Laibach Kunst

Laibach Kunst

Trbovlje, Slovenia

Laibach is a cross-media collective formation, founded in 1980 in the industrial mining town Trbovlje. The name Laibach (Austro-German for the capital city Ljubljana) as well as the group’s militant self-stylisation, propagandist manifestos and statements have raised numerous debates on their artistic and political positioning. Due to official political ban on Laibach in Slovenia/Yugoslavia in 1983 the group initiated the founding of a wider collective of NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst) in 1984 and its graphic department Novi Kolektivizem (New Collectivism), extending Laibach tactics and aesthetic into a wider and diverse media practice. This led to the establishment of a strong platform for cultural activity within the climate of liberalisation and pluralisation in 80ies Yugoslavia. NSK existed as a collective movement till 1992, when it modified itself into a virtual State in Time. Laibach became internationally renowned in the music scene, especially with their violating re-interpretations of hits by Queen and the Beatles, but also by their unique concerts in occupied Sarajevo (1995) or their recent one in North Korean capital of Pyongyang (2015) and remaining a point of reference in terms of artistic cultural criticism. During recent years the group underwent an international re-evaluation of their artistic practice in the course of an emergence of post-structuralist views on worldwide conceptual art production and has thus performed a special extended and sold out show on April 14th 2012 in London’s Tate Modern - Turbine Hall. Extensive Laibach Kunst retrospective exhibitions were shown in Łódź (Muzeum Sztuki), Ljubljana (MGLC), Trbovlje (Delavski Dom), Maribor (UGM) and Zagreb (HDLU) in the period between 2009 - 2012. Laibach has also been subject of the large retrospective exhibition on NSK, presented by Moderna Gallery Ljubljana in 2015, in Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven in 2016, in Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, 2016 and in Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, 2017.

Represented by P74 Gallery

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