Matej Čepin: The Next Day

Matej Čepin: The Next Day
Opening of a virtual exhibition
Friday, 27 November 2020, at 7 p.m.

You are welcome to join us at the virtual opening of Matej Čepin's exhibition "The Next Day", a pre-event of the KIBLIX 2020 festival.




The virtual environment with avatars enables a virtual tour of KiBela and Matej Čepin's exhibition The Next Day. The installation of Čepin's paintings is real but inaccessible due to Covid-19, so we scanned the space, took photos, and transferred it to the virtual space. Through avatars, selected bizarre figurines from Čepin's paintings, you can take an individual or group tour and approach or move away from the pictures from different points of view and communicate with other people with short, written messages. In this way, we invoke social contact without entirely replacing it, but we can at least exchange thoughts. Different, new, digitally simple. Try it!

You can access the link on our websites and It will be available from Friday, 27 November, from 7 p.m. until the New Year. The virtual gallery is conceived and realized creative section of KIBLA2LAB (Žiga Pavlovič, Sabina Vukalić, and Aleksandra Kostič).

When the exhibition can also be opened for public, we will invite you again and welcome you at Kibla. We have also prepared a catalog of the exhibition; you can read and view it following this link:

“Matej Čepin is first and foremost a painter interested in the story and its construction in the pictorial space. The latter is generally only one film frame, one window into the world, but, by stringing collage components, Čepin achieves the dimension of a filmic or a dream story. His works contain direct or blurred reminiscences of the dark Romantic part of painting, of film-noir, the beginnings of photography use, bizarre crime pages and blatant stories from reality written in the historical collective subconscious; in particular, some echoes from painting and the aspirations of the art of painting in photography and film.” (Aleksandra Kostič)


Matej Čepin was born in 1977 in Celje. He has presented his work at numerous independent (KiBela, MMC KIBLA, Maribor, The Wondrous Gardens of Mrs R., 2015; Murska Sobota Gallery, Where Are We Now, 2016; Likovni salon Gallery, Celje, Para-Noir, 2016; Mihelič Gallery, Ptuj, Owls Are Not What They Seem, 2015; Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana, A Nice Day, Isn’t It, 2013; Plevnik-Kronkowska Gallery, La Notte, 2015; Billet House Gallery, Winter, 2015, and The Return, 2019; St Anna am Aigen (Austria), King in Yellow, 2015 etc.) and group exhibitions (Piran City Gallery, Murska Sobota Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts Celje, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, Slovenj Gradec, MIG 21 / KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor, Pogled 8 at Lamut’s Art Salon, Kostanjevica na Krki, etc.). For his creative work, he has received several awards and prizes, among them the second prize at the 4th Biennial of Small-Size Paintings in Ljutomer in 2006 and the Grand Prize of the international painting event Ex–tempore in Piran in 2009 and 2013. He has been nominated for the Grand Prize four times (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2016). He lives and works in Celje.

In the virtual gallery you can hear the music from the ambient album "Flow of Flowers" and electronic "Chapters - part one" created by JUNEsHELEN.

Photo: Janez Klenovšek



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