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Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.09.00  Humanities  Art history   

Code Science Field
6.04  Humanities  Arts (arts, history of arts, performing arts, music) 
exhibition history, art exhibition, architecture exhibition, exhibitions, art sistem, Slovenian art, Yugoslav art, 20th-century art, cold war, cultural diplomacy, cultural exchange
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on December 6, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  0.2 
Scopus  0.38 
Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  56468  Gregor Dražil  Art history  Researcher  2022 - 2023  20 
2.  24482  PhD Nika Grabar  Architecture and Design  Researcher  2021 - 2023  126 
3.  56529  PhD Meta Kordiš  Art history  Researcher  2022 - 2023  57 
4.  31850  PhD Martina Malešič  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2023  95 
5.  33361  PhD Katarina Mohar  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2023  118 
6.  53490  Miha Valant  Art history  Junior researcher  2021 - 2022  11 
7.  56142  Vladimir Vidmar  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2023 
8.  33097  PhD Asta Vrečko  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2023  139 
9.  18158  PhD Beti Žerovc  Art history  Head  2021 - 2023  237 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  95,465 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,981 
The project Exhibiting of Art and Architecture between Artistic and Ideological Concepts researches the history of art exhibitions in the context of Slovenia (Slovenian art in Slovenia and abroad and foreign art in Slovenia) in the selected period of socialist Yugoslavia, between 1947 and 1979. This period is defined by two prominent exhibitions, Exhibition of Soviet Painters and Slovenian Fine Art 1945–1978, both of which took place in the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Those two exhibitions symbolically mark this stretch of time in that they reflect their historic situation through organisation, selection of works and their reception. Both exhibitions deserve attention also as standalone artistic manifestations. History of exhibitions offers a unique and informative insight into art history. While presenting, marketing and consecrating works of art, exhibitions also communicate the most diverse contents and concepts, allowing us to recognise the social, political and economic forces shaping a certain period. The same processes can be observed in art and architectural exhibitions developed in Slovenia after World War II. The impact of the social and political situation, and changes in the understanding of Slovenia's own national entity and its position in the context of the federation and further in the international arena were most profoundly felt in the organisation of different exhibitions. With a specific political situation in post-war Yugoslavia, the absence of a functioning art market and consequently with the art system concentrated in public institutions, exhibitions took on a very important role, also in terms of setting up control over art, its valuation and historicising. Despite their undisputed significance their history frequently remains unwritten and forgotten, a mere footnote to bigger topics addressed by art and cultural-historical research. As the focus of our research, exhibition will be discussed as an autonomous as well as complex medium which is distinctly conjoined with its cultural space, which will allow us to shape a more comprehensive view of the history of art of the studied period. The project will look into selected art exhibitions, which relate to Slovenian art and territory. We will be interested in what, other than the exhibited artworks, shaped this exhibitions. Looking behind the scenes of development of selected exhibitions we will trace the decision-making process shaping the exhibition programme in certain institutions, their financing and purpose. We will analyse international exhibitions, which represented a special form of cultural diplomacy; these include exhibitions of Slovenian art in the framework of Yugoslav presentations abroad and international exhibitions in Slovenia that featured mainly non-Yugoslav artists. With an exhaustive critical review of the exhibition practice we will therefore try to answer the following questions: (i) How do exhibitions reflect changes in politics and society?; (ii) How do exhibitions co-shape the presentation of Slovenian art abroad (in particular in the context of Yugoslav art)?; (iii) What kind of foreign art exhibitions come to Slovenia, how are they received and what is their impact?; (iv) What is the full significance of exhibitions for the development of Slovenian art and culture? The research will thus bring some concrete answers on the situation in Slovenia, also in the context of the broader Yugoslav umbrella. Broadly speaking, it will contribute to the understanding of the role of exhibition as a medium in artistic and social processes as well as the impact of political frameworks on the medium of exhibition, and through this prism also on the art in general.
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