Established in 2007 in the space of the former City Museum of Ljubljana Cultural and Information Centre and managed by the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, the Match Gallery (Galerija Vžigalica) is a venue for exhibitions, round-table discussions, lectures, and presentations predominantly reflecting the current art production.
Its activities are conceived in collaboration with contemporary artists, art institutions and producers – mostly Slovenian, but also international.
VÅ¾igalica Gallery in Ljubljana, 2009
Exhibitions and events
The gallery has featured the latest works of Slovene artists of the younger generation such as Manja Vadla, Sašo Vrabič, Urša Vidic, Meta Grgurevič, Saša Spačal, Veli & Amos, and Boštjan Čadež. In recent years, many exhibitions by international artists have been produced as well, including solo exhibitions by Sinta Werner, Siniša Labrović, Brad Downey, and Ali Bramwell.
In 2017, the gallery launched a new cycle "Ljubljana Bows to Slovenia", which features artists from various Slovenian cities as well as cities with a large percentage of Slovenian population. So far, artists from Celje, Trieste and Kočevje have been presented within this exhibition cycle.
Collaborations and co-productions
In the past, the Match Gallery has more frequently hosted exhibitions by other producers. Those included, for example, exhibitions by SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, the exhibition re.act.feminism, Performative Art of the 60s and 70s by the City of Women Association for Promotion of Women in Culture and the resounding exhibition The World Without Us: Narratives on the age of non-human actors curated by Inke Arns and produced by HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) (DE) and Aksioma Institute in co-production with Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and Drugo more (Rijeka, HR). It still annually hosts the Lighting Guerrilla Festival by Strip Core.
Since 2016, the Match Gallery is one of the main venues of the Indigo Festival organised by Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and Marsh Creative Production.