Neue Slovenian Kunst were an important artist collective formed in the 1980s in Slovenia comprising a number of elements; the painting collective Irwin, the artist-musicians Laibach, the theatre group the Scipion Nasice Sisters and the design group New Collectivism. NSK’s name is taken from a German phrase meaning “New Slovenian Art”. Their work addressed the social and political situation in Slovenia, formerly a part of Yugoslavia, during a period of great turmoil, forming a lens through which to view the history of the country—in particular, the complex relationship between culture and national identity within a place that had been repeatedly occupied.
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