Temporary Exhibitions

Lapidarium

exhibitions

2017

Jožica Medle, Zrak, ki ga dihaš ti

Jožica Medle
The Air You Breathe

Drawing on years of studying and systematically researching history and manifestations of counterpoints in art, analysing the analogue development in music, dance and fine art, Jožica Medle, painter, graphic print maker, designer and PhD holder from the Department of Graphic Prints at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, prepared an exceptional artistic counterpoint on the theme of ecology. She created a series of graphic prints, in which the counterpoint was introduced on three levels – with pervasive mediation of contrapuntal content, with well chosen and harmonious visual language on individual graphic prints, and with the scheme and layout of the exhibition, in which the harmony of individual works forms a story on the highest possible level.

On the primary level the basic elements of Jožica Medle’s graphic prints draw and define the non-mimetic and abstract visual formulations, which have their own opposing voice, their own counterpoint on higher levels. The basic antigens to the earthly abstract organic nature are attached to the expressively existential photo-figuralics and lettrism. The accumulation of fine art elements, points and lines, which are in nature organically necessary and omnipresent, oppose the monochromatic anthropomorphic and zoomorphic shapes of white shadows, black bodies and bodily voids or absences. By contrapuntal layering, stringing and merging the artist created a visual cantus firmus.
(dr. Ines Vodopivec)

Nina Čelhar, Zatišja

Nina Čelhar
Lulls

Lapidarium, 21. 4. - 21. 5. 2017

2016

Mateja Kavčič, Zavetja

Mateja Kavčič
Shelters

Lapidarium, 09. 09. - 06. 11. 2016

The story that the artist has imaginatively placed into the exhibition space is full of symbols and intuitive fragments, as well as references to the history of land art. The concept of the exhibition, which is determined already by the title Shelters, is of course not intended merely for itself and the immanent aesthetic component, but also encourages and inspires interaction. This interaction is not limited merely to the visitors, but also spreads to the expressed essence of the natural elements in space, as well as the potential beings that coexist with these elements.These can be either representatives from the animal or the fairy, magical world. Shelters are always constructed for somebody.

Boštjan Kavčič, O/DA

Boštjan Kavčič
O/DE

lapidarium, 18.06. - 15.08.2016

The artist deliberately connected the four entrances into a well thought out story, full of interactions and numerous associative attachments, which constantly cross the artist’s thin line of the intuitive and rational field. The viewer can thus experience the wholesome experience of the artistic setting, which incorporates the borders of the spaces. Boštjan Kavčič stated: »The entire history is caught in stone, and this is why I am attracted to it. Every piece has its own story«.

Ignac Meden, U/S/TVAR/I/TVE

Ignac Meden
U/S/TVAR/I/TVE

lapidarium, 15.04.-30.05.2016

2015

Irena Romih, Medprostori

Irena Romih
Interspaces

lapidarium, 18.09.-22.11.2015

Visual creativity reacts to contemporary society with positivist socialisation. Experiences found in television information, newspapers, books and especially the everyday environment represent a broad spectrum visualisation of virtuality and reality, virtual and real reasons for formation and development, seeming and real motifs and goals, virtual and real contents and qualities of events and occurrences. Getting to know the background is a reward for precision and the desired goal of observation. Imprecision and a non-critical approach limit us to our own pretence. In the conscious and cognitive effects of artistic expression the results are often found in the cross-section between appearance and essence. This cross-section of artistic expression is meticulously presented by Irena Romih.

Mitja Stanek, Tehno

Mitja Stanek
Techno

lapidarium, 03.07.-06.09.2015

The project that Mitja Stanek (1964, Maribor) has prepared for the Lapidarium of the Božidar Jakac Gallery is based on a spatial installation that literally extends into all the rooms and generates a saturated sensation of our digitalised consumer society. As a site-specific project, the installation would be enough in itself, but precisely in order to show the developmental and study-based axis of the modernist approach, we have decided to include in the rooms a selection of prints ranging in date from the early 1990s to 2014 and a number of Stanek’s sculptures, most of which date from a year or two ago.

