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Visiting lecturer: Gregor Podnar

Gregor Podnar

Born 1970 in Kranj, Slovenia. He graduated at the University of Cologne from History of Art, Ethnology and History of Eastern Europe. Since 1993 he works as a freelance curator, from 1996 till June 2003 he has been the artistic director of the Galerija Škuc in Ljubljana. Since 2003 he runs the gallery Gregor Podnar, which was established in Kranj, Slovenia and relocated in 2007 to Berlin, Germany.

Gregor Podnar is a contemporary art gallery established in 2003. It started its activities in an abundant industrial space of the small town of Kranj surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Carniolan Alps in Slovenia. The gallery moved in 2005 to the city centre of Ljubljana and since 2007 it is based in Berlin, Germany. As curator, Gregor Podnar has been working internationally since the mid 90s and the gallery’s program has developed out of his endeavours in the curatorial field of contemporary art. Beginning with an European focus over the last decade the gallery reached out to a wider international context (the Americas), and directed a strong part of its mission also to art of the modernist past, highlighting a natural link between contemporary and modern art. In this framework the city of Zagreb in the 60s represents a meaningful forgotten nucleus of international exchange of modern and neo-avant-garde art, and our aim is to reestablish those links. We follow, for instance, the historical and aesthetic relations between Brazilian and Croatian art of the 50s and 60s, to present compelling artistic exchanges from the past and better understand the flow of the art of today. Art of importance has always transcended beyond national borders and we believe that the art market is just one element among others to grasp this wonderful and evasive subject.

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