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Past Events
  • 22 September to 19 November 2017
    How to Read a Map, a solo exhibition by Irwin, at Pasquart Kunsthaus in Biel, Switzerland
  • 27 June 2017 to 8 January 2018
    NSK: From Kapital to Capital, an exhibition of the Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), Irwin, organised in cooperation with Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain
  • 11 May to 15 July 2017
    NSK State Pavilion, commissioned by Irwin, curated by Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche, and directed by Mara Ambrožič, with an inaugural lecture by philosopher Slavoj Žižek, in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale at Palazzo Ca' Tron - IUAV University of Venice in Venice, Italy
  • 10 March to 11 March 2017
    Name Readymade by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša (Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute), Psycho Geographic by Irwin, Protestival by Vuk Ćosić, and a screening of My Name Is Janez Janša, produced by Aksioma Institute and co-produced by Maska Institute and Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), at the meeting Strange Correspendences at Casa Cavazzini in Udine/Videm, Italy
  • 28 February to 15 July 2017
    Contemporary Artistic Revolutions: An Institutional Perspective, an exhibition featuring works by Irwin, Novi kolektivizem (NK) and Janja Žvegelj and conference attended by Barbara Borčić presenting SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Urbanaria projects, as well as Tevž Logar and Vladimir Vidmar (ŠKUC Gallery), at AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 13 December 2016 to 28 February 2017
    The Material Body of Art, a group exhibition featuring works by Irwin, the OHO Group, Matej Stupica and Lenka Đorojević presented by Galleria A plus A, at Galleria A plus A in Venice, Italy
  • 10 December to 17 December 2016
    A group exhibition featuring works by Irwin, the OHO Group, Matej Stupica and Lenka Đorojević presented by Galleria A plus A, and a screening of Ron’s Story, produced by the Aksioma Institute and Video Production Kregar Studio (VPK Studio), at the Venice International Art Performance Week at European Cultural Centre Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy
  • 11 November 2016 to 14 January 2017
    IRWIN 1983–2016, a solo exhibition of works by Irwin, presented by the Gregor Podnar Gallery, at Gregor Podnar Gallery in Berlin, Germany
  • 10 November 2016 to 7 May 2017
    Cold Front from the Balkans, an exhibition co-curated by Alenka Gregorič (City Art Gallery Ljubljana) also featuring works by Irwin, Laibach, the OHO Group, Jasmina Cibic, and Mark Požlep, at Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 6 October to 9 October 2016
    Gregor Podnar Gallery showcases a number of artists, including Irwin, and The Relations by Jaša at Frieze London Art Fair, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London, at Dalston Pier, Regent’s Park in London, United Kingdom
  • 13 May to 17 July 2016
    Planting Seeds, a solo exhibition of works by Irwin, at Łaźnia Centre For Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Poland
  • 26 January to 27 March 2016
    Intermarium, a group exhibition featuring works by Irwin, at Futura Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 16 January to 4 March 2016
    Monuments Should Not Be Trusted, an exhibition featuring works by Avgust Černigoj, Lojze Logar, NSK (NSK State), Irwin and OHO (OHO Group Award), curated by Lina Džuverović and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London, at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 15 December 2015 to 23 January 2016
    White Screen Black Hole, an exhibition also featuring the documentary Black Square on Red Square by Irwin, at Ariel Sanat in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 12 October to 16 October 2015
    A workshop with Irwin at Architecture and Design, UMPRUM Academy of Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 27 September 2015 to 10 January 2016
    IRWIN :Wo denkst du hin?!, an exhibition of works by Irwin, at Kunsthalle Osnabrück in Osnabrück, Germany