Eva Petrič, 4 delci

Eva Petrič
4 Particles

lapidarium, 24.04.2015 - 14.06.2015

2014

Petar Popijač, Žerjavica

Petar Popijač
Embers

lapidarium, 12.09.-03.11.2014

Petar Popijač (1988, Varaždin) has formulated the project so as to enable us to feel both the historical function of the space in the spiritual sense as well as the material saturation of the constitution of the space in recent times, when oak has begun to play an important role. It is Popijač’s choice of oak as the predominant material in his installation - not just regular oak, but immaculately preserved sub-fossil oak trunks of a characteristic gray colour that were buried deep beneath layers of earth for millennia - that summarises in multiple layers Popijač’s feeling for the timelessness of the former monastery - a spatial context in which the sensual artist is but a reconductor of energy. This time around, it is the selection of material that to the greatest extent defines Popijač’s installation. Conceptually, it is rife with the idea of heat as energy that unobstructedly flows through the material and modifies it in a process that is also inherent in the process of sculpting.

Katja Oblak, Prostor novega spomina

Katja Oblak
The Space of a New Remembrance

Lapidarium, 27.06.-25.08.2014

Boris Beja in Suzana Brborović, ID grad.: BB/SB 14 - n. 3/3

Boris Beja and Suzana Brborović
ID grad.: BB/SB 14 - n. 3/3

Lapidarium, 09.05.-09.06.2014

The message that young artists Boris Beja (1986, Trbovlje, Slovenia) and Suzana Brborović (1988, Kranj, Slovenia) piece together in their socially engaged project bears within itself the full range of diversity of conceptual art, which extends into different theoretical fields, from social philosophy to anthropology. In doing so, it generates critical awareness of the anomalies of our society and times. The project is an exceptionally exacting and mature view into the current zeitgeist: a stark cry, an existential résumé, rife with symbols, from two exceptionally gifted young creators living in time and space, which, along with a social chronology, also captures a moment of self-reflection.
The authors conceptualised their project through a reflection on the construction industry, which is usually among the first sectors to experience considerable collapse in a time of economic crisis. As one might expect in a time of crisis, the subject of labour exploitation is once again very relevant, and is made even more so by the way that the authors also call attention to the state of disarray of work in the visual arts in Slovenia.

Jože Marinč, Krispan

Jože Marinč
Krispan

lapidarium, 21.03.-21.04.2014

Jože Marinč (1954) perceive his works as bearing a part of himself, a brush of his essence, the pulsation of his energy, and the stamp of his identity. When we look beyond the formal properties, no doubt authentic and individualised, his works always carry titles with references to nature and natural phenomena.
It is within this perspective that we argue for continuity in his oeuvre, although the works in this exhibition elude any definition of a medium, art form or art tout court. Even the conceptuality of his installation is too constricting to use because it represses the sensuality and visual harmony as the price for expedience of expression of an idea − it favours intellectual apprehension over the emotional affectation. Marinč would not give up visual properties as the primary means of communication at no price, while he invites the viewer to participate and help his creation work the way he had anticipated. He has collected a series of projects “in waiting” − of the kind that have not yet reached the audience for various reasons, but they are a part of his lab, the alchemist’s study or artist’s warehouse. There they emerged as ideas but for their materialization the two-dimensionality of painting proved inappropriate for teasing the spectator into physical participation.

2013

Janez Lenassi, Skulpture v kamnu

Janez Lenassi
Sculptures in stone

Lapidarium, 27.07.2013-15.09.2013

In terms of both private and creative life, Janez Lenassi (1927, Opatija) was rooted in the ambience of Slovenian Istria and his awareness of this defined his entire sculpting oeuvre. Facing and having the opportunity to examine a selection of decades of Lenassi’s sculptural conceptualization, the pursuit of the creative path of research, analysis and synthesis that he set for himself reveals a creatively unified oeuvre, despite logical evolutionary changes, as well as a unified notional, substantial and communicative dimension, always conditioned by the primordial source of life and all found in nature, which defines his intimate intention in the quality of attitudes to material, space and time.

Damijan Kracina, V letu kačjega pastirja

Damijan Kracina
In the Year of Dragonfly

Lapidarium, 31.05.-21.07.2013

2012

Denis Krašković, Moja zgodba

Denis Krašković
My story

Lapidarium, 28.09.-25.11.2012

The exhibition My Story contains works that were created over a long period of time and clearly demonstrate Krašković’s orientation toward figural art that is strongly imbued with Christian iconography and social engagement with current issues. The compositional stories of Postelja (Bed, 1998), Seme (Seed, 2011), Avtoportret z angelom in hudičem (Self-Portrait with an Angel and a Devil, 1993), Rokavice na klin (Hanging Up the Gloves, 2012), and others, executed as both sculptures and drawings, actualize the artist’s intimate reflection on the world, while on the other hand the dialogue with religion indicates his ethical approach to dealing with the world. The compositions with the works Bog je velik (God is Great, 2004), Noji v Afriko (Ostriches to Africa, 2003), Nit v šivanko (Thread the Needle, 2005), and others clearly express the artist’s activist ethical engagement he wishes to tell us about: Friends, this is my story.

