The Last Contemporary Art Museum

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Poslednji muzej sodobne umetnosti
http://www.kracina.com/poslednji_muzej_sodobne_umetnosti.html
kracina@gmail.com
Logje 14, SI-5223 Breginj
Phone386 (0) 41 550 121
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The Last Contemporary Art Museum is a highly peculiar art exhibition venue, set deep in the hills, in a small village called Logje. It was set up by the sculptor and multimedia artist Damijan Kracina, who rearranged his 200-year-old house according to the concept of the "cabinets of curiosities" (Wunderkammer), the Renaissance precursors to museums. This is not a coincidence, but rather a clear-cut serendipity: the main focus of the museum, Kracina's sculptures, graphic art and videos, frequently tackle the biotic diversity of the animal world.

This off the beaten track setting is a perfect site for the afterlife of such objects. While an exhibition goer gets immersed into the theatre of memory, recollecting past encounters with individual sculptures at various exhibitions, a tourist is taken by surprise as he stumbles upon a world of contemporary art far from the white-cube gallery spaces.

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Background

The house hosting the Last Contemporary Art Museum used to belong to the sculptor's grandmother. For years he's been using the place as a summer getaway and a studio for his work. In 2015 he decided to redesign a part of it as a gallery and thus open the house to the public. The given name reflects the fact that Logje is (together with the neighbouring Breginj) the westernmost village in Slovenia, thus literally making this the "last museum". The latter alludes to the fact that it serves as an archive of Kracina's work, and – according to him – also reflects the phase that contemporary art is currently in.

The village Logje is located in the Breginjski kot (Breginj Corner) region. Here, one can trace the remnants of the region's exceptional architectural heritage in stone houses with characteristic wooden balconies, typical of Venetian Slovenia.

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The collection

The place is mostly host to a selection of major works from Kracina's artistic opus, featuring his sculptures, installations, pictures, videos and other artworks. A selection of works by his peers such as Katarina Toman Kracina, Vladimir Leben, Goran Medjugorac, Tanja Radež, Matevž Paternoster and others is also on display.

The arrangement of the exhibition, which, for example, imaginatively uses the old pigsty and barn premises, partly depends on the season, as the place is only really active throughout the summer months. During that time, one can also visit the small museum shop and participate in workshops, concerts and video screenings that take place. Then, for example, Kracina's experimental videos and documentaries are projected to the facade of the neighbour's house.

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Damjan Kracina

Damijan Kracina is living and working in Ljubljana. Primarily a sculptor, the scope of Kracina's artistic endeavours is nevertheless wide-ranging. He is frequently exhibiting abroad as well as across Slovenia.

Kracina is one of the founding members of the Domestic Research Society. He used to be the artistic director (1997-2000) of the now defunct art centre ARTileria Kluže. In Ljubljana he is active at Metelkova, where he co-founded the Night Window Display Gallery Pešak.

Events

In 2016, the place was also a site for the live streaming of »Javorca – Resurrection«, a musical-research project by the accordionist Bratko Bibič, done in coproduction with the nearby-set Sajeta Creative Camp. Other summer events feature a performance by the folk singer Bogdana Herman, film screenings and a number of animation, movie, cooking and visual arts workshops.

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