30 Nov 2017
United Kingdom London Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
24 Jun 2017
Germany Berlin Archive Kabinett
A presentation of the art history book Extending the Dialogue, published by the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, with Ekaterina Degot, Antonia Majaća, Christiane Erharter and Urška Jurman
4 Jun 2017
Estonia Tallinn Noblessneri sadamalinnak
30 Mar 2017
Austria Vienna Erste Campus
The book launch of Extending the Dialogue edited by Urška Jurman (Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory), supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna,
Igor Zabel was a Slovene curator, writer and cultural theorist who, during his entire life, was actively involved in many fields of theory and culture – as a philosopher, author, essayist, modern and contemporary art curator, literary and art critic, translator, and model for new generations of curators and critics of contemporary art. As a curator and writer, he tirelessly called for the profound exploration of those political, social and cultural undercurrents that had the potential to give us a better understanding of the post-communist world of today.
From 1984 to 1986 he worked as free-lance writer and since 1986 as curator of Moderna galerija (Museum of Modern Art). In his work as curator he organised numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art presenting artists from Slovenia and abroad. From 1998 to 2000 he was coordinator of Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana. In 2003 he curated the show Individual Systems as part of the 50th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial.
Zabel also published two books of essays on contemporary art and a number of essays and articles in catalogues and magazines. He was editor of the magazine of the Museum of Modern Art M’ars and co-editor of the journal of contemporary curatorship MJ Manifesta Journal.
In November 2012 Contemporary Art Theory, a comprehensive selection of Igor Zabel’s writings in the English language, was published by JRP Ringier in co-edition with Les presses du réel and Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, ERSTE Foundation and Moderna galerija, Ljubljana. Zabel’s texts tackle modern and contemporary art from Socialist Realism and Conceptual Art to Post-Modernism and Contextual Art, particularly in Slovenia and Eastern Europe, and thus provide also insight into Zabel’s curatorial strategies. The book is edited by Igor Španjol and divided into four chapters: East-West and Between, Strategies and Spaces of Art, Ad Personam (individual artists and thematic phenomena) and Extras (selected columns on arts and culture).
In 2016 the IZA Editions series of books in English was launched by Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory and Archive Books (Berlin), the first publication by Beti Žerovc tackling the issue of contemporary curatorship.