  • 6 February 2015
    United Through Adversity panel discussion in the scope of the Grammar of Freedom - Five Lessons exhibition, among speakers also Zdenka Badovinac, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol and the artists Borut Vogelnik and Roman Uranjek (Irwin group), in collaboration with Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, at Garage Education Center and Library in Moscow, Russia
  • 9 January to 1 February 2015
    Irwin at the joint exhibition Art Has No Alternative at in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 20 November 2014 to 28 February 2015
    Irwin at the group exhibition Just as money is the paper, the gallery is the room at Osage Shanghai in Shanghai, China
  • 16 November 2014 to 22 February 2015
    Irwin at the joint exhibition Eastwards: Freedom, Borders, Projections at Ludwig Forum Aachen in Aachen, Germany
  • 27 September to 2 November 2014
    Irwin at the 4th International Çanakkale Biennial Only the Dead have Seen the End of War in Çanakkale, Turkey
  • 1 August to 21 September 2014
    Irwin at the group exhibition The New International at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia
  • 18 June to 1 July 2014
    At Least One Cross A Day After 1.1.2002, an exhibition by Roman Uranjek (Irwin), at Multimedia Center Mala Stanica in Skopje, Macedonia
  • 21 May 2014
    Time for a new state – some say you can find happiness there, a lecture by Irwin, in the framework of Wiener Festwochen at Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna, Austria
  • 26 April 2014
    Corpse of Art, a mixed-media installation by Irwin, at NuN in Berlin, Germany
  • 15 March to 2 June 2014
    Irwin, Dreams and Conflicts, an exhibition dedicated to the eponymous group, opens at Galleria Civica di Modena in Modena, Italy
  • 8 March to 22 June 2014
    Hans in Luck - Art & Capital, a joint exhibition also featuring works by Irwin, at Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, Germany
  • 6 February to 6 March 2014
    Japonism in Contemporary Art exhibition curated by Kyoko Sato Ono and Emil Memon also featuring works by Tobias Putrih, Irwin and Emil Memon, supported by the JCC Fund (Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.) and in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan in New York, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, and the Japan Foundation, New York at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club in New York, USA
  • 18 January to 15 February 2014
    The Uninterrupted Production of the Object, an exhibition by Irwin, at Rampa in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 15 December 2013 to 15 February 2014
    CAMERE XIX, an exhibition also featuring the video installation Transnacionala by Irwin, at RAM radioartemobile in Rome, Italy
  • 7 December 2013 to 30 March 2014
    The exhibition Museum of Arte Útil also featuring projects by Irwin and Apolonija Šušteršič at Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 30 November to 2 February 2013
    Radical Conservatism, a joint exhibition also featuring works by Irwin, at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 16 November 2013 to 9 February 2014
    Power of the Powerless, a joint exhibition also featuring works by Irwin, in Baden-Baden, Germany
  • 8 November 2013 to 2 February 2014
    Irwin at the joint exhibition Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013 at Tate Liverpool in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 16 October 2013
    NSK State in Time, a lecture by Miran Mohar (Irwin), at Rupert in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 26 September to 24 November 2013
    Regionalism, an international group exhibition also featuring works by Irwin, at Salzburg Kunstverein in Salzburg, Austria
  • 21 September to 21 November 2013
    Was ist Kunst?, a joint exhibition also featuring works by Slovene artists Marina Gržinić/Aina Šmid, Irwin, Laibach, OHO, Marko Pogačnik, and Sašo Sedlaček, organised in the framework of the Festival of new art - steirischer herbst at Künstlerhaus in Graz, Austria
  • 18 September 2013
