March 27, 2004 - Skuc Gallery - The international conference
March 27, 2004

The international conference

The international conference. Public vs. Private: Cultural Policies and the Art Market in Central and South-Eastern Europe
2-4 April 2004

Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana
Tomsiceva 14, 1000 Ljubljana,
tel: +386 (0)1 241 68 00

The conference Public vs. Private: Cultural Policies and the Art Market in Central and South-Eastern Europe is one among the series of conferences and symposia that will take place in 2004 in Vienna, Linz, Ljubljana, London, Luneburg and Riga as part of the European Internet project republicart. Supplementing the Vienna conference on Public Art Policies, the conference in Ljubljana will look at the cultural-policy aspects of the wider republicart project. At the same time it is a part of the series of events “In the Cities of the Balkans”, the second part of the one-year project “Balkan Trilogy”, initiated by Kunsthalle Fridericinaum, Kassel.

The goal of this gathering is to interrogate the workings of art institutions, and their specific support structures. The conference looks at the buffering role of art institutions within the context of the dismantling of the welfare state and cutbacks in arts funding from two distinct regionally oriented perspectives in which the question of the relationship between private and public support for the arts is of particular significance for these two quite different geographical and historical contexts.

At a time when private and public support for art is even more closely intertwined and we see such strategies being introduced as, for instance, “private-public partnerships”, the conference will attempt to probe more deeply into the differences between private and public support, in terms of their mechanisms, functions and effects, as well as their mutual rivalry and exclusivity.

Concept by Gregor Podnar in collaboration with Natasa Petresin.

The participants of the conference: Marius Babias (Berlin), Zdenka Badovinac (Ljubljana), Riccardo Caldura (Marghera/Venice), Vesna Copic (Ljubljana), Dobrila Denegri (Rome), Els Hanappe (Athens), Janos Szoboszlai (Budapest), Erden Kosova (Istanbul), Brane Kovic (Ljubljana), Tomi Medak (Zagreb), Miran Mohar (Ljubljana), Angelika Nollert (Munich), Blaz Persin (Ljubljana), Robert Pfaller (Vienna), Sonia Rosso (Turin), Andreas Schnitzler (Graz), Erzen Shkololli (Peja), Goran Sergej Pristas (Zagreb), Attila Tordai-S. (Cluj-Napoca), Nebojsa Vilic (Skopje), Franci Zavrl (Ljubljana).

Moderated by: Steve Green (British Council, Ljubljana), Bernard Micaud (Institut Francais Charles Nodier, Ljubljana), Natasa Petresin (free-lance curator, Ljubljana), Gregor Podnar (Galerija Gregor Podnar, Kranj/ Ljubljana), and Eva Maria Stadler (Grazer Kunstverein).

The conference will be accomplished by a publication edited by Natasa Petresin in collaboration with Gregor Podnar, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

Public vs. Private is organised by Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, as part of the project republicart ( Public vs. Private also takes place in the context of “In the Cities of the Balkans”, the 2nd part of the “Balkans trilogy”, a project initiated by the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. The conference will be hosted by Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, co-organiser of the project.

Funded by: European Cultural Foundation, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Culture 2000, Ministry of Culture of the Republic Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana – Department of Culture and Research.

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