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MIHA ŠTRUKELJ


Works  
Biography


Born in 1973 in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he still lives and works. He represented Slovenia at the Venice Biennial 2009 and received different awards like a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation or the Henkel Drawing Award 2008.

The subject matter of Štrukelj’s paintings are images, which all belong to a world radically transformed by digital and virtual technologies, to a reality completely permeated by images and simulacra. He depicts scans of human interiors, photographs, images from media, and virtual battlegrounds from computer games. In a sense, all these images exist on the same level; one can, for example, see no difference between an image from a computer game and an image depicting a scene from the Gulf War. Nevertheless, what we see on his paintings is not a world where “nothing is real” and everything are just simulacra; rather, it is an endlessly complex and always changeable network of realities and fiction, of truth and appearance. Štrukelj uses the tension between the real and the fictional on his paintings as a tool to disclose these elusive relations.
From a text by Igor Zabel for Vitamin P. New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon.

Solo exhibitions (selection):
2014
New works (Together with Clifton Childree & Vasilena Gankovska) – Hilger Next – Wien - Austria

2013
1415 Squares - approximatively - P74 Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Route to Veronica street (Wellesley St Window installation) Gow Landsford Gallery – Auckland - New Zealand

2012
Memories of a city – Lmak projects - New York - USA

2011
Savinov Salon - Žalec - Slovenia

2010
Spaces we inhabit (special intervention by Javier Arce) - Hilger contemporary - Wien - Austria
Maribor – Kibla Gallery - Maribor - Slovenia

2009
X=0 / Y=0 Interference in process - 53rd Venice Biennal – Slovenian Pavilion - Venice - Italy

2008
Virtual Networks
- Hilger Gallery - Wien - Austria       
Grid structures III – Simulaker Gallery - Novo mesto - Slovenia
Grid Structures II (together with Magdalena Kunz & Daniel Glaser) – Gas Art Gallery - Turin - Italy

2007
Grid Structures – Škuc Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia

2006
Siemens Artlab - Wien - Austria

2005
Contra Gallery - Koper - Slovenia
Equrna Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia

2004
Likovny Salon Celje - Celje - Slovenia
Go East! (together with Jelena Vasiljev & Mariela Gemisheva) - Gas Art Gallery - Turin - Italy
Luwigana Gallery - Lljubljana - Slovenia
DNA - Die Neue Aktionsgalerie - Berlin - Germany

2003
City Gallery - Nova Gorica - Slovenia

2002
Mala Galerija (Museum of Modern Art) - Ljubljana - Slovenia

2001
Ivan Grohar Gallery - Škofja Loka - Slovenia

2000
How can we know what is real? - P74 Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Video Games (together with Nataša Prosenc) – Arteconteporanea Gallery – Rassegna d’Arte Catania 1999/2000 - Catania - Italy

1999
Institute Jozef Stefan - Ljubljana - Slovenia

1998
P74 Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
 
Selected group shows:
2014
Constructions – Deconstructions – Galerie Artima - Paris
La Magia dell’Arte - Il protagonisti dell'arte Slovena contemporanea 1968–2013 - Villa Manin - Passariano - Codroipo - Italy

2013
Grusse aus Venedig – Hilger Next - Wien - Austria
Made in US – Vžigalica Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Amuse me - International Group Exhibition – City Art Gallery Ljubljana - Ljubljana - Slovenia

2012            
Likovna in Vizualno – Galerija Velenje - Velenje - Slovenia
Almost Spring - 100 years of Slovene Art - UGM - Maribor - Slovenia
Beautiful painting is behind us - Maribor - Slovenia
Sex - Dui's and Videotape II. – Hilger Brot Kunsthalle - Wien - Austria

Invisible cities - MASS MoCA - North Adams - USA
Sex - Dui's and Videotape - Site / 109 - New York - USA

20 for 15 - P74 Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia 


2011
Contemporary Art from Slovenia - European Central Bank - Frankfurt - Germany

2010
Environment Concern and Human Existence - 4th Beijing Biennal - National Art Museum China - Beijing - China
Figura V Postmedijskem Času – Arsin – Velenje - Slovenia
...And if I listen in I hear my own heart beating – Cake contemporary Arts – Curaggh - Ireland
Drawing in Slovenia II. 1940–2009 – Museum of Contemporary Art - Zagreb - Croatia
Resolution in Contemporary Painting in Slovenia - International Centre of Graphic Arts - Ljubljana - Slovenia
U3 – Triennial of contemporary Art in Slovenia - Moderna Galerija - Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Okolje Cosulting Art Collection – Gallery of Contemporary Art - Celje - Slovenia
As the land expands – Alriwaq Gallery - Manama - Bahrain

2009            
1989: The end of history or the beginning of the future? Austrian Cultural Forum - New York - USA
Drawing in Slovenia II. 1940–2009 – Umetnostna Galerija Maribor - Maribor
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts / CEC ArtsLink - New York - USA Arts Lottery Benefit         
The Matrix; Un Unstable Reality - 28th Graphic Biennial – Škuc Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Eccentric Paths II. - Contemporary Art From Central Europe – Latvian National Museum of Art - Riga - Latvia
Drawing in Slovenia II. 1940–2009 – City Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
International Studio & Curatorial Program - New York - USA
A Selection of New Acquisition - Mala Galerija - Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Closed for Annual Leave - Škuc Gallery – Ljubljana - Slovenia

2008  
Henkel Drawing Award – Platform for Young Art - Vienna - Austria
Henkel Drawing Award – Galerie Artpoint - Vienna - Austria
Down the rabbit hole - Likovni Salon - Celje - Slovenia
Down the rabbit hole – Ganes Pratt Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia        
10 Years of City Gallery – City Gallery - Nova Gorica - Slovenia        
Dreisprung-Triplejump – Kunstlerforum - Bonn - Germany                               
Brussels City Museum - Brussels - Belgium
Slovenian Fine Art of the 20th Century – NLB Collection

2007   
Printed in MGLC - 27th Graphic Biennial – Kresija Gallery – Ljubljana - Slovenia
Salon Nouveau - Engholm Engelhorn Galerie – Wien - Austria

2006   
Selection - Siemens_Artlab - Wien - Austria
Visual Immortality - 2. International Biennial for Contemporary Art - Shumen - Bulgaria
Central - New Art from New Europe - Sofia Art Gallery - Sofia - Bulgaria
Sezione Trasversale 2 - Gas Art Gallery - Turin - Italy
Central - New Art from New Europe - SVU - Bratislava - Slovakia
Check In – Europe: Reflecting identities in Contemporary Art - European Patent Office - Munich - Germany
Central - New Art from New Europe – Umjetnicka Galerija Bosne I Hercegovine - Sarajevo - Bosnia&Hercegovina
The History Place - Moti Hasson Gallery - New York - USA

2005            
A Moment in Time – Temple Bar Gallery - Dublin - Ireland
Slovenian Art 1995-2005 - Moderna Galerija - Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Presentation at CEC ArtsLink - New York
(Re)Traceable Choregraphy – Studio Gallery - Budapest - Hungary
Central - New Art from New Europe - BA-CA Kunstforum - Wien - Austria
Central - New Art from New Europe – Galerija  Klovicevi Dvori - Zagreb - Croatia
Central - New Art from New Europe – Škuc Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Photo-Graph – Photon Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Central - New Art from New Europe – Teatrul National - Bucharest - Romania

2004            
The Seven Sins; Ljubljana-Moscow - Moderna Galerija - Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Biennale Europea Arti Visive La Spezia – Premio del Golfo 2004 - Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - Firenze - Italy
Steierischer Herbst / Central - New Art from New Europe
– Siemens Transport - Graz - Austria
E.U. Positive - Kunst aus dem neuen Europa – Akademie der Kunste - Berlin - Germany
All about... Berlin 2 – White Box Kultfabrik - Munich - Germany
Central - New Art from New Europe – Max Gandolf Bibliothek - Salzburg - Austria
Destinations; Five artists from Slovenia - Temple Bar Gallery - Dublin - Ireland
11th Biennial of Visual Arts – Galerija Savremene Umenosti - Pančevo - Serbia&Montenegro - Values      
Media in Painting – Cankarjev Dom - Ljubljana - Slovenia
The Balkans; A Crossroad to the Future – Artefiera Bologna 2004 (special exhibition) - Bologna - Italy

2003            
Current Moments in Contemporary Slovene Art – Center for Contemporary Art - Podgorica - Serbia&Montenegro
Toxic
– Max Protetch Gallery - New York - USA
Blood  & Honey – Future’s is in the Balkans – Sammlung Essl – Klosterneuburg - Wien - Austria
The last East European show – Museum of contemporary Art - Belgrade - Serbia&Montenegro
Far away - Eskilstuna Konstmuseum - Eskilstuna - Sweden
Intermedial - A+A GALLERY - Venice - Italy

2002            
Intermedial – Contemporary Art Gallery - Celje - Slovenia
Vordernberg-Gildewart Foundation – City Gallery Ljubljana - Slovenia
Discontinuities in Time – Part one: Terrorism – Contemporary Art Gallery - Celje - Slovenia
Eye-Try – Kibela Gallery - Maribor - Slovenia

2001            
Slovene way – Neon Gallery - Bologna - Italy
Space / Illusion / Desire – Contemporary Art Gallery - Celje - Slovenia
Discontinuities in Time – Part one: Terrorism – Gallery of Fine Arts - Slovenj Gradec - Slovenia
Chaos & Communication - 10th Biennial of the Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean - Sarajevo - Bosnia&Hercegovina
Installation on vaporeto station during Venice Biennial - Venice - Italy
2.S - Selected students of MFA - MIKLOVA HIŠA GALLERY - Ribnica - Slovenia
Alluring - MGLC - International Centre of Graphic Arts - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Revisions. Painting 70+90 - P74 GALLERY - Lljubljana - Slovenia

2000    
W.A.H.F. Westmorland Arts and Heritage Festival - Latrobe PA - USA      
W.C.C.C. Westmorland County Comunity College - Latrobe PA - USA          
10 Paintings - Kipp Gallery - IUP Indiana University of PA - USA

1999
Homo.Sapiens.3000 - International Art Festival – Kibela Gallery - Maribor - Slovenia
Selected student drawings of human boy since 1986-1998 – City Gallery Ljubljana - Slovenia
Break 21 - International Art Festival - Rog Factory - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Acta - Non Verba II - Sarajevo Winter 1999 - Sarajevo - Bosnia&Hercegovina

1998    
Images of Underworld – Postojna Cave - Postojna - Slovenia
Together - Alcatraz Gallery - Ljubljana - Slovenia
Selected student drawings of human body since 1986–1998 - Miklova Hiša Gallery - Ribnica - Slovenia
Acta - Non Verba – Academy of Fine Arts Gallery - Sarajevo - Bosnia&Hercegovina

1997    
Desideratum - Club Collegium Artisticum - Sarajevo - Bosnia&Hercegovina

Art Fairs:
2013
Volta NY - New York - USA (together with Babak Golkar)

2012
Art Paris - Paris - France

2011
Art-O-Rama - Marseille - France
Viennafair - Wien - Austria
ArtBrussels - Brussels - Belgium

2010
Viennafair - Wien - Austria
ArtBrussels - Brussels - Belgium
Pulse - New York - USA
Artefiera - Bologna - Italy

2009
Art Basel - Miami - USA
Art Basel 40 - Basel - Switzerland
Volta 5 - Basel - Switzerland  
Viennafair - Wien - Austria                                                       
ArtBrussels - Young Talent - Brussels - Belgium
Pulse - New York - USA
ARCO - Madrid - Spain
Volta NY - New York – USA

2008
Art Verona - Verona - Italy
Volta 4 - Basel - Switzerland        
Viennafair - Wien - Austria                                                       
ArtBrussels - Young Talent - Brussels - Belgium            

2007
Artissima 14 – Featuring the Future – Turin - Italy    
Viennafair - Wien - Austria                                                       
ArtBrussels - Young Talent - Brussels - Belgium            

2006
Art(212) Contemporary Art Fair and Emerging Artists - 69th Regiment Armory - New York - USA

2005
Artefiera 2005 - Bologna - Italy

Education:
BFA Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana
MFA Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana
IUP Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Exchange program)
 
Grants & awards:
Henkel Drawing Award 2008 - Austria
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2008-09 - USA
Work-Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture - 2008-09 - Slovenia
Trend Award (Finalist) 2007 - Slovenia
MFA Scholarship by Ministry of Culture 2001-02 - Slovenia

Collections:
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK - Frankfurt - Germany
UNI CREDIT BANK ART COLLECTION - Vienna - Austria
OKOLJE CONSULTING ART COLLECTION - Slovenia
SOCIETE GENERALE - Paris - France
ADRIAN RIKLIN FOUNDATION - Vienna - Austria
ERNST HILGER COLLECTION - Vienna - Austria
MODERNA GALERIJA - MUSEUM OF MODERN ART - Ljubljana - Slovenia
SIEMENS AUSTRIA - Vienna - Austria
MESTNA GALERIJA - CITY GALLERY - Nova Gorica - Slovenia
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA - Ljubljana - Slovenia
NLB - Nova Ljubljanska Banka - Ljubljana - Slovenia
 
Residencies:
2014 - 18th Street Art Center - Santa Monica - Los Angeles CA
2012 - Studio in New York - Residency program by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia
2009 - APT Studio Program (Artists Pension Trust) - New York
2009 - ISCP-International Studio & Curatorial Program - New York
2007 - Firestation Artists Studios - Dublin - Ireland
2005 - Studio in New York - Residency program by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia.


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