    The panel discussion History is not given, please help to construct it also featuring Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova), Miran Mohar (Irwin), and Borut Vogelnik (Irwin) at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany
  • 7 September to 14 December 2013
    Corpse of Art, a mixed-media installation by Irwin is presented in the framework of the joint exhibition Other People’s Problems: Conflicts and Paradoxes, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Herzliya, Israel
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  • 14 June to 13 July 2013
    Black Square - 100 Years, a group exhibition also featuring works by Laibach and Irwin at Australian Experimental Art Foundation - Lion Arts Centre in Adelaide, Australia
  • 23 May to 16 June 2013
    Laibach-Kunst and Irwin at the Twente Biënnale 2013 in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 18 January to 23 February 2013
    Was ist Kunst Hugo Ball, an exhibition by Irwin at Gregor Podnar Gallery in Berlin, Germany
  • 14 November 2012 to 1 April 2013
    Irwin in a joint exhibition A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance at Tate Modern in London, United Kingdom
  • 28 September 2012 to 27 January 2013
    Construction of the Context, an exhibition by Irwin, at Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 21 September to 28 September 2012
    NAME Readymade project by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, and Janez Janša, produced by Maska Institute and Aksioma Institute, Zdenka Badovinac, and Irwin participating in the 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art at the 2012 Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria
  • 2 June to 30 September 2012
    Irwin and Tomaž Furlan at the European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 9 in Genk, Belgium
  • 1 June 2012
    Self-historicisation as Artistic Practice: The Case of Irwin, workshop with Saša Nabergoj, SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts in collaboration with the History of Art Department, University College London at Calvert 22 Gallery in London, United Kingdom
  • 13 April 2012
    IRWIN in Context - Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer in conversation with Irwin at Calvert 22 Gallery in London, United Kingdom
  • 4 April to 22 June 2012
    IRWIN – Time for a New State / NSK – Folk Art exhibition presenting Irwin and NSK State at Calvert 22 Gallery in London, United Kingdom
  • 20 March to 21 April 2012
    Neue Slowenische Kunst 1984-1992 exhibition curated by Michele Drascek, presenting Laibach, Irwin, Novi kolektivizem (NK) and Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre at Chelsea Space in London, United Kingdom
  • 16 March to 20 May 2012
    Art Histories exhibition curated by Marie-Josée Jean featuring also Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid, Irwin and Laibach at VOX Centre in Montreal, Canada
  • 1 February to 3 February 2012
    IRWIN–NSK Passport Office, New York (printing a limited number of passports) and NSK State Citizens Rendezvous. In conjunction with the exhibition Print/Out and MoMA Print Studio at MoMA in New York, USA
  • 22 October to 27 November 2011
    Artworks by Irwin, OHO and Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid at the Kontakt Sofia… Works from the Kontakt Art exhibition at Sofia City Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1 June to 4 June 2011
    Photon Gallery and Miran Mohar at Continental breakfast. place of encounter 2011 by Trieste Contemporanea in Trieste/Trst, Italy
  • 1 November 2010 to 31 January 2011
    Irwin on the exhibition The (im)potence of the image at BELvue museum in Brussels, Belgium
  • 21 September to 28 November 2010
    The works by Irwin, Eva Petrič, Tadej Pogačar, Nika Špan, and Petra Varl at the Heimat exhibition at Museum of Modern Art Carinthia in Klagenfurt/Celovec, Austria
  • 6 February to 10 April 2010
    IRWIN: The Eye of the State (related to Irwin, Laibach, Novi kolektivizem (NK)) curated by Avi Pitchon, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv at The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon, Israel

