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This 6th U3 Slovenian art triennial focuses on how artists f rom across the generations reflect on realism and reality today. The works both depict (as in realism) and take a direct part in (as in reality) activ ities and relationships in the world. The exhibition foregrounds artistic p roposals that suggest ways to read history anew\, focus on the environment and the social and reflect intimate relations among communities\, families and friends. In general\, the works are not centred on the inner life of th e artist but on his/her relationship to external conditions. This choice fo r reality was made because it reflects the current strengths of the Sloveni an art scene. In addition it emphasises a continuity with Slovene artistic practices in which realism and\, later\, a readiness to include techniques and subjects outside of the traditions of l?art pour l?art are very present . For this reason works from the collection of Moderna Galerija going back to the 1940s have also been included in U3.

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Realism: a brief history
The question of realism has produced many of the sharpest debates between radicals and conservatives in visual art o ver the past 100 years. As the first modern artist\, Gustav Courbet's reali sm shocked a bourgeois art public looking for beauty and drama in painting. Later\, the battle between the painters of everyday life and the ambitions of the avant-garde for new visions of a new world defined modernism. Reali sm at this time was understood as a safer or less radical choice for artist s\, yet it always retained its value as a more direct form of communication with a wide public than abstraction or concept art.

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Indeed\, the d octrines of socialist realism as developed in the Soviet Union were intende d to produce an art that was comprehensible to and inspirational for the pr oletariat\, as well as a means to control undesirable questioning and exper imentation. Throughout the period of modernism\, both realism and the avant -garde battled against each other across Europe and beyond\, neither gainin g a final victory. The growth of new media\, first through art photography and later video and digital imaging added new levels to the realism debate with the capacity to directly capture an image of the real and reproduce it in a form of art. Photography offered an even more direct relationship to surrounding reality than ever possible before\, while collage and later dig ital editing created the means to fictionalise these apparently direct\, in dexical media.

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The Slovenian context
Since 1989\, realism and 'the real' itself has made something of a comeback in general\, and not onl y in terms of image making and depiction of reality. Artists in the last tw enty years have been intervening directly in surrounding conditions\, or br inging those conditions and relations between people into the gallery or mu seum unaltered except through naming it art. This exchange with the real is particularly present in the Slovenian context\, where it has an even longe r history going back to the beginnings of NSK. Here\, from techniques of ov er-identification to the construction of self-organised institutions that h over somewhere between fact and fiction\, artistic projects write new histo ries or campaign for change in social conditions.

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There is also an access to the corridors of media and political power for artists in Sloveni a that is quite exceptional in Europe and sometimes allows for direct inter vention in the system. While some works here are determinedly political\, o ther actions are carried out with a playful irreverence that charms as much as it raises political awareness. It seems there is a particular sense of absurdism here that provokes the status of things and challenges the rhetor ic of state and institutional identities. This humour extends to making obj ects as much as to depicting people and social institutions. In this enviro nment\, social interventions can be direct without losing critical distance \, appearances can be taken seriously and realism allows itself to both com ment on and document reality.

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This exhibition will have at its core a small\, eclectic historical selection through the realism to be found in the collection of the Moderna galerija\, supplemented with the films of To mislav Gotovac and Želimir Žilnik\, crucial Yugoslavian filmmakers in the g enre. Having set up the existence of histories of realism in the Slovenian context\, the exhibition will look at contemporary artworks that reflect on subjects as diverse as the history of flight\, party politics\, domestic i nteriors and art education in the playful ways common across the exhibition .

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It is interesting that while these topics are in themselves fasci nating for the artists\, they are also often the excuse of coming together\ , and acting together in ways that perhaps reflect the loss of a collective sense in the post-communist period\, not only here but across former West and East Europe. Thus this exhibition\, An Idea for Living\, becomes a spec ific national investigation into a broader condition. Can artists\, by thin king about and directly showing us the world around\, create conditions in which concepts of living together and working in common can be re-energised for the future?

