Two partner organizations (Umetnostna Galerija Maribor and Vorres Museum) will creatively interact to implement two major artistic exhibitions, one held in Maribor, Slovenia, and one in Athens, Greece with the aim to address sustainability within an empathic and creative context. 

Curators from each museum will exchange knowledge, share ideas regarding the content of the exhibitions and the participant artists, and develop concepts and creative methods. The creative collaboration of the two museum organizations is expected to facilitate a curatorial discourse that visually emphasizes the use of an empathic approach to artistic practices, through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, video art, and interactive computer art. 

Eyes in the Stone

EKO 9 Triennial of Art and Environment

From folktales and the origins of modern horror in literature and film to contemporary art forms, the horror genre has always possessed the potential to address human and societal fears. With the exhibition Eyes in the Stone, we give power to the primary emotion of fear to jolt us from our numbness to seemingly failing warnings of science.

The artists in the exhibition respond in form and narrative to the threatening atmosphere in nature and culture. In the new venue of the EKO Triennial – the old sanatorium of Dr Mirko Černić in the centre of Maribor – we present artworks which through use of shock, a sense of dread, disquiet and despondency, as well as critical reflection, offer a chance at catharsis in the face of environmental collapse. The old sanatorium, a modernist villa and its surrounding garden, becomes a metaphor for home. If we think of Earth as our home, then this is a house that is haunted.

Freak weather events, mass extinctions, fires and floods, earthquakes, it’s as if the planet is waging revenge on its inhabitants. When moving out of this house or an exorcism is not an option, we must learn to dwell with these restless spirits. We enter this haunted house, this planet terror in order to understand and to make peace with the troubled spirits our presence on Earth has awakened. Come with us. If you dare.


17 May − 28 July 2024


Old sanatorium, Tyrševa ulica 19, Maribor

Embrace Empathy

Exploring the Spectrum of Understanding

The exhibition is organized by the Vorres Museum, a member and collaborator of the EMPACT group, and includes artists and artworks created as part of various actions carried out by all collaborating entities from all participating countries, along with Greek artists invited to enrich the exhibition with their own perspective on the program’s major themes.

The exhibition is curated by Olga Daniylopoulou and is accompanied by the publication of a high-quality and content-rich catalog. Additionally, the Vorres Museum is organizing an educational program related to the artists and artworks participating in the exhibition.

26 artist in total are presented at the Vorres Museum in this group Show; 17 have collaborated in some action with one of the 7 European partners of the EMPACT project. Additionally, works of 9 Greek artists were selected by the curator to intersperse with their works, addressing the issues discussed by the EMPACT project in the context of its actions.

The exhibition includes works from various collaborative programs, workshops and residencies:


30 March — 15 May 2024


Vorres Museum, 1 Diadochou Konstantinou Street, Paiania, Attica