The 1st International triennial of ceramics , Ljubljana 2009.
ASSOCIATION OF THE SLOVENE FINE ARTISTS SOCIETIES
AND NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA INVITE YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND ALL
FRIENDS OF FINE ARTS TO THE OPENING OF INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL
OF CERAMICS UNICUM 2009.
HONORABLE PATRON OF TRIENNIAL IS MISTER ZORAN JANKOVIĆ, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF
CENTRAL OPENING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NATIONAL
MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA- METELKOVA, MAISTROVA 1, LJUBLJANA, ON FRIDAY,
15TH OF MAY 2009 AT 19.00. KINDLY INVITED!
Central exhibition of the International triennial
of ceramics Unicum 2009 - competition part
will be accompanied by
THE EXHIBITION OF CERAMIC ARTWORKS BY STUDENTS OF ART SCHOOLS.
Exhibitions will be opened from 15th of May till 27th
Accompanying exhibition: Ljubljana castle-
THE SEVEN ARTISTS - BETWEEN PAINTED CERAMICS AND CERAMIC SCULPTURE
Exhibiting: Peter Černe, Vladimir Makuc, Drago Tršar, Sonja Tavčar Skaberne,
Sonja Rauter Zelenko,
Karel Zelenko, Vlasta Zorko
From 15th of May till 12th of July every day form 10.00 to 18.00
MEETING WITH AUTORS WILL TAKE
PLACE ON THE 15TH OF MAY AT 17.00 AT CASEMATE, LJUBLJANA CASTLE.
PRESS CONFERENCE will be held
in National Museum of Slovenia- Metelkova, Maistrova 1, on the
15th of May 2009 at 11.00.
The organizer: The Association of Fine Artists Societies
of Slovenia (Zveza društev slovenskih likovnih umetnikov - ZDSLU) in
cooperation with National museum of Slovenia.
Dragica Čadež Lapajne, regular professor, academic
sculptor, spec., the president of Organizing Committee
Peter Vernik, academic painter, the president of ZDSLU
Nikolaj Beer, academic painter, the president of Art committee ZDSLU
Doc. dr. Mateja Kos, the director of Department for ceramics and glass in National
Museum of Slovenia
Mojca Smerdu, academic sculptor, spec., the president of Section for ceramics
Iztok Maroh, master of ceramic art, professional cooperator of Organizing Committee
Ana Cajnko, professor of fine arts, coordinator of Organizing Committe Unicum
The triennial will take place from may to september 2009 in several locations
in Slovenia. Its purpose is the popularization of artistic ceramics and recognition
of modelling ceramics as independent sort within artistic creation in Slovenia
and in the world. The triennial and parallel events will create conceptual
curve which will include traditional ceramics and pottery, technological development
of modelling ceramics and unique design, achievements of recognized slovenian
and foreign artists and the presentation of young artists.
Central location of the triennial will be in
Ljubljana. The following exhibitions will be included:
central exhibition of artworks selected by international
jury Unicum 09 in National museum of Slovenia - Metelkova,
Maistrova ulica 1
Exhibition of ceramic artworks by students of art schools will
be placed in National museum of Slovenia - Metelkova. Students
of Academy of Fine Arts and Design - University of Ljubljana,
students of Faculty of Education - University of Ljubljana
and students of School of applied arts Famul Stuart cooperate
at this exhibition. The selection will be made by master of
- The exhibition
of 7 recognized slovenian artists in Kazemate
in Ljubljana Castle. The following artists will cooperate:
Karel Zelenko, Sonja Rauter Zelenko, Vladimir Makuc, Drago
Tršar, Peter Černe, Vlasta Zorko in Sonja Tavčar Skaberne.
The curator is Aleksander Bassin. The organizer Tatjana Pinoza
- In Gallery
of ZDSLU, Komenskega 8 there will be a syinoptic
exhibition of ceramics by Miha Maleš, The authoress is expert
in history of art Breda Ilich Klančnik, Modern gallery Ljubljana.
The following institutions and organizations
will acompany the triennial:
Museum of Murska Sobota, Trubarjev drevored 4
will beside rich potters heritage, show the remarkable white
ceramics from Kuzma by potter Adolf Hašaj. The authoress is
dr. Jelka Pšajd.
