Metka Krašovec, Gardens of Semiramis, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 115 X 135 cm, collection of Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., Ljubljana
Metka Krašovec, A retrospective
31 January – 29 April 2012
Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15
The retrospective exhibition honors Metka Krašovec's 70th birthday, which she celebrated last year. Staged in five exhibition rooms in Moderna galerija's west wing, the show spans four decades of the painter's uninterrupted and extremely fertile creative output, presenting all of her main periods in terms of style and content since the early 1970s: The so-called red paintings from her early period between 1970 and 1979; the drawings and paintings on paper from the New Image period in the 1980s; the "Neoclassicist images" of faces since the late 1980s; and her final period in which her so-called Neoclassicist manner develops in painting and drawing on stucco into an iconography of angelic figures in landscapes, labyrinths with cypresses, and Mediterranean groves.
The show presents 65 large-format paintings and 120 drawings on paper, many of which are on loan from numerous Slovenian public and private collections. The works were selected and the exhibition designed together by the artist and the exhibition curator Martina Vovk, PhD.
An extensive catalogue in Slovene and English accompanies the exhibition, with essays by Petja Grafenauer, PhD, Miklavž Komelj, PhD, Andrej Medved, Tonko Maroević, PhD, Martina Vovk, PhD, an autobiographical text by Metka Krašovec, and numerous reproductions; it was designed by New Collectivism. The catalogue is available at the Moderna galerija bookstore and costs 28 EUR.
The exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, and the catalogue was supported by Mides international d.o.o. and Dekleva Gregorič arhitekti.