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JAŠA: REQUIEMExhibition and Event, length 60 min

at Tartini House, Piran

Opening Event: 22 June 2024 (see the program below, please reserve your spot)

Exhibition: 22 June 2024 – 7 September 2024

Awarded as part of the special 2023 Tartini Award at the 58th Ex-tempore Piran, JAŠA's solo exhibition is presented by the Giuseppe Tartini Italian Community.

In collaboration with the Piran Self-Governing Community of Italian Nationals, Piran Coastal Galleries, and the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre

Rekviem is an interdisciplinary work that transcends traditional art forms. By fusing visual arts, performance, architectural interventions, puppet art, poetry, and music, JAŠA creates a new comprehensive entity that blurs the lines between reality and constructed space. This approach engages all senses, allowing viewers to immerse themselves fully in the experience.

A requiem typically refers to a musical composition honoring the deceased. JAŠA’s Rekviem is a special dedication to his late father, the esteemed psychiatrist Gorazd V. Mrevlje. His father is one of three protagonists represented by marionettes, crafted by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre according to JAŠA's design and in collaboration with artist Meta Grgurevič. The marionettes—Father, Author, and Giuseppe Tartini, the renowned 18th-century violinist and composer—inhabit a parallel, extratemporal reality, challenging the notion of an ending.

The exhibition setup encompasses most of the museum rooms at the Tartini House. JAŠA utilizes these spaces, incorporating them as ready-made objects alongside selected existing exhibit items. Combined with visual, sound, musical, and situational interventions, these spaces are transformed into living pictures, serving both as complete units and as fragments of a story woven through the entire architecture of the house.

The opening event will feature live performances by puppeteers Lovro Finžgar, Polona Kores, and Martina Maurič Lazar from the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, musicians KALU and Bowrain, performer Mattias Gingliano, the theatre group Al tempo di Tartini, Bela Mrevlje, and others.

»Casa Tartini becomes a gathering of parallels, as JAŠA defines it, a bouleversement of situations, figures and sounds. It is the architecture of a dream, which shifts and changes continuously. The house itself, its rooms overturn and move as in a magnificent Piranesi architecture. It is a dreamlike work, a precious window into the most hidden desires and conflicts.
Three is the recurring number: three are the characters and the third is the dimension of Tartini's sound, almost imperceptible but the result of a perfect harmony: the interference effect between two sounds which, if perfectly in tune, generate a third barely perceptible one. Two fragments can give life to a whole, a third dimension.
Jaša is the conductor of this piece that comes to life and intertwines with the figures of his father and the famous violinist. And in doing so, he traces a circle, a set of parallel narratives that seemingly never met. He gives us a new score, a script rewritten according to an eternal movement.«
Laura Rositani, curator

Program of the Opening Event
22 June 2024, Tartini House, Piran
Free admission

  • 12:00 – 16:00 Exhibition opening
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Guided tour with curator Laura Rositani
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Guided tour with curator Laura Rositani
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Bowrain: Solo piano performance
  • 16:00 – 21:30 Performance
    At: 16:00, 17:30, 19:00, 20:30
    Due to limited capacity, please register for the desired performance time slot beforehand at:
    The performance lasts 1 hour

JAŠA (Jaša Mrevlje-Pollak, 1978, Ljubljana) is a contemporary artist who has made a significant mark with numerous projects worldwide. Through his consistent dedication, he has solidified his position as one of the most influential Slovenian contemporary artists of his generation.

After completing his studies and establishing a successful career in Venice, he relocated to Ljubljana in 2005. There, he garnered significant attention through a series of high-profile projects in collaboration with the Ganes Pratt Gallery. His work involved collaboration with artists from the so-called Venetian Generation such as Meta Grgurevič, Jasmina Cibic, Ištvan Išt Huzjan and other artists linked to the gallery's activities, including Mark Požlep, Viktor Bernik, Žiga Kariž and Arjan Pregl.

Between 2013 and 2018, he worked in New York, where he founded his independent production enterprise,, with Rosa Lux. During this period, he successfully advanced his career through collaborations with various institutions. In 2015, he presented Slovenia at the Venice Biennale with the project UTTER / the violent necessity for the embodied presence of hope.

In 2021, he started working in Berlin, as a resident artist of the Kühlhaus Institute where he is involved in the development of the sustainable project The Monuments, which consists of 17 chapters.

In 2022, he and his colleagues completed the intermedia project BLOOM in Ljubljana. This project encompassed the release and presentation of a music album, a public installation titled UNNAME, an international workshop for young artists called “Making it,” and a spatial setup for a 12-hour main event at Kino Šiška. During this event, he showcased fragments of his past works, merging them into a new, transient art piece.

In 2024, he is preparing the second edition of the international workshop for young artists, “Making it.” This workshop will kick off in Koper and culminate in an exhibition in Berlin.

More about the artist and his work at:

Piran Self-Governing Community of Italian Nationals, Piran Coastal Galleries
Author: JAŠA
Curator: Laura Rositani
Co-writer of the Script: Etan Nechnin
Puppet Design: JAŠA with Meta Grgurevič
Puppet Makers: Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana - Zoran Srdić, Žiga Lebar, Olga Milič, Sandra Birjukov, Marjeta Valjavec, David Klemenčič, Lorena Bukovec, Gabrijela Fleischman
Original Score: KALU
Pupeteers: Lovro Finžgar Polonca Kores Martina Maurič Lazar
Live Music: KALU, Bowrain
Performance: Mattias Gingliano, Al tempo di Tartini, Bela Mrevlje and others
Co-producer: Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana
Production: WE.ARE Inštitut
Technical production and public relations: Glasilka
Partners: Italian Community “Giuseppe Tartini,” Tartini House
Graphic Design: Rosa Lux
Sound design: Mario Babojelič
Technical team of Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana: Damir Radončić (sound), Danilo Korelec, Kristjan Vidner (light), Darko Nedeljković, Slobodan Ilić (scenography)
Proofreading: Noah Charney
Support: Bojana Leskovar, Vuk Ćosić