Postcard (15 x 10 cm), with printed templates. Six original NSK postal stamps, covered with NSK rubber stamps on the front, verso mounted postal stamp with a NSK rubber stamp and manuscript address (Good condition).
A postcard with a map of the world and six original postal stamps by an imaginery post office, created by the art collective NSK, was issued and stamped on November 10th, 1994, on the first day or an opening of their exhibition. The set was issued in 400 examples.
The stamp on the addre side of the postcard was an official stamp of Slovenia, also designed by the NSK, and issued for the World Football Cup.
The map of the Wolrd, titled as the 1st Universal Order, devided the continents by theit time zones rather than by its political borders.
Neue Slowenische Kunst or NSK (a German phrase meaning New Slovenian Art), is a controversial political art collective that formed in Slovenia in 1984, deriving from the semiunderground punk movement, when Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia. NSK is a large collective consisting of different groups, such as the music group Laibach (German name for Ljubljana), IRWIN (visual art), Cosmokinetic Theatre Noordung (Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre and Red Pilot), New Collective Studio (New Collectivism), Retrovision (film and video), and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy (theory), sometimes represented by same members.
NSK founded its own imaginary state with official passports, stamps, postal system etc.
NSK is using symbols drawn from totalitarian or extreme nationalist movements, often reappropriating totalitarian kitsch, in order to show the repetition of those symbols through the history and in the popular culture. (The strategy of Laibach)… “frustrates” the system (the ruling ideology) precisely insofar as it is not its ironiimitation, but over-identification with it – by bringing to light the obscene superego underside of the system, over-identification suspends its efficiency (Slavoj Žižek, in: Why are Laibach and NSK not fascists? (M’ars, Year 5, nr. 3/4 (1993), p. 3-4)).
Because of the symbols, based on the Nazi propaganda, the NSK is using in its art, performance and music, it has been often misunderstood for a right-wing movement.
Iconography of the Stamps
The collection of six stamps, originally mounted on the front, was issued by the NSK imaginary post office. They depict the most recognizable images made by the groups Laibach, Novi kolektivizem, IRWIN and Kozmokinetični kabinet Noordung between 1985 and 1994.
The middle image in the lower row is based on the most famous poster called The Day of Youth, made by the Novi kolektivizem, in 1987, when they won a Yugoslav state competition for the official poster. It took the committee quite some time to realise, that the draft was a rip-off oa a Nazi propaganda poster by Richard Klein, supporting the NSK’s theory the symbols of the extreme movements (in this case the Nazi movement) repeat in the popular culture.The scandal rought the art group in a great deal of trouble in the last years of Yugoslavia, but also estabilised their place in the late 20th century international art movements.