moderna galerija de Ljubjana
As part of: L'Internationale
Lecture. Slavoj Žižek. Lessons from the ‘Airpocalypse’
Slavoj Zizek. Filmstill from The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology by Sophie Fiennes, 2012
As part of the exhibition NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia (June 28, 2017 – January 8,2018), and in response to a joint invitation from the Museo Reina Sofía and Madrid’s Círculo de Bellas Artes, Slavoj Žižek will put forward a reflection, over two lectures, on the deaths and resurrections of the fascist ghost.
At Museo Reina Sofía, his intervention will set out from the analysis of contemporary fascism, focusing on the issue of refuge today in NSK’s totalitarian fascination, at a time when fascist landmarks are re-emerging (the ideal of racial supremacy and extreme nationalism) and appear to be on the cusp of shaping a new ideological landscape of post-Brexit Europe and the refugee crisis — where the motives and dangers of this fascist temptation are found. Against the atmosphere of neo-liberal jubilation in 1989, Žižek will analyse how the failings of this system have made the potent return of one of the twentieth century’s biggest nightmares possible.
Date: Friday, June 30
Hora: 7:00 pm.
Admission: Free admission until full capacity is reached
Place: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400
Organization: Museo Reina Sofía
In collaboration with: The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia