KiBela, prostor za umetnost
Kneza Koclja 9, SI-2000 Maribor
386 (0) 59 076 371, 386 (0) 59 076 372
386 (0) 59 076 370
Aleksandra Kostič, Artistic Director
KiBela hall is on the ground floor of Narodni dom and was rennovated in January 1999 with the purpose of installing visual and other forms of art. Otherwise the KiBela programme has been running since the year 1996 when Multimedia Center Kibla has been established. In the second half of the 90's plans for KiBela have begun to take form with the help of experience and common knowledge-in a time when emergence of new technologies and art approaches has already become self-evident and necessary when planning a contemporary gallery.
KiBela incorporates a spectrum of different ideas, methods and visions that coexist in art. The creativity of traditional media is important to enrich electronic ones, but all in the context of historical continuity of visual art, in the sense of a bigger aesthetization and integration of electronic media and principles in art.
The gallery collaborates and presents the recent works of multimedia and visual artists following the curated programme of house and external, freelance curators. The list of artists who have been presented at KiBela reads like a who's who in contemporary art and especially, new media art. Pioneer and innovative artists who are at the forefront of new media art, whether from abroad or from Slovenia, have been exhibited alongside young and emerging artists. Since 2004 all of KiBela's events – more than 100 – are documented on KiBela's online archive.
KiBela is also a multi-purpose space for organising seminars, presentations, round tables, press conferences and rich cultural programmes, including theatre performances, video projections, concerts, literary readings, debate clubs, etc.
As Kibla is extensively involved in international cooperation projects, KiBela Art Space also participates internationally by providing an exhibition space for presentations – and has been attending international art fairs.
KiBela is on the ground floor of Narodni dom Maribor and was renovated in January 1999 with the purpose of installing visual and other forms of art. KiBela cooperates often with other spaces and institutions and sometimes prepares site-specific projects.