- In the
Grassel tower, Slovenska Bistrica, Grajska ulica
11 will be an acompagning exhibition adressed "From traditional
to contemporary ceramics" (Od tradicionalne do sodobne
keramike). The organizer is Cultural centre of the town and
municipality. The main goal is to link together admirers of
ceramics selected with public competition. The leader of this
exhibition is an expert of history of art and art critic Anamarija
lapidary of Gallery of Božidar Jakac in Kostanjevica on Krka there
will be an exhibition adressed CC4 - Ceramics with concept,
the curator is an expert of history of art Barbara Rupel.
museum Novo mesto, Muzejska ulica 7 will introduce
the development of factory of ceramics by Josip Klemenčič and
will itroduce some recognized authors such as Tomaž Kržišnik.
The authoress is Ivica Križ.
Gallery of Fine Arts Slovenj Gradec, Glavni trg
24 will introduce ceramics from collection in Czech Krumlov.
The curator is Marko Košan.
- In National
museum of Slovenia - Metelkova, Maistra ulica
1 will be study collection of history of ceramics and glass
- The Museum Šenčur, near Kranj introduces artworks
of participants in international ceramic workshop "Voglje" The
organizer is Barbara Štembergar.
Central exhibition of selected ceramics artworks
will be in National museum of Slovenia - Metelkova, Ljubljana.
Artworks for the 1st International triennial were selected
by international jury.
The international jury Unicum 09 consists of:
The president of the jury: Nadja Zgonik, professor
of art history and theory in the Academy of fine arts in Ljubljana
and also artistic reviewer. She prepares exhibitions and writes
reviews, discussions and studies for exhibition catalogues.
Darko Golija, academic sculptor, spec.,
regular professor for sculpture on Faculty of Education in
Maribor. He received several rewards.
Velimir Vukičević, academic painter, master
of ceramics, member of International Academy of Ceramics AIC,
professor in Faculty of applied arts in Belgrade in department
for ceramics. He also received several international rewards.
Waltraut Geschiel, master of art, member of
International Organization for Contemporary Ceramics ICCA with
headquarters in Vienna. She is also the director of International
biennial of ceramics in Kapfenberg.
Emidio Galassi, academic sculptor and ceramist,
he gave lessons in ceramics in Art Institute for Ceramics in
Faenza. He received several rewards, among which is also Premia
Faenza Ex aeguo from 1983.
From among 133 entered artworks, 76 were
selected for the central exhibition of the triennial.
The selected authors are:
Angola: Brain Benfer
Austria: Christa Ecker-Eckhofen, Monika Hinterberger,
Gudrun Kainz, Isabella Primoš
Belgium: Vladica Sivčev
Bulgaria: Yana Yunakova
Brazil: Rosana Bortolin
Croatia: Hanibal Salvaro Hani
Egypt: Khaled Sirag
Finland: Risto Hämäläinen
France: Rachele Riviere
Germany: Heidi Degenhardt
Hungary: Terez Borza, Anita Toth, Istvan Zakar
Ireland: Jane Jarmyn
Italy: Leonardo Bartolini, Ricardo Campos, Antonella
Cimatti, Ichiyo Sawada, Luciano Laghi, Adriano Leverone, Silvia
Mornati, Martha Pachon
Israel: Simcha Even-Chen
Japan: Ito Hitoshi, Kobayashi Chie
Latvia: Inese Brants
Lithuania: Balčiute-Šalteniene Rasa, Masiulis
Mexico: Miguel Angel Padilla-Gómez, Cristina
Riverroll, Elena Somonte
Poland: Michal Puszczynski
Romania: Arina Ailincai
Russia: Ekaterina Ominina
Slovenia: Jana Beltran, Polona Demšar, Teja
Hlačer, Metka Kastelic, Vilma Kobilšek, Daša Kogoj, Damijan Kracina,
Ana Kravanja, Bojana Križanec, Ivana Petan, Eva Peterson Lenassi,
Gea Tanja Rusjan, Nataša Sedej, Lučka Šićarov, Miljanka Simšič,
Ivan Skubin, Vera Stanković, Nika Stupica, Alenka Vidrgar, Danica
Žbontar, Ferdo Žorž
Serbia: Radenko Adnađ, Jelena Miletić, Valentina
Savić, Uroš Todorović
Sweden: Edita Rydhag
Switzerland: Kim Sangwoo, Rebecca Maeder, Maude
Turkey: Leman Kalay, Şirin Koçak, Feyza A. Ozgundogdu,
Altundag Melhat Ozturk, Omur Tokgoz, Serim Turaçli, Aysun Yaldir
Ukraine: Ihor Kovalevych
USA: Ivan Albreht, Kyle Milne
of selected authors of the triennial Unicum 09
International Trienal Ceramics UNICUM 09
In the artistic world ceramics have been very
important as a follower of peoples creativity since ancient
time till now. Ceramics are a universal art media and are
still winning recognition with us. It presents potters with
a very wide choice of working methods by which it is possible
