Nika Zupančič: Landscapes

Nika Zupančič: Landscapes
16 June–15 July 2023

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of Nika Zupančič's exhibition entitled Landscapes, which will take place on Friday, June 16 2023, at 7 p.m., in the exhibition space artKIT. Aleš Kacjan will be performing at the opening.


The painting of Nika Zupančič leads us into the world of abstract artistic language–but which is more than just that–and at the same time into our own inner world of feeling the world, in which we become aware of our chaotic hurrying and at the same time realize that it is time to stop, lest these images disappear too quickly, so that we may never be able to internalize them. At first encounter with her works, the viewer thinks that he has gone into total abstraction, but he quickly realizes that he associates the painted forms with landscapes. Zupančič has created a peculiar artistic language, in which she subtly brings the fragments of nature onto the canvas. Her works could be defined as an abstraction of mimesis, as a personal interpretation of imitating the material world in an abstract artistic manner.

Nika Zupančič graduated in painting and obtained an MA degree in printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. She received the Student Prešeren Award twice, and as a student co-edited an anthology of essays by prominent theoreticians on contemporary visual art entitled Prostori umetnosti (Spaces of Art). On scholarships awarded by Slovenian and international state institutions, Nika furthered her studies in Amsterdam (historical painting techniques), Berlin and Paris (academic drawing at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière). Some of her most noteworthy solo and group exhibitions are: 10 Essl Award Nominees (2005 at the Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana), Sosledja (Sequences, 2009 Bežigrad Gallery Ljubljana) and Les Images de la présence absente (2012 at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris). In 2013 Zupančič was a Henkel Art Award nominee. Curator René Block selected a series of her paintings entitled Fugue for the Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul, while her works have been included in the contemporary art collections of the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg bei Wien, recently transferred to prestigious Albertina museum in Vienna. From 2008 onward she has been a member of the Ljubljana Fine Artists Society.

< Nika Zupančič: Mala pokrajina 3 / Little Landscape 3, 2016, olje na platnu / oil on canvas, 19 x 24 cm, foto: Marko Tušek, detail

artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Photo: Janez Klenovšek

Photo: Janez Klenovšek



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