U3 Triennial of Contemporary Slovene Arts
|U3 - trienale sodobne slovenske umetnosti|
|Maistrova 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 6825|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 251 4120|
|Organised by||Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova|
|Frequency||triennially (2019 date not fully confirmed)|
|Festival dates||20.6. - 29.9. 2013|
3.6.2016 - 18.9.2016
15.10.2019 - 31.12.2019
1.1.2020 - 15.1.2020
|Zdenka Badovinac, Director|
|Mateja Dimnik, Public Relations Officer|
The curator of the first U3 was the Slovene art historian and criticwho presented the horizontal survey of the "postmodern pluralism" but tackled also the degrading social status of the local artists. The second triennial of 1997 was curated by Peter Weibel, a multimedia curator, artist and writer, active at Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe. Themes were dislocation, discommunication, medialisation, contextualisation, and a critique of the museum institution and art system. His edition of U3 stirred a lot of local polemics mostly arguing the potent role of the curator.
The 3rd triennial of 2000 entitled Vulgata, was conceived by Slovene art historian and curator Škuc Gallery, and questioned the Slovene national identity based on social constructs. Among others it exhibited the works of , , , , , , , and ., then the artistic director of the
The 4th triennial of 2003 with the title Here and There was curated by Christine Van Assche, a new media curator from the Musée national d'art moderne at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. It concentrated on the concept of the museum, based on the supposition that museums have changed tremendously over the last fifty years. The shifting concept of museums was presented in 20 projects that expanded also through other mainstream channels: prints were exhibited on billboards throughout Ljubljana (Random Logic), a project on the Internet ( ), and a project involving visitors' cell phones ( ).), a video was broadcast on TV ( , and ), the exhibition included projections on the façade of the museum ( ), a music performance in a theatre (
The curator of the 5th edition of U3 (2006) was Kapelica Gallery. The exhibition was divided into 4 modules. The first one exposed the "good practices", which drew attention to the unexploited possibilities for improving the production conditions in the field of visual arts. The second module featured the exhibition of 11 selected new media art projects by , BridA, , , , and others. The third module, featured in the central room of the triennial, dealt with the analysis of the 20th-century production and public presentations. The fourth module consisted of panel discussions, talks and performances. Several representatives of international art institutions, centres, organisations and networks presented their artist-in-residence programmes., artistic director of Ljubljana's
The 6th edition of the triennial, Idea for Living [Kako živeti], was postponed to June 2010 because of the renovation of the Museum of Modern Art. It was conceived by Charles Esche, current director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, who dedicated his research to the reflection on the notion of realism in contemporary art. His selection included the most Slovene artists since the triennial's inception. The exhibition was designed by Bevk Perović Arhitekti and also featured carefully selected historical works from the museum's collection as well as works by some key figures from the ex-Yugoslavian film and art scene.
The 2013 edition was curated by Paris-based Slovenian curatorand presented the activities of over 150 artists, designers, performers, musicians, architects, and others linked to some 30 different (international) artistic collectives, groups, platforms, networks and organisations that practice DIWO (Do It With Others) principle. The exhibition addressed the concept of Resiliance, the intertwining of life and art to reach creative and existential sustainability.
In 2016 Boris Groys curated the Beyond the Globe edition, which also reached beyond the national framework of the triennial.
- Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM)
- Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
- The 8th U3 Triennial of Contemporary Slovene Arts website
- The 7th U3 Triennial of Contemporary Slovene Arts website
- The 6th U3 with recorded statements by C. Esche on Museum of Modern Art website
- The U3 on e-flux