Keramika v konceptu 4/2,

Ceramics in Concept 4/2

Lapidarium, 06.07.2012-02.09.2012

Exhibition curator: Barbara Rupel

The aim of the Ceramics in Concept 4/2 exhibition is to reaffirm the role and importance of ceramics as a specific medium of expression, which appears to various degrees of prominence in works by modern Slovenian artists in their site-specific projects. Four selected artists were invited to conceptualise the exhibition and present their work, each in one of the four different rooms of the former monastery, which we call the Lapidarium today:

Vera Stanković, MA in painting: I Bake Bread That You Can’t Eat
Nuša Lapajne Čurin, MA in painting: Spatial Systems
Iztok Amon, multimedia artist: Blindtopia - Artefact
Roman Makše, MA in sculpting: Spaces

A side-exhibition of the UNICUM 2012 International Ceramics Triennial

Igor Bravničar, Metamorfoze

Igor Bravničar
Metamorphoses

Lapidarium, 20.04.-27.05.2012

In the Metamorphoses series the artist takes as his starting point an older work done in oil on canvas which, with the help of a photographic process, he deconstructs and translates into an entirely different medium. The result is the Metamorphoses series of six C-prints mounted on Dibond, where the dimensions and framing style remain identical as an essential trace of the reproductive aspect of the works, as do the proportions within the image field, while the tactile structures and the mutual correlations and tensions of the colour spectrum have changed. In the altered chromatic vibration, the new work acquires a new identity that is entirely its own.

2011

Denis Senegačnik,

Denis Senegačnik
"Bloody Mary" Magical Unattractiveness

Lapidarium, 16.9.2011 - 06.11.2011

„The hanging of the paintings in the Kostanjevica lapidarium has been done in accordance with the artist’s own design, oriented in the first place towards connections and dialogues with individual spaces within the existing space. Through his nterventions he combines all of these in a common image composed of individual constituent units which receive different degrees of emphasis,“ as observed by curator and author of the essay accompanying the catalogue, Milena Koren Božiček, MA,
Exhibition is a result of collaboration between Božidar Jakac Art Museum and Velenje Gallery.

2010

Oto Rimele, Slike

Oto Rimele
Paintings

Lapidarium, 24.09.2010 – 12.12.2010

The Paintings exhibition in the Kostanjevica Monastery offers the visitors an experience of a sombre place in which colours start to glow when one sink into a deep contemplation. It encourages the visitors to contemplain and invites them to stay alone with the light of the room. The contemplation of images, which te artist has almost deprived from their material aspect, reveals the paintings in their primeval character – as a phenomenon of pure colour and as a desire to achieve the essence of being. When the place dives into evening dusk, the colour glow intensifies and ‘brings to life hidden beauty’ as a mystic from the 5th/6th century wrote. Then, the colour glow sinks into the darkness, or ‘disappears as the light’, to use the artist’s words.

Elena Fajt, Sobivanja

Elena Fajt
Cohabitations

Lapidarium, 21.05.2010 - 15.08.2010

Although Elena Fajt is a visual artist, her work is deeply rooted in the field of textile design. In this light, she chose cut human hair for her basic expressive medium. As it is evident in site-specific installation Cohabitatins, she continues her long-term project which she entitled Hairsenses. The artist combines hair with other materials (water, light, glass) to capture various stages of life, as perceived in our daily surrounding.

Jiři Bezlaj, Ustavljeni pogledi

Jiři Bezlaj
Arresting the eye

Lapidarium, 09.04.2010 - 03.05.2010

Exhibition by the artist who had been studying in the sixties, the era of student protest movement, and graduated researching the influence of eastern philosophies on contemporary western modern art. Needless to say, it is the very eastern mind-sets that influenced his own sculpture. The Summer cycle, presented at the exhibition, had been evolving since 2003.
„The artists who claims to be ‘stroking’ rather than chiselling the stone, has created petrified flowers which require the viewer’s touch. It takes the palm to feel the border between smoothed and rough surfaces, sliding across smooth contours and stopping at a rough part of animal, human or vegetal body fragment. The sculptures are specifically worked by the sculptor to elicit touching – they try to establish with the viewer the kind of relationship that the sculptor had to them,“ as observed by exhibition’s curator, art historian Petja Grafenauer in the essay accompanying the catalogue.

