Alkatraz Gallery


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Galerija Alkatraz
Masarykova 24, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 434 0345
Fax386 (0) 1 432 3378
Managed byKUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association
Ana Grobler, Artistic Director
Phone386 (0) 31 686 060
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Past Events
  • 22 September to 25 September 2016
    P74 Centre and Gallery presenting Tomaž Furlan and Jože Barši, Photon Gallery presenting Markus Guschelbauer, Marko Lipuš, Alen Ožbolt in Bojan Salaj and Škuc Gallery presenting Miha Štrukelj, Matej Andraž Vogrinčič and Jasmina Cibic, as well as Alkatraz Gallery presenting Igor Eškinja, Andrea Knezović in Neven Korda at Focus: Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania within viennacontemporary, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria
  • 20 May to 23 May 2016
    Der Mensch an der Grenze, an exhibition co-organised by Alkatraz Gallery featuring works by Ana Čigon, Tomaž Furlan, Nika Oblak & Tomaž Oblak, and Beli Sladoled (Miha Perne and Leon Zuodar), curated by Jadranka Plut and Vasja Nagy, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Flat 1 in Vienna, Austria
  • 3 July 2015
    Socialdress project presentation by artist Marija Mojca Pungerčar, project author at Trivia Art Association, Jadranka Plut (Alkatraz Gallery), and Ana Novak (Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA)) (Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna), in cooperation with SOHO in Ottakring at DEPOT - Raum fuer Kunst und Diskussion in Vienna, Austria
  • 4 December to 14 December 2013
    Slovenia, the promised land, a joint exhibition by Nika Autor, Suzana Brborović, Tomaž Furlan, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, curated by Jadranka Plut (Alkatraz Gallery), at SC Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 30 November to 2 December 2012
    The exhibition Exit station produced by KUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association and Alkatraz Gallery, and co-produced by Strip Core at InteriorDAsein, N gallery, Rosalux in Berlin, Germany
  • 11 November 2011
    Alkatraz Gallery with the works of Damijan Kracina, Meta Kastelic, Tomaž Tomažin, Neven Korda and Tomaž Furlan at LX Factory in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 4 November to 1 December 2011
    Break of Whiteness by Robertina Šebjanič and Mirjana Batinić, organised by Alkatraz Gallery and HULU at SC Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 30 September to 14 October 2011
    Break of Whiteness by Robertina Šebjanič and Mirjana Batinić, organised by Alkatraz Gallery at Prima Center in Berlin, Germany
  • 9 September to 11 September 2011
    Alkatraz Gallery at the Preview Berlin 2011 contemporary art with the works of Damijan Kracina, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak and Tomaž Tomažin in Berlin, Germany
  • 18 August to 31 August 2011
    Break of Whiteness by Robertina Šebjanič and Mirjana Batinić, organised by Alkatraz Gallery and HULU at Diocletian Palace Substations in Split, Croatia
  • 8 October to 10 October 2010
    Alkatraz Gallery with the works by Damijan Kracina, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak and Tomaž Tomažin and Equrna Gallery at the Preview Berlin Emerging Art Fair 2010 in Berlin, Germany
  • 6 May to 9 May 2010
    Škuc Gallery, Alkatraz Gallery, Photon Gallery, and P74 Centre and Gallery at the Viennafair 2010 in Vienna, Austria

Alkatraz Gallery 2010 Exterior Photo Jasmina Klancar.jpg

Situated in Metelkova mesto Autonomous Cultural Centre and run by KUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association, Alkatraz Gallery started out in 1996 as a project initiated by young students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Since then, it has been actively encouraging experimental artistic endeavours, hosting various interactive, exploratory and site specific projects that apply very different approaches. Nevertheless, it sometimes also displays works that creatively use traditional media.

Its main goal and programme policy is to present fresh, yet unestablished artists and artworks to the public, thus mainly featuring projects of younger artists. In recent years, the gallery is actively visiting international art fairs, presenting its curated projects and working on international collaborations. Since 2010 it is participating in the Artyčok.TV, an open archive project led by the DigiLab of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and supported by the EU Culture programme, thus contributing to one of the largest archives covering the independent arts scene.


The gallery is located in a building called the Stables, which suffered extensive damage in the period when the old authorities withdrew. It stood derelict for quite some time, but in 1996 rebuilding and re-adaptation took place. Young students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, headed by Boštjan Drinovec and Nataša Tajnik, gave it content under the idea of an artists run gallery.

In 1998, Alkatraz started to work with the art historian Bojana Piškur, today the senior curator of Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, and the curator Jadranka Plut, who managed the gallery from 2000 up to 2018. They reorganised the programme and alongside predominately exhibiting local artists, began to work with more recognised and internationally active artists.


Setting up at least one exhibition per month, Alkatraz Gallery is mostly covering the recent production of Slovene artists, usually presented through solo exhibitions. Some of the featured artists have been Žiga Kariž, Goran Medjugorac, Tina Smrekar, Nika Autor, Robertina Šebjanič, Slađana Mitrović and Sara Filipović. International artists presented in recent years include Loreta Visic, Elke Auer and Esther Straganz, Miklós Erhardt, Goran Despotovski, Srdjan Ljubiša Stoiljković, Isidora Ilić, and many others.

Fair activities

Since 2008, Alkatraz Gallery has been attending various annual art fairs, like the Volta Show in Basel in 2008, Viennafair in 2009 and 2010 and Preview Berlin 2010. Each time the Gallery presented selected works made by Slovene artists like Damijan Kracina, Nika Oblak, Primož Novak, and Tomaž Tomažin.


The gallery regularly collaborates with festival organisers and other visual arts organisations, mostly those based at Metelkova mesto. Its partners include SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts, the International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns, the Biennial of Graphic Arts and the Photonic Moments – Month of Photography. It also cooperated with the Prostor Gallery, together presenting the project of the Brazilian artist Camila Rocha.

Contemporary Art Tea Parties

Since 2006, Petja Grafenauer, Jadranka Plut, and Zoran Srdić have been organising "Contemporary Art Tea Parties" as a joint project of KUD Mreža, the Alkatraz Gallery and the GULAG Institute for Contemporary Art and Culture. These monthly events, which were encouraging public discussions of current issues in contemporary arts, have later faded into an annual event and in 2009 accompanied the Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Location and exhibition space

Located within the Metelkova mesto, a cultural centre grown on the site of the former army barracks, the Alkatraz Gallery is known for its specific look: the façade is covered almost entirely with mosaics and different sculptures, vreated over the years.

  • gallery: 90m² (10m W x 9m D x 4.5m H), incorporating 30 linear metres of wall space
  • installation system: hammer-and-nail installation throughout
  • lighting: halogen lighting system
  • sound: mixing table, amplifiers
  • technical equipment: 2 TV sets, digital camera, digital camera, video recorder, screen, video projector, slide projector, laptop computer
  • climate control: none
  • availability: space can be rented if the event fits the programme

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