The Wonderfulness of Memory

The Wonderfulness of Memory

Exhibition Catalogue
32.00 EUR

Artists: Rosa Barba, Sophie Calle, Janet Cardiff, Jimmie Durham, Vadim Fiškin, Teresa Margolles, Ernesto Neto, Adrian Paci, Lia Perjovschi, Marjetica Potrč, Tobias Putrih, Miha Štrukelj, Aleksandra Vajd & Anetta Mona Chisa, Samson Young

Writers: Rosa Barba, Sophie Calle, Alva Noë, Jimmie Durham, Vladimir Vidmar, Oscar Gardea, Alenka Gregorič, Sarah Messerschmidt, Birte Kleine-Benne, Corina Apostol, David Crowley, Marjetica Potrč, Barbara Predan, Petr Borkovec, Samson Young

Due to the mostly gloomy stories about Cukrarna anchored in our collective memory, the curatorial decision in conceiving the exhibition followed a turnaround in perspective and search for a connection between its past with contemporary art production, exploring the positive and creative sides of the work of the modernist foursome that brought new ideas, new themes and new forms of expression into the Slovenian arena. The Wonderfulness of Memory is a derivative of the thought set down by Dragotin Kette in a letter to Ivan Cankar: "And I laughed at your credulity too, you who so readily believe the wonderfulness from the mouths of my friends, the wonderfulness that becomes wonderfulness only through their wonderful memory." In reading the letters of their correspondence, a narrative emerged about the transition from the past to the present. As is so often the case, it turns out that the modernist writers were plagued by similar problems as today's artists: they were misunderstood, disrespected and usually on the verge of survival, but their belief in the power of art never faded.

Published by: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana / Cukrarna Gallery
Represented by: Blaž Peršin
For Cukrarna Gallery: Alenka Gregorič
Catalogue editors: Alenka Gregorič, Alenka Trebušak
Texts: Alenka Gregorič, Blaž Peršin, dr. Blaž Vurnik
Slovenian translation: Urban Belina, Aleksandra Melanšek, Marjana Karer
Slovenian language editing: Mirjam Furlan Lapanja, Katja Paladin, Anjuša Belehar
English translation: Urban Belina, Rawley Grau, Marjana Karer, Sunčan Stone, Maja Visenjak Limon
English language editing: Ana Čavić, Paula Kirby
Tralslation from Czech to Slovenian: Aleksandra Vajd
Translation from Czech to English: Anetta Mona Chisa
Photographs: artists unless stated otherwise, Andrej Peunik/MGML
Design and layout: Ajdin Bašić
Print: Cicero d. o. o., Ljubljana
Print run: 1000
Number of pages: 228
September 2021