2009

Boštjan Plesničar, Ervin Potočnik, velvetarij - lapidarij

Boštjan Plesničar, Ervin Potočnik
Velvetarium - lapidarium

Lapidarium, 02.10.2009 - 31.10.2009

Boštjan Plesničar and Ervin Potočnik in their exhibition Velvetarium – lapidarium build upon the common story they set out last year with the exhibition Žametal at the Celje Centre of Modern Arts. In the lapidarium of the Božidar Jakac Gallery they attempted once again to create a dialogue between their artistic creations, one shaped radically by the archaic nature of the space.
Opening introduction and essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Goran Milovanović, the exhibition’s curator.

Več avtorjev, Keramika v Konceptu 4/1

Group Exhibition
Ceramics in Concept 4/1

Lapidarium, 29.05.2009 - 31.07.2009

Mirsad Begić – Preserving Dreams
Damjan Kracina - Sanitarium
Iztok Maroh - Systems
Nataša Sedej – The Bride’s Cell
Exhibition accompanying the International Ceramic Trienale UNICUM presented artists who highlight the presence of ceramic in their conceptual art. Essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Barbara Rupel, the exhibition’s curator.

 

2008

Karel Plemenitaš, Poti

Karel Plemenitaš
Paths

Lapidarium, 5.9.2008 - 26.10.2008


The exhibition presented artist’s then recent series of prints, made after 2000. Prints had inhabited the space as standing objects, while sketches and drawings added value to the exhibition, illustrating artist’s mental journeys during the work process.

 

Sreten Milatović, Sledi

Sreten Milatović
Traces

Lapidarium, 04.07.2008 – 17.08.2008

Exhibition presented works of Sreten Milatović, participant of the Foma Viva Symposium 2004.
Stone-granite and limestone, materials which presented sculptures were made from, had been collected by Milatović in the vicinity of his hometown Nikšić and represent the main topographic poetic foundation, through which the artist extracts mental and emotional artefacts according to the material’s physical and morphological composition and connects universal values with the genius loci. Opening introduction and essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Goran Milovanović, the exhibition’s curator.
Opening programme featured saxophonist Cene Resnik and guitar player Igor Bezget.

 

Iztok Maroh, Aluzije

Iztok Maroh
Allusions

Lapidarium, 16.05.2008 - 22.06.2008

In the words of curator Barbara Rupel who contributed accompanying essay in the catalogue,
„the exhibition proves Iztok Marof, who selected ceramics for his initial and primary vehicle of expression, as one of the most determined contemporary artists in Slovenian milieu, as well as globally“. The exhibition consisted of seven different successive site-specific installations, all tackling the topic of allusion. 

2007

Anda Klančič, Misli

Anda Klančič
Thoughts

Lapidarium, 12.10.2007 - 25.11.2007

As exhibition’s curator Barbara Rupel observes in the essay accompanying the catalogue, „the conceptual starting point of her current exhibition is human thought … She had chosen a theme that she stripped bare on the basis of her own observations and perceptions, and at the same time with the thought of ‘everyman’ among us.“
Opening programme featured Lado Jakša, performing the music created especially for the exhibition.

Dušan Tršar, Življenje v prostoru

Dušan Tršar
Life in space

Lapidarium, 11.05.2007 – 24.06.2007

Painting exhibition of „Anthropomorphic tree-shaped figures“, as curator Jure Mikuž observed in the essay accompanying the catalogue.

2006

Naca Rojnik, nekaj v, nekaj iz, nekaj za...

Naca Rojnik
Something in, something out and something for

Lapidarium, 21.09.2006 - 12.11.2006

Site-specific installation in Lapidarium of Božidar Jakac Art Museum presents sculptures ‘which spring a vitality that drowns out aesthetic and content assumptions’, as stressed in the essay accompanying the catalogue by Milena Zlatar, director of Koroška Art gallery

Boštjan Drinovec, oseminštiridesetkratokolisveta

Boštjan Drinovec
Forty-Eight Times around the World

Lapidarium, 28.06.2006 - 03.09.2006

Sculpture exhibition of the artist who, in his creative efforts, „combines figures with elements of modern sculpture, constructivism, pop-art, modernism and contemporary trends“. Opening introduction and essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Katja Ceglar, the exhibition’s curator.