The internationally acclaimed Irwin group was established in Ljubljana in 1983 by 5 artists: Dušan Mandič, Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek, and Borut Vogelnik. Along with the music group Laibach, the performance group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (which later evolved into Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet) and the design section Novi kolektivizem (NK), the Irwin group is part of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) movement. Irwin is represented by the Gregor Podnar Gallery. In 2004 Irwin received the Rihard Jakopič Award, the most important visual arts award in Slovenia.

The name of the group Irwin comes from a reference to Marcel Duchamp (Rrose Sélavy) and was initially Rrose Irwin Sélavy but was soon shortened to R Irwin S.

Working procedure

In the work of the group, two fundamental approaches may be observed. The first is an emphasis on collective working rather than privileging the individuality of the artist. All the projects are signed Irwin; only for the paintings and smaller projects produced after 2004 is it known which of the members is the creator. The second important characteristic is the so-called retro-principle, whereby works become a collage of quotations and allusions to various sources, such as past symbols, iconography, and philosophical ideas. The group explained the paradoxical position of retro-avant-gardism in an official statement The Future is the Seed of the Past in 1987.

Since the 1990s, Irwin's complex and provocative art practices have been characterised by parallels between aesthetics and institutional criticism, the creation of discussion platforms and international dialogue. The group has been concentrating on a critical examination of art history by pointing out the artificiality of the historical structures of Western art that continue to this day to exclude contemporary Eastern European art. Irwin's projects intervene in social and historiographical activities and have helped redefine the status of art in Eastern Europe.


From the 1980s, Irwin's most important projects are, for instance, "Red Districts" (1987), a painting that commemorates history and work, art and totalitarianism, "Was Ist Kunst" (1984), a series on the ideology of art, and "Four Seasons" (1988).

Among the most important projects realised by Irwin during the 1990s there are Retroavantgarda (1994–2000), mapping specific artistic practice on the territories of ex-Yugoslavia, Transnacionala (1996), a journey across along the lines of colonisation from west to east across of the United States, NSK Embassy Moscow (1992), Black Square on Red Square (1992), a guerilla action that took place on Moscow's Red Square, Kapital (1991), an exhibition in Clock Tower Gallery in New York, and the East Art Map.

East Art Map (EAM)

The project aims to critically (re)construct the history of contemporary art in Eastern Europe (from 1945 on). The project is based on the idea that history is not given but has to be constructed and the fact that the documentation of the contemporary art scene in Eastern Europe has been very poor. In EAM, artists are taken out of their national frameworks and presented in a unified scheme of the Eastern European art scene. In collaboration with New Moment: Magazine for Art and Advertising, Irwin invited a group of eminent art critics, curators, and artists from different ex-socialist countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe to create the basic database. It was first published in an issue of New Moment in 2002, then a CD was made, and in 2004 EAM was put online as a truly participatory project open for contributions. Since Irwin does not seek to establish some ultimate truth, the map is still being upgraded by public proposals. The website is part of the e-flux projects and includes instructions on how to participate. The book East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, edited by Irwin, was published by Afterall in 2006.


Irwin has realised about 150 projects and solo exhibitions in Europe (most of the exhibitions have been held in Germany, Slovenia, and Austria), Russia, and the USA. Irwin's solo exhibition Construction Of The Context was on display in Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn in September 2012. The exhibition Time for a New State was held in London, Pristine, and Leipzig in 2012 and a year prior in Moscow. The project started in Lagos where Irwin members found signs saying "Time for a new state" on advertising billboards and decided to use them as a ready-made. Among other projects focused on the state there was also IRWIN–NSK Passport Office presented in MoMA Print Studio in New York in 2012; The Eye of the State, an exhibition curated by Avi Pitchon for the Israeli Center for Digital Art staged in cooperation with the Public Movement in 2010; and the first congress of NSK citizens which took place in Berlin in 2010. There it became clear that the NSK citizens are self-organised and can develop their country on their own, for example, they started with a series of events Rendez-vous in Lyon, London, New York, and Leipzig.

Another of Irwin's mofe recent projects Was ist Kunst Hugo Ball (2010) was presented in Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and in Gregor Podnar Gallery in Berlin, where Irwin's Monochromes were on display in 2008 as well.

Art collections

Irwin's work is included in 14 important art collections, such as the collection of the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig MUMOK in Vienna, ESSL MUSEUM in Klosterneuburg, Kunsthalle zu Kiel in Kiel, the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb in Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje in Skopje, and Moderna galerija in Ljubljana.

International group exhibitions

Since its beginnings, Irwin has exhibited at several prestigious international exhibitions, for instance, After the Wall–Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe in Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1999, Aspect / Positions – 50 Years of Art in Central Europe 1949–99 in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest; at the first Manifesta in Rotterdam in 1996 and at Manifesta 09 in Genk, where the work Red Districts was on display in 2012. Among other important exhibitions, Irwin participated in the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2003; the 9th Istanbul Biennial in 2005; at Eye on Europe in the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006.

During the last few years Irwin's work has been included in over 20 group exhibitions per year. In 2012, for instance, Irwin participated in Collaborations & Interventions in CCA Andratx; Quadratic Equations in Kepes Institut in Budapes;, Moving forward, counting backwards in Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC in Mexico City; Spirits of Internationalism in Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerpen, and many others.

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