The Maribor Project took place in the European Capital of Culture 2012 at the invitation of Umetnostna galerija Maribor (UGM) and Maribor Capital of Culture 2012 office. The focus of the project was an exhibition by Rebecca Horn. In her turn, she invented fellow visual artists Matthias Deumlich, Ali Kaaf, Antonio Paucar, Jacob Schaible, and Markus Wüste to participate in an artistic dialogue at UGM. Poetry readings by Rod Mengham, Tomaž Šalamun, Joachim Sartorius, and Yang Lian, a roundtable discussion with Rebecca Horn and Ales Šteger, a concert given by Hayden Chisholm, and a film presentation were all important elements in the event.
The intercultural and interdisciplinary approach of both the exhibition and the Maribor Project was able to break down the divisions between disciplines and cultures. The artistic diversity, the specific political, social, and historical references to Slovenia, and the aesthetic relationships between the works on display as well as the use of different media ranging from sculpture, drawing, installation, and film to performance, music, and poetry gave visitors the opportunity to explore the complex and very special way art deals with philosophical approaches to life and death, love and hatred, and the inner and outer worlds.
(excerpt from the foreword by Ronald Grätz and Nina Bingel)
Size: 26, 5 x 20,5 cm, 112 pages
Publisher: Steidl, 2014