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Jože Barši
Jože Barši, Learning and Forgetting, City Art Gallery Ljubljana, 2021

City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
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Information and reservations:
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Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

solo exhibition

Jože Barši

Learning and Forgetting

22. 2. 2021–11. 4. 2021

Learning and Forgetting is the first major solo presentation by the architect, sculptor and educator Jože Barši since 2013. It provides an insight into the artist's most recent art production and also refers to his earlier creative work, which contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian contemporary art after 1990.

Barši's art practices have always been conceptually oriented in the direction of expanding the boundaries of understanding the work of art. In recent years, he has negated the notion of the work of art as a representative aesthetic object and has become more concerned with the questions of how human thought presents itself as an autonomous art object and how one can view, think and read such a work of art. In his latest project, as part of his research into the workings of human thought, he touches on two important factors – learning and forgetting, which he juxtaposes in the exhibition in their indispensable interdependence.

The exhibition is conceived as a path through the intellectual learning process that the artist experiences in reading or writing, in contact with people, in observing nature and social change. Through a variety of topics, he focuses particularly on learning that takes place at an unconscious level, in the context of everyday interpersonal relationships, within the immediate sensory perception of the individual. At the same time, he reflects critically on the mere loading of factual data, which turns human memory into a storehouse of the superfluous and impedes the flow of thought. To this, he adds the field of unresolved social conflicts and introduces forgetting as their buffer as well as a meaningful act that empties a person's store of memory, frees it up for new ideas and new learning. As a metaphor for this process, he uses the laws of death and rebirth in nature in the project, with plants overgrowing a space and hence new life entering the space. Barši understands overgrowth as a poetic gesture of oblivion and makes the viewer face a series of surprises and questions in the exhibition – he encourages a new reading of old facts, sets the viewer up with their inverted, overlooked side, presents a different view of the same thing, diverts the attention. He plays with the viewer's perception and tests his curiosity and sensual motivation, which, along with forgetting, are necessary for successful learning. He thus combines two seemingly mutually exclusive intellectual activities into an inseparable whole.

The exhibition includes the artist's numerous drawings, notebooks, book, wall as well as spatial interventions, text works, objects and documentation from his personal archive. It is accompanied by an exhibition programme of a participatory nature that also includes performative practices, from lectures to readings, posted as announcements and part of the installation itself. Barši conceived the exhibition in the time of the epidemic, which we all want to forget, but which has nevertheless allowed for many weighty reflections on the world we live in.



Colophon

Production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana Curator: Barbara Sterle VurnikArtist: Jože BaršiTexts by: Barbara Sterle VurnikDesign by: Ajdin BašićVideo production: Nejc Kovačič Technical realization: MGML Technical Department The project was made possible by: City of Ljubljana, Department for Culture

City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
E mestna.galerija@mgml.si

Information and reservations:
T 01 24 12 500
T 01 24 12 506
E prijava@mgml.si

Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

News

Jože Barši: Borges, Barši and Oblivion

“From Monday (until 11 April), you can walk through the labyrinth of learning and forgetting created at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana by Jože Barši in cooperation with the curator Barbara Sterle Vurnik, which seemingly also follows the example of the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, who saw a labyrinth as a library and a library as a gigantic overwhelming labyrinth.”

18. March 2021
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Creative Workshops Accompanying Learning and Forgetting: The Don Quixote Telephone

We have established a telephone line for children named the Don Quixote telephone. In I Spoke With, the artist and pedagogue Jože Barši, whose exhibition is now on view at the Ljubljana City Art Gallery, talked with different people from all over the world – from Venezuela and Italy to Japan and New Zealand. That is also why our creative workshops accompanying the exhibition Learning and Forgetting will take place a bit differently – in the form of a conversation!

8. March 2021
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Exhibition of Jože Barši opened at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Learning and Forgetting is the first major solo presentation by the architect, sculptor and educator Jože Barši since 2013. It provides an insight into the artist's most recent art production and also refers to his earlier creative work, which contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian contemporary art after 1990.

22. February 2021
City Art Gallery Ljubljana

Events

Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Thu
25
Mar 2021
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Learning and Forgetting is the first major solo presentation by the architect, sculptor and educator Jože Barši since 2013. It provides an insight into the artist's most recent art production and also refers to his earlier creative work, which contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian contemporary art after 1990.
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Thu
18
Mar 2021
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Learning and Forgetting is the first major solo presentation by the architect, sculptor and educator Jože Barši since 2013. It provides an insight into the artist's most recent art production and also refers to his earlier creative work, which contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian contemporary art after 1990.
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Thu
11
Mar 2021
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Learning and Forgetting is the first major solo presentation by the architect, sculptor and educator Jože Barši since 2013. It provides an insight into the artist's most recent art production and also refers to his earlier creative work, which contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian contemporary art after 1990.
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Thu
4
Mar 2021
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Learning and Forgetting" exhibition
Learning and Forgetting is the first major solo presentation by the architect, sculptor and educator Jože Barši since 2013. It provides an insight into the artist's most recent art production and also refers to his earlier creative work, which contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian contemporary art after 1990.

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