Meta Grgurevič: Grain of Gold

Meta Grgurevič: Grain of Gold
20 October–18 November 2023

You are cordially invited to the opening of the solo exhibition Grain of Gold by Meta Grgurevič, which will take place on Friday, 20 October 2023, at 7 p.m. at the KiBela, Space for Art.


Meta Grgurevič has presented her works at Kibla twice so far: in 2010 in KiBela in a duo with Marko Požlep in the exhibition Queens and Criminals, and in 2013 at Portal in the large-scale and exceptional international group exhibition Materiality. Although this is the first time she is exhibiting solo, it seems as if she is consistently continuing the path of “queen” and “material” with the title Grain of Gold. What could be more appropriate than “gold” in our Kibla context... Meta is known for her collaboration with other artists and researchers; in this project she has collaborated, among others, with the Jožef Stefan Institute.

Her sophisticated and humorous “devices”, in the simplicity of their forms and the complexity of their structures, reveal themselves as exquisitely designed and precisely made objects, which, with their direct yet multi-sensory message, draw on the experiential, the empirical, and derive from the scientific, the exploratory, the searching, the intellectual and the physical. The grain of gold, of course, as a metaphor for possessions and human desires, which are the domain of everyone and everybody, and the wealth shared by the 1% of homo sapiens on Earth, is a demythicization of consumerism, with an ironic deviation in the general, popular and populist, the popular system, addressing the masses.

The peculiar interplay of fiction and reality is presented through various (but not numerous) media and materials, which are carefully selected and designed natural materials. Meta Grgurevič sums up the visualizations of imagined three-dimensional worlds into various antagonistic artistic dynamics and merges them into unified, coherent and dedicated spaces of our essence and being. Even if she does not mean it so seriously. Her works have a romantic touch, the visualized mechanisms are additions and subtractions, but at the same time expectations, time is elementary and abstract, space is actual. Historical parallels and comparisons are meaningless, as they have no other grip than the material-metric and conceptual-contextual. The state of things.


Meta Grgurevič (1979) lives and works in Ljubljana. In 2007, she completed her postgraduate studies in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Her practice explores the relationships between science, metaphysics and the effects of magic, developing kinetic objects and multidimensional scenes as fully functioning mechanisms that act as metaphors for utopian systems of exchange. The artist has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad. Among others, she held a solo exhibition Scratching for Gold (Cukrarna, Ljubljana, 2022), a major survey exhibition Impossible Mechanisms (UGM, Maribor, and Künstlerhaus, Graz, 2020), and received the Audience Award at the 31st Ljubljana Graphic Biennial for her project Timekeepers (Ljubljana, 2015).

More information:

< Meta Grgurevič: Work, brass, metal, aluminum, biodegradable organic resin, wood, paper, pencil; 150 x 22 x 31 cm; Photo: Blaž Gutman

Production: Cukrarna Gallery in collaboration with Jožef Stefan Institute, 2022; KID KIBLA, 2023

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