Most Favoured Nation

Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
05 March – 12 June 2022

Opening Hours:
Tue—Sun | 10 am — 6 pm
Wed | 10 am — 8 pm

The works of the London-based artist and filmmaker Jasmina Cibic (Ljubljana, SI, 1979) engage in a critical examination of nation-building and the mechanisms of soft power. The term soft power describes the indirect exercise of political power by states and actors on other states and societies. Here, culture serves as a fundamental instrument for the self-presentation of national identity and mythology. Cibic decodes these forms of political influence that are exerted on the arts and their originators, and translates them into room-filling installations, performances, and elaborately staged films.

For her first solo exhibition in an Austrian museum, the artist is developing an immersive spatial architecture in the tradition of the debating salon. It will be complemented by a selection of her films. This exhibition presents the work of an internationally renowned representative of a generation of artists who are engaging critically with the legacy of the former Yugoslavia.

A publication will accompany the exhibition.


Jasmina Cibic:
Most Favourite Nations, 2022

Curator: Marijana Schneider
Production: Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Projekt Atol Institute.
Partners: Botanical gardens of the University of Salzburg and Mozarteum University Salzburg.

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.


Born 1979 in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Jasmina Cibic lives and works in London. She is a graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice, and Goldsmiths’ College, London.
She represented Slovenia during 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, with the project For Our Economy and Culture.
In the last two years several solo exhibitions were dedicated to Jasmina Cibic at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana, Phi Foundation Montreal, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, CCA Glasgow and others. Cibic was awarded the Ben Award for Best Immersive and Time Based Art (2020), MAC International Ulster Bank Award (2016) and Best International Artist Award Charlottenborg Fonden Copenhagen (2016). She has been shortlisted for the renowned Film London Jarman Award (2021).

Solos shows (selection)
Most Favoured Nations, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

21.05 – 29.08 : The Palace, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz

The Foundation of Endeavour, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana

An atmosphere of Joyful Contemplation, CCA Glasgow
The Pleasure of Expense, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD Dundee
Spielraum, Tobačna 001, Ljubljana

Everything We Do Today will Look Heroic in the Future, The Significant Other, Vienna
Everything that You Desire and Nothing that You Fear, Phi Foundation, Montreal
This Machine Builds Nations, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle

NADA, National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje
The Spirit of Our Needs, Kunstmuseen Krefeld House Esters
Topical Devices, Northampton Contemporary, Northampton
Firm Foundations, Gallery Zak Branicka, Berlin
The Nation Loves It, Crawfrod Gallery, Cork
A Shining City on a Hill, Space O, Aarhus 2017, Aarhus

Tear Down and Rebuild, Esker Foundation, Calgary
Building Desire, Apoteka, Vodnjan
NADA: Act I, Vjenceslav Richter Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Spielraum, Onomatopee, Eindhoven
Building Desire, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina
Tear Down and Rebuild, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
Spielraum: Give Expression to Common Desires, MGLC, Ljubljana
Spielraum: The Nation Loves It, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Fruits of Our Land, Saw Gallery, Ottawa and LMAK Projects, New York

For Our Economy and Culture, Slovenian pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice

Jasmina Cibic