EU projects

 

Cooperation of 4 biennials: LEISURE, DISCIPLINE AND PUNISHMENT

Partners in the project:

Contour Mechelen, Biennial for Moving Image, Belgium
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden
Liverpool Biennial, The UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, United Kingdom
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of the project: 2012−2014

Description of the project: Part of 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts' Programme is Leisure, Discipline and Punishment project. By premiere presentation of eight artworks Biennial is promoting moving images.

Activities of the project: Production, presentation and promotion of artwork in the frame of all of included biennials.

Financier: Culture Programme

 

Password: Printmaking, Travelling Exhibition and Art Residencies

Partners in the project:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hablar en Arte (HEA), Madrid, Spain
Frans Masereel Centrum (FMC), Kasterlee, Belgium
Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti (MMSU), Rijeka, Croatia
Tallin Print Triennial (TPT), Tallinn, Estonia
International Print Society in Krakow (SMTG), Krakow, Poland

Duration of the project: 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2014

Description of the project: Password: Printmaking is a project funded by the European Union Culture Programme, involving six European institutions whose work is dedicated to the research, promotion, collection and/or production of modern and contemporary graphic printing and art publications. The project coordinator is MGLC. The project has been stimulated by the different views on contemporary printmaking and the attempts to promote its popularisation and evaluation within the field of contemporary art practices.

The main objectives of the project are: to contribute to the greater visibility of contemporary European art printmaking and reproducible artistic practices related to print, to allow artists to create and become known outside their national environments, to contribute to a better visibility of the international institutions dedicated to the promotion, production, collection and education in the field of the graphic arts, to produce a creative dialogue between artists, experts, institutions and audiences, to contribute to the circulation of artworks across Europe, and to consolidate the theoretical bases for the evaluation of the contemporary graphic arts.

Activities of the project: The partners in the project will implement the set objectives through various activities, which will be devoted to fans of printmaking as well as those who deal with it professionally. During the course of the project, meetings will be held for the project co-organizers, residencies for artists and curators (16), a staff exchange programme in the field of the graphic arts (6), workshops and events, a travelling exhibition and an international conference. Activities will be taking place at various locations in the six European countries. The travelling exhibition’s first stop will be at MGLC in Ljubljana. The exhibition selected by six curators will present the works of 24 artists from the EU countries taking part in the project.

Financier: Culture Programme

Artists’ Books on Tour, Artist Competition and Mobile Museum 

Partners in the project:

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, Austria
International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Museum of Decorative Arts (UPM), Prague, Czech Republic

Duration of the project: 2010–2012

Description of the project: The project partners MAK, UPM and MGLC organized an international competition on the theme of artists’ books in 2011, in order to stimulate the production and promotion of artists’ books as an art form. Partners also digitized their existing collections of artists’ books.

Activities of the project: The result of the competition was a travelling exhibition of selected works carried out as a mobile museum. 

Project funding: Culture Programme

Living Memory, Artist Publications in Europe – A Network for Indexing, Presentation and Communication 

Partners in the project:

Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Centre national de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé, Paris, France
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of the project: 2008–2010

Description of the project: The purpose of the project was to link the knowledge and practice of the partners in the field of cataloguing art publications and establish a system of guidelines that would help to further the work of all those involved in art publications.

Activities of the project: The project also included three specific exhibitions in the field of art publications. The most visible result of the project was the publication of the Manual for Artists’ Publications, Cataloguing Guidelines, Definitions and Descriptions in the English and German languages.

Financier: Culture Programme 

25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts 

Partners in the project: 

International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Kaire-Designe, Vilnius, Lithuania

Duration of the project: 2003–2005

Description of the project: The biennial curator Christophe Cherix invited American artist Allen Ruppensberg to participate in the exhibition and create interventions in the space full of artists’ books, newspapers, art ephemera and other art publications produced between 2000 and 2003. He invited independent publishers and artists from around the world to participate in the project.

Activities of the project: The partners in the project were the connecting links between the biennial and the independent publishers and artists from the East and West, whereas the biennial exhibition was transferred to Luxembourg and Vilnius as a virtual event and lecture.

The project resulted in the production of approximately 500 new publications, which have become part of the MGLC collection.

Financier: Culture Programme 2000

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NATAŠA BERK: 1ST UNLIMITED EDITION

2. 4.–19. 5. 2019

Opening:
2 April, at 7 pm
Švicarija

The exhibition is part of the year-long programme of Švicarija, which in 2019 focuses on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the right of the public to information in pursuit of the slogan community, art and nature. The participating artists question the credibility of images and their meanings at a time of the oversaturation with visual impulses and analyse the ambiguity of media messages on the world wide web.

