on Tuesday, 10th December 2013, at 6 p.m., at the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana
Zdenka Golob is a Slovene artist of the older generation (1928). As a printmaker, Zdenka Golob works in etching and dry point. Her artistic oeuvre is extremely unique, even atypical. The retrospective exhibition presents an opportunity to see the artist’s printmaking oeuvre as well as her watercolours, drawings and paintings.
Nataša Mirtič (1973) presents her latest cycle of prints entitled Re: Production in which she combines three different matrices to form very precisely made up visual compositions. Through the use of the etching and aquatint techniques, these images of the recognizable symbols of today’s media landscape often turn into simple visual elements full of associative starting points.
This year’s Biennial in Ljubljana put on show the works of more than 60 international artists who presented themselves in 9 exhibitions at 11 exhibition venues at the museums and galleries of Ljubljana and one in Madrid. We have recorded a very good visit from school groups, a considerable interest for the main Biennial exhibition Interruption particularly, and the Slovenian artists in Madrid, as well as a partial presentation at other European biennials: at the Contour Biennial (Mechelen), the Göteborg International Biennal for Contemporary Art and the Liverpool Biennial.
It is estimated that during the 10-week period more than 25,000 people visited the exhibitions and events, which enthralled a wide audience, from families with children, to students and young people, experts and amateur connoisseurs of graphic and contemporary art. Additionally, we have recorded high numbers of visitors to the exhibitions at the tourist locations of Ljubljana Castle and the Jakopič Promenade.
The Grand Prize of the Biennial awarded by the jury: Tevž Logar (president), Chema de Francisco, Sally Tallant and Dusica Kirjakovic received María Elena González for her work The Tree Talk Series.
The jury also gave an Honourable Mention to Meta Grgurevič and Urša Vidic for their project GalanterieMécanique / Fil d'argent.
The Audience Award for the best artist of the biennial received Tomas Vu-Daniel with the work Songs from The Beatles - The White Album 1986
Artist Statement: Tomas Vu- Daniel:
"I am so honored to be the recipient of the Audience Award at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana. It has been a delight to participate in this Biennial and the rich dialogue it has fostered. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful event, and even more so to receive the Audience Award. I would like to extend my thanks to the organizers, participants, and attendees for making this Biennial such an excellent experience."