Exhibitions, Slovenia, 18 July 2012 - 1 September 2012
The ART STAYS International Festival of Contemporary Art, one of the most important contemporary
art festivals in Europe, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will bring together contemporary,
mainly visual artists from all over the world.
This year's festival will be held under the slogan DISPLAY (screen/show!). The word display has many
meanings, but all of them fit perfectly with the aim of the festival. It is a shopwindow, a space, and a
dialogue that we opened with many artists who will come to Ptuj to display their work, carry out a
performance, or be a part of our artist in residence programme to get creative in the oldest town in
In the year when the Art Stays festival is part of the European Capital of Culture, some of the
greatest names of the contemporary art scene will be hosted: Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award
winner in 2005, Regina Jose Galindo from Guatemala, Indian artist Gigi Scaria, presented in the
Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, established Polish artist Lech Majewski, Tonis Saadoja
from Estonia, one of the most important Fluxus (celebrating its 50th anniversary) artists, Yoko Ono,
Ilona Nemeth from Slovakia, Chilean artists Fernando Prats and Ivan Navarro, Hungarian artists
Laszlo Laszlo Revesz and Eike Berg, German-Kenyan couple IngridMwangiRobertHutter, one of the
most important Vietnamese artists Tiffany Chung, Raymundo Sesma from Mexico, Maitha Demithan
from United Arab Emirates, as well as younger, emerging artists such as Marco Bernardi, Roberto
Fassone, and Elena Mazzi from Italy, Kinki Texas and Christiane Draffehn from Germany, Zoie So
from Hong Kong, Jose Molina from Spain, Kensuke Koike from Japan, Marlon De Azambuja from
Brazil, Cyryl Zakrzewski from Poland, Slovenian artists such as son:DA, Duan Kirbi and many more.
The festival will also host daily lectures by artists and curators, as well as workshops as part of the
Summer Academy that will take place during the festival.
The program consists of presentations of contemporary art from 26 European countries and six
other continents and special projects, such as the presentation of installations by European
academies, light art installations and performances, live media set The Are of Bustle by Italian artists
(Claudio Rocchetti, Manuel Frara/interno3, Riccardo Piovesan, Alessandro Sgarbi, Andrea Cazzagon) musical performances by artists from the U.S., Germany and Italy, everyday DJ sessions
and much more.
A group of curators, in collaboration with the leading organizations and galleries from around the
world, has produced a festival that reaffirms the important role played by Art Stays in the European
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