Antonija Balić Šimrak, Na cedilu

Antonija Balić Šimrak
Stranded

Lapidarium, 02.06.2006 - 16.07.2006

„The objects, linked together into a spatially complete installation entitled ‘Stranded’, look like things that we know but have never seen,“ as Marko Košan, director of Carinthian Regional Museum, referred to the author and her work in the essay accompanying the catalogue. Opening speech had been contributed by dr. Mario Nobilo, ambassador of Republic of Croatia in Slovenia.

2005

Tanja Smole Cvelbar, Snov

Tanja Smole Cvelbar
Material

Lapidarium, 14.10. 2005 - 30.11. 2005

Artistic installation
In the words of exhibition’s curator Barbara Rupel, „the artist had chosen artistic installation to tell us a story about clay or, better, about the mysteries of the reification of earth (the clay pit).“
Opening programme featured LeonzMinko Duet (voice and guitar: Leon Matek, voice and accordion: Hazemina Đonlič)

Urša Toman, Sonce je bilo zeleno jajce

Urša Toman
The Sun was a Green Egg

Lapidarium, 15.04.2005 - 19.06.2005

In the site-specific installation, the sculptor exhibited three series of her works created between 2000 and 2005: Trilobites, Hobbits and Monsters. Opening introduction and essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Katja Ceglar, the exhibition’s curator.  The exhibition opening had been performed by deputy mayor of Krško municipality, Ana Nuša Somrak.
The opening programme featured clarinet quartet Clarifour.

2004

Petar Dolić, Skulpture

Petar Dolić
Sculptures

Lapidarium, 03.09.2004 – 31.10.2004

Using dynamic forms which were distinctly organic in origin, Petar Dolić, a younger generation sculptor from Croatia, builds his sculpture with recognisable and original shapes. Opening introduction and essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by art historian and critic Milan Bešlić, the exhibition’s curator.

Mihajlo J. Hardi, Ikone

Mihajlo J. Hardi
Icons

Lapidarium, 18.06.2004 - 29.08.2004


Exhibition presented icons created by eparchy priest from Križevci. Accompanying programme featured presentation of Žumberak’s Greek Catholic history.  Essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Jure Zečević, PhD, lecturer of eastern liturgics at the Catholic Theological Faculty, Zagreb. Accompanying programme featured St. Cyril and Method Choir from Zagreb.

 

Dušan Podgornik, Dihanja

Dušan Podgornik
Breathing

Lapidarium, 21.05.2004 - 15.06.2004

Exhibition of then recent works by painter, graphic artist, photographer and designer. Exhibition catalogue had been published by Insula fine Artists Society in collaboration with the Coastal Galleries Piran and Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na Krki. The catalogue contains texts by Dejan Mehmedovič, Andrej Medved and Katja Ceglar, who also introduced artist at the exhibition opening.

2003

Slavko Krajnc, Skulpture

Slavko Krajnc
Sculptures

Lapidarium, 06.06.2003 - 31.08.2003

Retrospective exhibition. Opening introduction and essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Marijan Tršar.

2002

Rastoča knjiga,

Growing Book

Lapidarium, 21.06.2002 - 22.09.2002

Exhibition presented literary sources documenting evolution of Slovene culture and knowledge. Curated by Mihael Glavan, PhD. Designed and installed by Dušan Pogornik. Exhibition opening marked the celebration of Slovenian Statehood Day. Jubilee speech had been delivered by Tone Hrovat, president of the RS National Council. Project had been introduced by Tatjana Fink, president of the Growing Book Association, while the exhibition had been presented by its curator, Mihael Glavan, PhD. accompanying programme featured Šentjernej Octet.

2001

Vlasta Žanić, Prostori

Vlasta Žanić
Spaces

Lapidarium, 01.06.2001 - 31.07.2001

Site-specific installation by Croatian artist, ‘a series of seven interventions in seven rooms’.  Essay accompanying the catalogue had been contributed by Borivoj Popovčak. Opening speech had been delivered by Croatian Minister of Culture, Antun Vujić, PhD.

2000

Mojca Smerdu, Skulpture

Mojca Smerdu
Sculptures

Lapidarium, 19.05.2000 - 31.08.2000

Site-specific installation situated in the lapidarium and at the courtyard of Božidar Jakac Art Museum. Author’s work was introduced by art critic Andrej Medved. Accompanying programme featured Boris Cavazza. 
Joint project of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum and the Coastal galleries, Piran.

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