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Participants
Nika Autor\, Jože Barši\, Berko\ , Boks\, BridA (Tom Kerševan\, Sendi Mango\, Jurij Pavlica)\, Matija Brumen \, Vesna Bukovec\, Jasmina Cibic\, Vuk Ćosić\, Delavsko-punkerska univerza\ , Lojze Dolinar\, Leon Dolinšek\, Domestic Research Society and Amir Murato vić\, Vadim Fiškin\, Samo Gosarič\, Tomislav Gotovac\, Dejan Habicht\, Irwi n\, Ištvan Išt Huzjan\, Marco Juratovec\, Jaša\, Bogoslav Kalaš\, Tine Kos\ , Tanja Lažetić\, Vladimir Leben\, Polonca Lovšin\, Anja Medved\, OHO\, Bor ut Peterlin\, Nikolaj Pirnat\, Tihomir Pinter\, Tadej Pogačar and P.A.R.A.S .I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art\, Marko Pogačnik\, Uroš Potočnik\, Marje tica Potrč\, radioCona (Irena Pivka\, Brane Zorman)\, Sašo Sedlaček\, SMALL BUT DANGERS (Mateja Rojc\, Simon Hudolin-Salči)\, Slavko Smolej\, Bálint S zombathy\, Nika Špan\, Miha Štrukelj\, Matjaž Wenzel\, Dunja Zupančič::Miha Turšič::Dragan Živadinov\, Želimir Žilnik.

DTEND:20100905 DTSTAMP:20140416T061843 DTSTART:20100615 GEO:46.0522407;14.5008791 LOCATION:Moderna Galerija\, Ljubljana\, Slovenia\,Tomšičeva 14 \nLjubljana\ , SI-1000 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:U3 - 6th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia: An Idea for Liv ing. Realism and Reality in Contemporary Art in Slovenia\, Tadej Pogačar an d P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art\, Nika Autor\, Jože Barši\, B erko\, Boks\, Matija Brumen\, Vesna Bukovec\, Jasmina Cibic\, Vuk Ćosić\, L ojze Dolinar\, Leon Dolinšek\, Vadim Fiškin\, Samo Gosarič\, Tomislav Gotov ac\, Dejan Habicht\, Simon Hudolin-Salči)\, Ištvan Išt Huzjan\, Irwin\, Jaš a\, Marco Juratovec\, Bogoslav Kalaš\, BridA (Tom Kerševan\, Tine Kos\, Tan ja Lažetić\, Vladimir Leben\, Polonca Lovšin\, Sendi Mango\, SMALL BUT DANG ERS Mateja Rojc\, Simon Hudolin\, Anja Medved\, Domestic Research Society a nd Amir Muratović\, OHO\, Jurij Pavlica)\, Borut Peterlin\, Tihomir Pinter\ , Nikolaj Pirnat\, radioCona (Irena Pivka\, Marko Pogačnik\, Uroš Potočnik\ , Marjetica Potrč\, Sašo Sedlaček\, Slavko Smolej\, Nika Špan\, Miha Štruke lj\, Bálint Szombathy\, Miha Turšič\, Delavsko-punkerska univerza\, Matjaž Wenzel\, Želimir Žilnik.\, Dragan Živadinov\, Brane Zorman)\, Dunja Zupanči č UID:113048 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100615T200000 DTSTAMP:20140416T061843 DTSTART:20100615T180000 GEO:46.0522407;14.5008791 LOCATION:Moderna Galerija\, Ljubljana\, Slovenia\,Tomšičeva 14 \nLjubljana\ , SI-1000 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:U3 - 6th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia: An Idea for Liv ing. Realism and Reality in Contemporary Art in Slovenia\, Tadej Pogačar an d P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art\, Nika Autor\, Jože Barši\, B erko\, Boks\, Matija Brumen\, Vesna Bukovec\, Jasmina Cibic\, Vuk Ćosić\, L ojze Dolinar\, Leon Dolinšek\, Vadim Fiškin\, Samo Gosarič\, Tomislav Gotov ac\, Dejan Habicht\, Simon Hudolin-Salči)\, Ištvan Išt Huzjan\, Irwin\, Jaš a\, Marco Juratovec\, Bogoslav Kalaš\, BridA (Tom Kerševan\, Tine Kos\, Tan ja Lažetić\, Vladimir Leben\, Polonca Lovšin\, Sendi Mango\, SMALL BUT DANG ERS Mateja Rojc\, Simon Hudolin\, Anja Medved\, Domestic Research Society a nd Amir Muratović\, OHO\, Jurij Pavlica)\, Borut Peterlin\, Tihomir Pinter\ , Nikolaj Pirnat\, radioCona (Irena Pivka\, Marko Pogačnik\, Uroš Potočnik\ , Marjetica Potrč\, Sašo Sedlaček\, Slavko Smolej\, Nika Špan\, Miha Štruke lj\, Bálint Szombathy\, Miha Turšič\, Delavsko-punkerska univerza\, Matjaž Wenzel\, Želimir Žilnik.\, Dragan Živadinov\, Brane Zorman)\, Dunja Zupanči č UID:113049 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR