100 years of organized activities in fine arts in Maribor
UGM Kabinet, Strossmayerjeva 6
10 December 2020 – 7 March 2021

curator: Breda kolar Sluga

“On Wednesday, December 8 1920 at 10 in the morning, in three south-facing rooms on the first floor of the Slovene national theatre in the former casino hall the first art exhibition opened in Maribor. The exhibition was proposed by painter Viktor Cotič, while General Rudolf Maister served as its honorary patron. 28 artists exhibited over 180 artworks. The event prompted a significant response: the first fine art society was established; the media echoed the responses that problematised the concepts of national and fine art. Soon after, the first artwork was purchased for the gallery and a proposal was put together for a permanent exhibition space and an institution that would support fine arts professionally. The 1920s exhibition is therefore rightfully seen as the beginning of organized activities in the field of fine arts in our city.

Our exhibition will illuminate the events of the first exhibition and summarize, informatively, 100 years of history. The emphasis will be on spatial issues: from the first initiatives for an “art sales pavilion” and a “gallery of old art” in the 1920s to the realized gallery and exhibition spaces and the ambitious attempts to update it.  The exhibition will also be an opportunity to announce numerous events and exhibitions that will cast a critical eye over the events of the last 100 years in the field of fine arts and visual art.