to create forms of enormous variety, differing in style and
performance. With an increased access to excellent technology,
artists are freer now than ever before to interpret their
The Trienal Ceramic Exhibition UNICUM 09 presents ceramics which range from
increasing array of artistic creations to variety of Slovene approach and to
personal visual preferences. Each piece is a statement as any painting or a
piece of sculpture. It offers possibility to consider ceramics to earn growing
recognition in contemporary art. The word UNICUM lays stress upon artistic
orientation of contemporary ceramics and the need of authors artistic creativity
in modern art. It is equal in value to other forms of contemporary art because
it incorporates sculptural form, art of painting and organisation of site as
well as inclusion of up to date media. In their development ceramics can show
influences, rises and stagnation. Artists influenced many different cultures
through the history of ceramics. Contemporary ceramics is also a reflection
of todays art. Artists consider working with ceramics as a fact that contributes
to the appeal and excitement of pottery as a medium from abstract forming to
material shaping and it is irrevocably tied to personal visual preferences.
Giving the design of one piece is a very personal process. Contemporary artists
interpret their individual concept of relationship between form and function.
Due to excellent technology from all over the world, they show their own expression
differing in style and performance like fine pieces of musical compositions.
Ceramics nowadays have many possibilities to show qualities that can be recognised
universally transcending barriers of time, culture and language. They overcome
stereotypes of orthodoxy.
Ceramic artists have always explored, facing intense competition to create
forms of enormous variety and individual approach. Some artists enriched tradition
with fresh stimulating images and changed evaluation of ceramics which it had
in western civilisation. This is confirmed by well known artists like Picasso,
Chagal, Miro, Fontana, Cragg, Caro, Arman, Deacon, Perry and others. Their
creations include traditional ceramics, sculpture, painting, graphic arts enriched
with technological improvements of new media. With their personalities and
authority they prove the ambition to synthesize art and new culture of creative
We expect that the Exhibition of International Trienal Ceramics UNICUM 09 will
contribute with its choice to part of artistic inspiration and experiences
to contemporary modern ceramics.
There are not many kinds of materials which have followed peoples culture
and creativity from the very beginning until nowadays. One of this is clay
and ceramics, present at any time in all cultures existing in our planet, if
only there were natural conditions for acquiring and working.
Experts consider different fields of work in ceramics which are combined regarding
materials, production processes, firing, and glazes. With their expressional
diversity and technically simple mode of proceeding it is accessible to many
artists. Ceramics represent materials whish enable artistic expression because
art produced in clay today is crossing the boundaries of other art forms and
media. The boundaries of what is considered art have been stretched considerably
in this century and to many authors ceramics enable process that other materials
Today the works of folk pottery and artistic creations of the worlds best
art are woven throughout, making up deficiency.
Nevertheless an unfortunate distinction is still being made about quality and
artistic value, but let experts judge it.
We are interested mainly in works of art which have paved the way in Slovene
fine arts. On Mrs. Dragica Čadežs initiative, we have started preparations
for International Trienal of Ceramic Art UNICUM 2009.
The experience of artists has become stimulus to start preparing for Trienal
which will make public acquainted with achievements in ceramic art. With this
manifestation we would also like to stimulate authors of programs in art schools.
It is our interest to introduce profound studies of ceramic art for those students,
who find this media suitable and want to express themselves in it. As definitions
of art expand, ceramics are earning growing recognition in modern art.
Dragica Čadež Lapajne