About the biennial

The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts is one of the oldest biennials in the world. Its emergence in 1955 pinpointed Ljubljana and the visual art of Slovenia on the world map.

The Biennial is highly esteemed by international measure and is recognized as a high-quality event, whereas Slovene art has in turn become well-known outside Slovenia’s borders because of the Biennial. It is the printmakers that most widely represent Slovene art in the museums of the world, something which the Biennial contributed to, as well as inviting artists to major international exhibitions.

During its sixty years of existence, the Biennial has helped to raise the quality of Slovene artmaking. By regularly presenting the works of artists from different cultural backgrounds and artistic environments, it has had an impact on local goings on. It also greatly contributed to the formation of the Ljubljana school of graphic arts and those art pieces that represent the highlights of classic printmaking production. The Biennial took shape during a period when printmaking and its reproductive techniques grasped perfectly the disposition of art and society in general. That was precisely the time when pop art was coming to the fore in Great Britain and in the United States. Post-war capitalism, consumer society and the loose division between so-called high and low culture greatly affected the production of art. Art became an object of consumerism, yet another product on the supermarket shelf, placed next to the cans of soup, where Andy Warhol had put it. In this climate, the Biennial made a head start in becoming one of the world’s renowned art events. As the oldest manifestation of this type, it has also encouraged the emergence of similar types of events around the world.

Between the ends of the seventies and the eighties, the currents in the art world changed. The focus was again placed on the so-called originality of the artist’s hand, which pushed printmaking as a mass production technique into the background, whereas the events of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts went through a period of crisis. The nineties re-established art inclined towards printmaking, which held an interest for the attributes of post-industrial society, environmental awareness, political correctness in various scopes and its communicative capacities. And so the International Biennial of Graphic Arts once again gained prominence. After 2001, it also began to make active connections with reproductive techniques other than printmaking, such as photography, film and computer programs. The 24th Biennial in 2001 embarked on the process of revitalization, checking the structure, organization, attitude towards the local and international public, curatorship. The self-reflection and questioning of its role will continue also with the biennials to follow.

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Programme of the Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project in June

Sunday guided tour of the exhibition
Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature in English and Slovenian, conducted by Matic Ferlan
Sunday, June 24, at 3 pm

theme-based guided tour
Jože Plečnik and Tivoli Park
conducted by Darja Pergovnik
Thursday, June 21, at 4.30 pm

Photo: Nejc Ketiš. MGLC Archive.

Cycle of films by David Lynch at The Slovenian Cinematheque to accompany the exhibition Fire on Stage

The art of living with David Lynch

Thursday to Thursday, 21–28 June, The Slovenian Cinematheque (Miklošičeva 28)

Opening projection:
Thursday, 21 June, 21.00
In Slovenia for the first time!

David Lynch: The Art Life
Directed by: Rick Barnes, Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, USA, 2016, colour, 98'
Biographical documentary about David Lynch as a multifaceted artist.

Programme

Blue Velvet, 1986, 120', sp, Friday, 22 June, 20.00

Blue Velvet Revisited, documentary, Friday, 22 June, 22.15 
Directed by: Peter Braatz, Germany/Slovenia, 2016, 85', sp

Inland Empire, 2006, 180', sp, Saturday, 23 June, 20.00

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, 1992, 135', sp, Sunday, 24 June, 20.00
Before the projection: Mirt Komel: The Golden Circle of Appetite and Satisfaction, lecture

Lost Highway, 1997, 135', sp, Tuesday, 26 June, 21.00

Dune, 1984, 140', sp, Wednesday, 27 June, 20.00

Eraserhead, 1977, 89', sp, Thursday, 28 June, 21.00

Admission payable

A ticket to the David Lynch exhibition comes with free admission to a chosen projection in the David Lynch film cycle. The holders of The Slovenian Cinematheque tickets for a film from the David Lynch cycle receive a 50% discount on the purchase of a ticket for the David Lynch exhibition.


Courtesy by Film Constellation and Slovenka kinoteka

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

Tuesday guided tours of the exhibition

Tuesday, June 26, at 6 pm

Every Tuesday in May and June
at 6 pm.
Every Tuesday in July at 7 pm.

Guided tours in Slovenian and English, conducted by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil.
Admission payable.

Occasionally also guided tours by curators and guests; please follow www.mglc-lj.si.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

RABBITS
puppet show

Friday, 29 June, 21.00

The gallery is open till 9 pm on that day.
Admission 5 EUR (ticket for the exhibition)

Rabbits are a conceptual puppet interpretation of Lynch's comedy-horror-sitcom internet TV series Rabbits (David Lynch, 2002).

Author: Patricija Šošter
Puppets: Barbara Stupica
Set: Marko Turkuš
Directed by: Mirt Komel


Photo: Patricija Šoštar.

EXHIBITION: BLUE VELVET REVISITED

The photographs from the film Blue Velvet are back on view at Kinodvor from 1 June.

To accompany the exhibition
David Lynch: Fire on Stage you are invited to the Kinodvor Gallery, where the photographs from the shooting of the film Blue Velvet taken by Peter Braatz will be on view again.


Photo: Peter Braatz.