Heroes We Love | End of project exhibition & publication presentation
UGM | Maribor Art Gallery, Strossmayerjeva 6, ground floor
Opening: Tuesday, 28 March 2017, at 11:00
Publication presentation: Thursday, 30 March 2017, at 11:00

How are we to understand the monuments of the socialist era today; what can we do with them; and why do we love to hate them? Heroes We Love has brought together galleries, museums, research institutes, NGOs and a dance company from Central and South-Eastern Europe in a joint transnational project on the (still) controversial monumental heritage of the socialist past in order to search for possible answers. The project is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Heroes We Love. Ideology, Identity and Socialist Art in New Europe end of project exhibition on 11 large posters offers an overview of the many activities by 8 project partners.

3 exhibitions,
12 public art interventions,
5 conferences,
1 contemporary dance performance,
workshops, lectures and more.

Between 2015 and 2017 UGM | Maribor Art Gallery (leading partner); [BLOK], Zagreb; Tirana Art Lab; Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk; Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at BAS, Sofia; Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade; University of Primorska; The Dance Center, Maribor explored the cultural heritage of socialism in ‘New Europe’ and addressed key themes, problems and opportunities of the period. We prepared a series of exhibitions, art interventions in public space, international conferences and workshops.


The final project publication will be presented during the end of project exhibition at UGM | Maribor Art Gallery. The publication, edited by Simona Vidmar, UGM curator and project leader, features texts by Dr Miško Šuvaković, art historian and critic; Dr Miklavž Komelj, art historian; Maja Ćirić, curator and art critic; Owen Hatherley, architectural historian; Nikolai Vukov, anthropologist; Romeo Kodra, cultural historian; Lana Lovrenčić and Tihana Pupovac, art historians; Adela Demetja, curator et al. The publication has 360 pages with 205 colour slides. It was designed by Ajdin Bašič and it was published in English language only.