11.10.2017 23:59
29 June–11 October 2017

KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva 40, Maribor, Slovenia
Tuesday–Saturday: 3 p. m. to 7 p. m.
(closed on Sundays and Mondays, and national holidays)
The exhibition will be showing until 11 October 2017.

A Link Between Fine Arts and Science

Patricia Piccinini is one of the rare visual artists to combine fine arts’ elements with science. She connects current research in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering and blends them through a particular, specific, and recognizably original poetics into integral pieces of art.
This art show features a diverse and extensive selection of her works. In an originally conceived retrospective exhibition, the showcased works represent all areas of Piccinini’s artistic endeavors, from drawings and paintings, sculptures and objects, to installations, video art, and digital prints.
Patricia Piccinini has an ambivalent attitude towards technology and uses her artistic practice as a forum for discussion about how technology impacts upon life. In doing so she works alongside other researchers, institutions, and companies to comprehensively encompass the complexity of her chosen theme. She is keenly interested in how contemporary ideas of nature, the natural and the artificial are changing our society.
She has addressed concerns about biotechnology, such as gene therapy, or the on-going research with the aim of mapping the human genome. Piccinini is also fascinated by mechanisms of consumer culture. Her unique and highly original works are unprecedented in the world of art.
Patricia Piccinini’s sculptures and objects transcend their own volume, and are extended into the entire physical space through their inspiration and the messages they convey. The dialogs that individual works conduct among themselves, wittingly and instantaneously address the visitors as well, thus becoming an ever-present part of a collective thought, which in turn becomes the protagonist of the artwork and the entire gallery set-up.
Selected works by Patricia Piccinini are included as part of the travelling group exhibition “Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture”, bringing together contemporaries like Ron Mueck, Žarko Bašeski, Maurizio Cattelan, Marc Sijan, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Paul McCarthy, and including legends and pioneers like Duane Hanson, George Segal, Juan Muñoz, Robert Graham, and others.
Patricia Piccinini (born 1965 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is an Australian artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, video, sound, installation, digital prints, and sculpture. In 2003 she represented Australia at the 50th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
The University of Melbourne has awarded her the academic title of Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts (honoris causa) in 2016, while in 2017 she became an Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. A selection of solo exhibitions among numerous art shows where her works were presented during the last few years includes “Relativity”, held at the Galway International Arts Festival Gallery in Galway, Ireland in 2015, and “Patricia Piccinini: Bodyscape”, at the Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art in Caotun, Taiwan in 2016.

Curator: Peter Tomaž Dobrila
Exhibition set-up: Peter Hennessey, Patricia Piccinini, Simon Sedmak

Opening: Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 7 p. m.
Guided tour: Friday, 30 June 2017 at 5 p. m.
Artist talk: Saturday, 1 July at 7 p. m.

Patricia Piccinini’s  Consciousness is a solo exhibition produced as part of a series of international events of the four-year project Risk Change (2016–2020), co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. The project is held under the honorary patronage of the president of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor.
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KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva 40, Maribor, Slovenia
Tuesday–Saturday: 3 p. m. to 7 p. m.
(closed on Sundays and Mondays, and national holidays)
How to find your way to KIBLA PORTAL?
(see Google map)

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ACE KIBLA is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Maribor. Project RISK CHANGE (2016–2020) is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. The project (ESF employment) is co-funded by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union.

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