Kapelica Gallery

Short name Kapelica Gallery
Official name Kapelica Gallery
Type gallery
Title Kersnikova 4, 1000 Ljubljana
Contact Jurij Krpan
URL http://kapelica.org/index_en.html
Departments Kapelica Gallery
Founding date 1995

Zavod Kersnikova, a nonprofit cultural institution, which combines art and computer production of individual projects, has established Kapelica Gallery in 1995. It is one of the main venues of the contemporary artistic exploration.


Kapelica Gallery presents various genres which are charasterictics of Contemporary Investigative Arts. The stress is on research, exploring and experimenting the limits of artistic discourses and urban poetics. The gallery's programme is divided in four main thematic groups: 
•    Ambiental installations and situations/systems 
•    Technology through art
•    Science through art
•    Corporeality through art
•    Sound through art


The mission of the gallery is:

- To enable individuals from different social backrounds to cooperate and connect with one another in view of research and experimenting with new paradigms and possibilities in art 
- To monitor and co-create the development of art
- To be a space of vital interactions between artists, experts and audiences
- To highlight the legacy and missions of artistic avantgarde
- To establish a concience of critical social development and social practices in the future
- To encourage, inform, educate and surprise


Curatorial statement:

When we were making a decision about the structure of the program of the gallery, we were led by only one premise: we would like to present art productions that are scarce in all other galleries. No paintings, just space installations and ambiences; no the theatre, dance or concerts, just performances and artistic actions; no one-way lectures, just presentations of artists from whom we can learn something. 

As to the contents, we would like to concentrate on research and experiments, which reflect our current position; conditions and situations in the art and life that surround us. We let artists speak; at least those who have something to say. We reject any attachment to the dictates of a consumer society, which looks upon art through the veil of money; thus we avoid art projects which could be offered as market goods. We acknowledge decorative and dressing-like artefacts as a necessity, but we try to avoid them in the gallery. We leave consumers, who comprehend art as an entertainment and recreation, to a safe and boring  hold of socially acceptable art norms which we simply call Culture. In the gallery, we follow the well-known maxim which says that art always confronts culture! 

In this way, we favour artists who abide at the edge, who widen our cognitive horizons and provide the means for us to see, through their poetics, the world from a different perspective; to reflect it and wake from the daze of a virtual world which is persuading us that we have never felt better. The aesthetics of every day life, which reigns under the flag of good taste, is a more or less ideological practice that is transforming people into satisfied, blind-with-beauty sheep. The cruel reality, which they believe belongs to someone else, floats past them. Therefore, we cast a ballot for artists who wake us up, make us think, and force us to be active and thus richer for a new perspective of the world. We believe that this is art, the classics of the next century. 

Jurij Krpan, Artistic Director

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