VIDEO & NEW MEDIA
Maribor Art Gallery is the only Slovenian institution with an independent collection of Slovenian video art. Since 1999 the Gallery has collected, protected, stored, researched and exhibited works by Slovenian video artists. The resulting collection has been designed in order to establish a reference centre for Slovenian video art and to offer a possibility of permanent presentation of this type of visual art in Slovenia.
The UGM Video Art Collection which strives to meet two criteria of collection policy at the same time – the historical review of Slovenian video art from the 1960s to present time and the medium of moving pictures within the wider context of contemporary visual art −, compiles works by pioneers of Slovenian video art from the 1960s and 70s (such as Nuša Dragan & Srečo Dragan, Miha Vipotnik), the most important artists of the 1980s and 90s, the period when this medium established itself as an independent and equal medium of artistic creativity (among them Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Marko Kovačič, Andrej Lupinc, Nataša Prosenc, Zemira Alajbegović Pečovnik & Neven Korda, Andrej Zdravič, Jasna Hribernik, Franc Purg, Ema Kugler are presented) as well as contemporary production of recent 15 years when the medium passed the tests of numerous new uses and adjustments within the complex life of contemporary art works (such as Vuk Čosić, Igor Štromajer, Davide Grassi/Janez Janša, Apolonija Šušteršič, Damijan Kracina & Vladimir Leben, Žiga Kariž, son:DA). The UGM Video collection today includes works by 25 most important Slovenian authors who create by means of the medium of moving pictures or incorporate in their art works video as an important segment.