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Apolonija Sušterši?

Showroom / Meeting Room, Backroom
Showroom / Meeting room, Backroom was an action project related to the present cultural politics in Slovenia. It addressed the question of the founding of a Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, which has been discussed over the last fifteen years.

Moderna Galerija / Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana put forth a proposal for establishing the Museum of Contemporary Art, a contemporary venue that would function not only as a space for representation but also a space for production and experimentation. The idea was never fully endorsed by Slovenian cultural politics, but put off with spurious excuses.

An important element of the action was its location: A dilapidating former military barracks, which had been allotted to Moderna Galerija for its extension.
The idea was to renovate one single room in the building (as a Showroom), which would also serve as a debate room for discussing this urgent issue.

A meeting was organized with the Minister of Culture and her advisors, artists, representatives of private business, curators and local media on the subject: “Museum of Contemporary Art – Constitutive Act”.
Prior to our meeting, an interview with the Minister of Culture was done for the main national TV network, in which she was asked one basic question (in three different formulations): When will Slovenia get a Museum of Contemporary Art? (The interview was later on view in the showroom.)
As predicted by contemporary sociologists, the Backroom (room for breaks) became the space where the real and final decisions were taken.