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Pro et Contra, the exhibition of posters by Novi kolektivizem (NK), a conversation with Miran Mohar (Irwin), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Podgorica,
at the Decembarska umetnička scena DEUS
The exhibition Dates 9 by Radenko Milak and Roman Uranjek (Irwin, NSK State, Novi kolektivizem (NK)), featuring a talk with artist Radenko Milak, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Budapest,
Lebanon Beirut AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery
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),
United Kingdom London Chelsea Space
Neue Slowenische Kunst 1984-1992 exhibition curated by Michele Drascek, presenting Laibach, Irwin, Novi kolektivizem (NK) and Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre
Israel Holon The Israeli Center for Digital Art
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
Today Novi Kolektivizem works as a classical design studio, yet rather to adapt to client's needs it still follows the principle of retro-avant-gardism and presents its own artistic approach combining art and design. Among the most important designs are the logotypes for the new Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and for one of the oldest and largest non-profit contemporary art institutions in the United States – P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a partner gallery of the world's most-acknowledged gallery Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
In 1984 the groups Laibach, Irwin and Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre joined together to create the Neue Slowenische Kunst (meaning "New Slovene Art" in German). Together with Novi Kolektivizem and the later established Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet they began addressing the nationalist aspirations surfacing in Yugoslavia. The NSK Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy presents another flexible subdivision of NSK, sharing a similar way of thinking and expressing through different media. The book entitled Neue Slowenische Kunst showcased the work of the various individual groups of the NSK up to the year 1989; designed by Novi Kolektivizem it was released in 1991.
"Novi Kolektivizem was responsible for one of biggest scandals in the history of Yugoslavia, which came at a time of increasing instability as the state descended towards violent disintegration. In 1987 NK took part in the competition to design a poster and a torch to commemorate Dan mladosti (Day of Youth, 25 May) and the birthday of Josip Broz Tito. NK's entry won, picked by the juries of the organisers, and the poster was reproduced in Politika, the main Yugoslav daily newspaper, where an astute member of the public spotted the striking similarity to Nazi artist Richard Klein's painting The Third Reich and duly informed the press. In a country heavily steeped in the romanticised mythology of the anti-fascist, communist partisan struggle, this was highly embarrassing for the authorities. This poster brought home the uncomfortable point that fascism is very much the same as Communism. The full scale of the scandal took NK by surprise, with news travelling beyond Yugoslavia's borders. Michael Benson first heard of the NSK through reports of the story in the USA while working with The New York Times, and a few years later he filmed Prediction of Fire. Despite the furore, no charges were brought against NK." (Source: "The Day of Youth Poster Scandal" on The Unofficial Laibach Site, see below for link.)
Novi Kolektivizem continuously designs exhibition catalogues and publications for the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Among them are also the book Museum in the Streets, and catalogues from the Interrupted Histories, Form-Specific, and 7 Sins: Ljubljana &endash; Moscow exhibitions of the Arteast Exhibition, and the book Marjetica Potrč: Next Stop, Kiosk. The renovated Museum of Modern Art re-opened in 2009 with the exhibition of Zoran Mušič, and was accompanied by a catalogue designed by Novi Kolektivizem, published with about a hundred different motives of the painter's work.
In cooperation with Berlin-based Kunstwerke, Novi Kolektivizem designs all the exhibition catalogues of the events of the P.S.1 gallery. For the book Irwin Retroprincip pulished in 2006 in Slovenian language, NK deliberately used the same design principles as for the P.S.1 publications. Since Roman Uranjek and Miran Mohar are both members of Irwin, the derivation of their current work at the NK section presents their contribution to the retrospective collection of Irwin's work.
In 1998 NK took over the design of a permanent exhibition of Slovene avant-garde artist Avgust Černigoj, the only Slovene artist attending famous school Bauhaus in Weimar, whose work all NSK groups deeply appreciated and were inspired by. Černigoj's work and NK design can be seen at the Avgust Černigoj Gallery, Lipica. Novi Kolektivizem designed several temporary exhibitions, among them also TANK- Slovene historical avant-garde at the Museum of Modern Art in 1999.
In 1986 the NK group designed the scenography for the play Krst pod Triglavom, the performance where for the first time all fractions of NSK cooperated. In 2008 NK took over the graphic design of the performance Romeo and Public, a project by Mala Kline and the director Tomi Janežič, produced by EnKnapGroup (EKG).
In 2020 a poster by New Collectivism about the coronavirus pandemic titled "New World Order" was virtually distributed in many cities around the world, including Berlin, Beijing, London, Paris, New York, Ljubljana and Moscow. In December of 2020 they have opened DEUS 2020 event in Podgorica with the exhibition of posters New Collectivism, Pro et contra.