There was a Mean Ant...

With the new school year at the Maribor Art Gallery, we are pleased to introduce to you our new mascot - The Mean Ant! In the year when UGM celebrates 65 years, with the ant we symbolically return to the beginning of the gallery, the author of the poem the Mean Ant is the first director of UGM - Branko Rudolf. The image of the ant was crated by Maribor graphic designer and illustrator Nenad Cizl. The unveiling of the new mascot is a continuation of the lively celebration of our anniversary, which began in the first half of this year with an exhibition Branko Rudolf And The Beginnings Of UGM. Learn more about the new UGM mascot here.

In the gallery, the ant will address the young audience in particular, at the visits to UGM it will welcome children from kindergartens and schools, will take over the role of ambassador of the educational program, be present on social networks, and children will have the opportunity to take it with them and thus bring home some part of the gallery. But it will surely also address an older audience as well, all of us who grew up with The Mean Ant and now love to share our love for it with others.

The ant is used to work in a group, so it is great to be in the UGM collective, where it often comes to the rescue. She especially likes to help bring works from the UGM Collection, as she can carry things that are much larger and heavier than her size. She is diligent, like ants are as proverb seas, but the transformative power of art is sometimes so enraging that she becomes (too) bold, seriously curious and downright insane.

See you in the 2019/2020 school year!