The International Centre of Graphic Arts took Švicarija into its care on 9 May 2017, thus expanding the spatial possibilities and developing the programme of the founding institution.

The renovated building hosted the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, Birth as Criterion (16. 6.–29. 10. 2017), and the first artists moved into the art studios at the end of the year. The exhibition project Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature (8. 2. 2018–6. 1. 2019) updated the history of the building to the present day and set the guidelines for the future: to connect community, art and nature.

Our vision is based on an understanding of the socio-historical contexts in which Švicarija took on different roles. From the historical perspective, it can be seen as a space of hospitality, coexistence, exchange and transformation. By considering the needs of today, Švicarija continues to uphold and develop these ideas and values.

MGLC Švicarija is thus becoming an international residency centre and support for cultural mobility, a centre for production and creativity, a centre for knowledge exchange and a model for the revitalisation of cultural heritage.

The international residency programme, cultural and art programme (exhibitions, events, expert meetings, cultural education), the art studios and the outstanding cultural heritage with the Stojan Batič Memorial Studio encourage the flow of knowledge and experience between artists and visitors.

We address the audience with new ways of presenting the graphic medium and contemporary art in connection with the community and nature. The location of the building in Tivoli Park and at the foot of Rožnik gives our ambitions and desires a sustainable and ecological character.

MGLC Švicarija is a house with open doors – because, at the crossroads between Grad Tivoli and Švicarija, Ljubljana's new cultural, educational and social centre is being born. We invite you to visit us from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and of course during events.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

 

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MGLC ŠVICARIJA: OPEN CALL FOR CRITIC-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2022

MGLC Švicarija, a creative and residential centre, in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory invites art critics and cultural journalists from international milieu to apply for a fully funded, one-month residency in Ljubljana during October 2022.

Our aim is to host an art critic or cultural journalist active in writing and publishing reviews and/or other forms of art writing in the international context, and who is interested in Ljubljana’s vibrant art scene and will produce at least 1 piece of writing (review, interview, column or essay) on selected artist(s), art exhibition(s) or art event(s) in Ljubljana over the course of the residency. The text should be published in the English language in a relevant periodical (printed or online), radio, television or personal blog. The selection will also take into account whether the applicant already has an agreement or confirmation for the publication in relevant media of the text to be produced during the one-month residency.

We invite to apply art critics and cultural journalist from international milieu (applicants from Slovenia are not eligible).

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2022.

The period of the residency: 1–31 October 2022.

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The award recipients of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts

The International Jury consisting of Lovro Japundžić, Jen Kratochvil, Sam Lackey and Poka-Yio decided that the Grand Prix of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts goes to Johannes Paul Raether.
The Jury presented the Research Residency Award to Mario Mu, who also received the Audience Award, and a Special Mention from the Jury went to the BCAA System collective.

Congratulations to all the prize winners of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts!

This Happy Day of Culture at Švicarija

Anja Jerčič Jakob: Fragile Balance

3. 12. 2021–13. 2. 2022

The exhibition will be opened on This Happy Day of Culture, 3 December, at 6 pm.

Painter and pedagogue Anja Jerčič Jakob has been working at the MGLC Švicarija residential and creative centre since 2017. In the exhibition Fragile Balance, she presents herself with two painting cycles, Field Residues (2020–2021) and Weeds (2021).

All visitors to events that will be open to the public at Tivoli Mansion and MGLC Švicarija are asked to comply with the PCT (recovered-vaccinated-tested) requirements.