Alenka Pirman, Collected Works

18. 11. 2014 - 08. 03. 2015
The Ideal, from 2001, 14.5 carat gold, measurements of each individual toothpick 65 x 3 x 3 mm, photograph: MGLC archive and Jaka Babnik

The exhibition began with a pre-event on 14 October 2014, which lasted until 28 November 2014, when the fence enclosing the construction site around the staircase in front of Tivoli Mansion (MGLC) was plastered with drawings by Tibor Bolha. These were illustrations of conversations from the lift that Alenka Pirman had written down between 1999 and 2003, and combined them into a project entitled In the Lift, produced by the Domestic Research Society.

The first major solo exhibition by Alenka Pirman features an overview of her projects that have marked the Slovenian cultural arena in the last twenty-five years. The exhibition highlights the techniques, tactics and methods of research and distribution of her artistic ideas tied to various situations that are specific in terms of space and subject, to which she has often responded with irony, sarcasm and doubt. The collected works thus offer new readings and interpretations, which make them relevant also in this moment of time.

This is how Nevenka Šivavec, a member of the curatorial team, reflects on the exhibition:

Alenka Pirman, CV

She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (1989). She was editor-in-chief of the magazines Likovne besede and M’zin (1991-92), artistic director of the Škuc Gallery (1990-96), assistant director of the Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts - Ljubljana (1997-99), vice-president of the Management Board of the International Contemporary Art Network (ICAN, 1998-99) and co-founder and mentor of the World of Art educational programme for contemporary art curators (1996-98). She was editor and head of the Artservis web-based media (2001-04), and a taxi driver (2003, 2007-08). Since 2009 she has worked at the Ljudmila Digital Media Lab as the co-editor of the web portal.

From 1996 till 1998 she has been studying also Anthropology of Everyday Life at the autonomous postgraduate institute Institutum studiorum humanitatis (ISH) in Ljubljana. Currently she continues her PhD studies in Heritology at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana.

In the 1990s, her work was predominantly related to three fictitious institutions: the SK8 Museum (1991-93), the RIGASRS - Research Institute of Geo-Artistic Statistics of the Republic of Slovenia (1997, with Vuk Ćosić and Irena Woelle), and the Domestic Research Institute (1994-98). She then collaborated with artistic collectives/platforms like Luther Blissett/ (1998), The Bughouse (2002-03). She has carried out several methodological exhibition projects, e.g. with a collection of German loanwords (Arcticae horulae, 1995), with a deposited collection of the Museum of Slovene Police (The Case. Art and Criminality, 2005, with Biserka Debeljak). In the recent years she has reduced her art practice to making occasional ephemeral artworks under the common title The Ninth Coromandia (since 2007).

She is a founding member of the Domestic Research Society (2004), where she develops collaborative exhibition and Internet projects together with her colleagues Damijan Kracina and Jani Pirnat (The Cabinet, 2005-2010; Unleashed Tongue, 2004-;, 2007-; Word for Word without Words, 2010; Hard Facts, 2012-2013). More on the artist and her activities can be accessed at,

Curatorial team: Barbara Borčić, Alenka Pirman Nevenka Šivavec, Božidar Zrinski 

Co-authors of the exhibited works: Tibor Bolha, Vuk Ćosić, Damijan Kracina, Jani Pirnat, Maja Šubic, Darja Vuga, Irena Wölle

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Exhibition Guide: ap______vodic%CC%8C_preview_en.pdf



The exhibition catalogue Alenka Pirman, Collected Works is an integral overview of the artistic oeuvre of Alenka Pirman with presentations of works, interpretative texts and comprehensive documentation. 

Editor Barbara Borčić
Ljubljana, 2015
300 pages, Slovene and English Language, colour reproductions
Price 25 EUR