The spatial intervention by Nataša Berk and the group of artists at Švicarija presents their diverse visual production, which usually takes place in the virtual space of the world wide web and social networks. On this occasion, it has moved into a physical space. Together, they explore the phenomenology of the image within public circulation and its impact on the perception of reality. In ironic ways, they address the norms of the advertising industry, the tendencies of the mass media, voyeurism and the social convention of the individual’s appearance. Thus, works devoted to the consideration of the nature of the image in everyday life are presented as part of the exhibition. In such a way, photographs, videos and collages open up the questions of understanding visual culture in an era when the public space has become saturated with contents and images, questions about the manipulation of the image and the ambivalence of its meanings.    

Curator: Miha Colner


Photo: Nataša Berk.

ANNOUNCING the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

7. 6.–29. 9. 2019

Curator:
art collective Slavs and Tatars
31 artists on 9 venues in Ljubljana

Crack Up – Crack Down will take an expansive view of the genre of satire today, featuring works by historical and contemporary international artists, as well as interventions by activists, new media polemicists, performances by stand-up comedians, and others. For the 33rd edition of the Biennial, Slavs and Tatars consider ‘the graphic’ not as a medium, but as an agency. They question how graphic language engenders a form of infra-politics via irony and ridicule as a particularly resilient and contemporary form of critique. Purported to speak truth to power, satire has proven itself to be a petri dish in a world of post-truth bacteria

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POVEZUJEM/TIVOLI CREATIVE CIRCLE

The PovezujeM/Tivoli Creative Circle
programme
, which is organised by the museums around Tivoli Park, will take place again during the summer holidays.

Two time-frames are available:
8–12 July and 26–30 August,
from 8 am to 4 pm. 

Further details will be available soon!

You can pre-book your place by writing to: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si

Part of the circle: National Museum of Slovenia, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Contemporary History, National Gallery of Slovenia and International Centre of Graphic Arts.

Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s and Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

22. 3.–19. 5. 2019

GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION
 

Tuesday, April 23, at 5.30 pm
in English
at 5 pm in Slovenian

Admission for the exhibition, the guided tour is free.
Conducted by the co-author of the exhibition Gregor Dražil, Museum Information Officer.

Warmly welcome!


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Family fold’r 

Dear families, you are kindly invited to explore the MGLC gallery!
We have again prepared the Family fold’r for you, which you receive free of charge when you purchase a family ticket to view the exhibition.
This time, some curious cards are waiting for you inside, and they need to find their places in the gallery with your help and the help of your children.

Good luck!

Exhibition's symposium
Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

Wednesday, 15 May, 14.30–19.00, 
International Centre of Graphic Arts

Symposium timeline
14:00 Gregor Dražil: An Outline of Collaboration between Japan and Slovenia in the Area of Printmaking
*14:40 Bert Winther-Tamaki: The Wood Aesthetic of the “Creative Prints” Movement of Japan, 1945 to 1965
15:20 Wiktor Komorowski: From Washi to Politics: Printmaking and the Cold War Japonisme
16:00–16:20 Break
16:20 Marjeta Ciglenečki: Forma Viva in Slovenia and Japanese Artists
17:00 Noriaki Sangawa: The Japanese Art Group Ryu and Its Collaboration with the Slovenian Moderna galerija and the Biennial of Graphic Arts

Visiting lecture
*Bert Winther-Tamaki: What Happens to Contemporary Art Made in Japan When Exhibited Outside of Japan?
*The lecture will take place on Monday, 13 May, at 18:00 at the Faculty of Arts, room 343. The lecture is co-organised by the Department of Art History.

The symposium will be held in English.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

opening:
Friday, March 22, at 6 pm

The exhibition is made up of two sections. The first, bearing the title Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s, is dedicated to Japanese printmaking of the 1970s and was organised by the Japan Foundation, while the second, the documentary section, is entitled Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration and has been prepared by the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

The travelling exhibition Photographic Images and Matter, with a selection of the most representative artists, presents the orientations within Japanese printmaking of the 1970s, which was the golden age of the print medium in Japan. The curator of the exhibition Kyoji Takizawa has made an attractive selection of artists, who have received many awards within the international arena and form the core of the modernist and avant-garde scene of the 1970s.

The documentary exhibition Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration, on the other hand, illuminates one of the many socio-artistic chapters tied to the history of the Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. Through the selection of pictorial, archival, photographic and other material, it aims to show the communication between the geographically and politically disparate countries as part of an ambitious international art event like the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. Exhibition authors are Nevenka Šivavec and Gregor Dražil.

The exhibition is accompanied by an international symposium under the same title, taking place in the month of May.

Exhibition design: Ivian Kan Mujezinović and Mina Fina.


Tetsuya Noda: Diary, September 11, '68 (woodcut and silkscreen).