Past event
21 Apr – 23 Oct 2022

Outside the Frame

An Exhibition of Art of the 1930s
In cooperation with the Božidar Jakac Gallery, Kostanjevica na Krki

Author of the exhibition : dr. Asta Vrečko

The Outside the Frame exhibition is dedicated to the Independent Group of Slovenian Artists comprising fourteen major Slovenian artists: Zoran Didek, Boris Kalin, Zdenko Kalin, Stane Kregar, France Mihelič, Zoran Mušič, Nikolaj Omersa, France Pavlovec, Nikolaj Pirnat, Marij Pregelj, Karel Putrih, Maksim Sedej, Frančišek Smerdu and Evgen Sajovic. The Independent artists left a deep imprint on interwar art, and then played a prominent role in post-war art and culture, becoming the first professors at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts. 
The works, some of which are presented to the public for the first time, come from both public and private art collections; Cankarjev dom’s exhibition is the first in-depth public showcase of the collective.

The Independents studied at the academies in Zagreb or Prague. They set out on their professional careers in a time fraught with economic crisis and a strained political situation in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. These young artists formed a group that allowed them to jointly organise exhibitions, fight for artists’ rights, advocate the establishment of the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Fine Arts, as well as acquisition of artworks, publish articles in newspapers and magazines, organise art dances and plan study trips. As a collective, they worked most actively between 1937 and 1941, when the war broke out in Yugoslavia. Both the group’s activities and individual artworks stand out prominently from concurrent artistic output. Artistically, the Independents were drawn to the movements of moderate modernism and followed the general shift towards realism within Yugoslav and European art. Their promising careers were cut short by WWII. At that time the problem of national artistic expression was the main objective pursued by art in relation to political and social developments. One of the principal aims in the work of the Independents was the search for an independent (Slovenian) artistic expression. The undeniable fact that several of the works today enjoying cult status were premiered at their exhibitions testifies to the great artistry and continuing relevance of the Independent Artists who today rank among the leading names in 20th-century Slovenian and Yugoslav art. The exhibition includes seventy artworks and extensive documentary materials. Many of the works are on public view for the first time (in about 80 years since their creation). 

In addition to the Božidar Jakac Art Museum collection, artworks and materials were generously loaned by: the National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb, the Museum of Modern Art, the City Museum Ljubljana (MGML), the Art Gallery Maribor, the National Gallery, the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, the Bela Krajina Museum Metlika, the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia, the National and University Library, St. Stanislaus Institute, Antikvitete Novak, Lah Contemporary, Galerija in dražbena hiša SLOART and various private collectors. 
The visual identity for the exhibition was created in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, which organized a student competition. The winners (Aja Vogrinčič, Juš Pustoslemšek, Matej Pavšek) created an overall visual identity for the exhibition. All competition entries are on view at Cankarjev dom.

We’re a mirror of the times, look at yourself in us! Nikolaj Pirnat

There’s always people who cleanse this new thing and make it probable. Since one has to believe in something. Zoran Mušič

Accompanying programme
As the Independents were greatly involved in the cultural and artistic scene of the time, the main thread of the accompanying programme is an illuminating insight into the era, the cultural, artistic and social backdrop to the work of the Independents, i.e., the 1930s and the first half of the 1940s, with an emphasis on Ljubljana, but in connection with other cultural hubs, e.g., Zagreb, Maribor, Ptuj, Celje, where the artists also worked. As well as the featured topics, several other areas of culture and the arts, including architecture, theatre, music, fashion, media and everyday life in Ljubljana, are examined in connection with fine art. In this context, the work of the Independents is explored also beyond the gallery walls, by highlighting some of the venues in Ljubljana associated with the group.

17 May 2022, CD Club 
International Symposium: Fine Arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia 

4 May – 12 June, CD Small Gallery
Plečnik's Ljubljana in Old Photographs
In cooperation with the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO)
In the year that marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Jože Plečnik, the photography exhibition aims to thematize the metamorphoses of the city.


Outside the Frame

21 Apr – 23 Oct 2022
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6,00 EUR

4,00 EUR * The reduced admission fee for the CD Gallery exhibitions (marked with the asterisk*) applies to visitors aged under 25 and over 65, retirees and disabled persons.

Free admission: pre-school children, accompanying persons of persons with disabilities, tourist guides, unemployed persons, and holders of ICOM, PRESS and SMD cards.

Children aged 6 and under free of charge
Admission for adults: 6 EUR/person 
Discounted tickets: EUR 4 /person (*visitors aged under 25 and over 65)
Surcharge for guided tours (for groups of more than ten persons): admission + surcharge EUR 20 /group
Public guided tours admission, NO extra charge 
Tours with commentary admission + surcharge EUR 2 /person
Guided tours for groups EUR 20 / group (+ admission)
Guided tours for school groups EUR 3 / person + surcharge EUR 20 /group 
Catalogue: EUR 10 

Group bookings:
Kristina Jermančič Golc
E  T 01 24 17 161

In cooperation with the Božidar Jakac Gallery, Kostanjevica na Krki



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