The results of the "Open Call for Proposals for a Young Artist Residency at MGLC Švicarija"

The International Centre of Graphic Arts public institution launched an open call for proposals for a young artist residency at MGLC Švicarija with the aim of renting out a studio at the Švicarija to a young artist up to 35 years of age for a period of two years. The open call ended on 4 November 2019. A panel of experts composed of Alenka Gregorič, artistic director of the Ljubljana City Art Gallery and the Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre, Piera Ravnikar, art dealer and artistic director of the Ravnikar Gallery Space, and Miha Kelemina, head of the World of Art School of Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing, evaluated nine applications, which arrived complete and on time. In accordance with the documentation stipulated by the open call for proposals, the committee evaluated: the applicant’s references during the period 2017–2019 (solo exhibitions and participation in group exhibitions at referential contemporary art venues; awards, recognitions, special mentions and purchased artworks), media responses to the applicant’s past work and the presentation of the proposed work programme for the period of the residency. From the applications received, the proposal submitted by visual artist Adrijan Praznik received the highest number of points.

The justification of the committee

Adrijan Praznik works actively within the field of visual art as a painter, illustrator and curator. His work so far demonstrates a high level of quality and recognizability, something which is evidenced by the references provided. Adrijan Praznik has presented his artworks in numerous group and solo shows, in referential exhibition venues of contemporary art in Slovenia as well as internationally. He is the recipient of the 2019 Brumen Award for Excellence in Slovenian Design. His works have been published in several art publications and are part of two art collections. The carefully presented programme of work during the course of the residency foresees the production of two series of new works and the organisation of a cycle of exhibition and social events. The committee considers that awarding Adrijan Praznik with the art residency will contribute to the development of his art practice as well as to the development of the community of the Švicarija.

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The Centenary of the Birth of Zoran Kržišnik

A hundred years have passed since the birth of Zoran Kržišnik, the initiator and longtime director of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

Zoran Kržišnik has left an indelible mark on Slovenian post-war art, especially in the field of printmaking.

The openning of the 17th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, 19 June 1987.
Moderna galerija Ljubljana Archive.

He was born on 26 January 1920 in Žirovnica in the Gorenjska region. After completing his studies in Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, he became the first warden of the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. In 1957, he became director of the Museum of Modern Art and held the position until 1986. Kržišnik was one of the initiators and the longtime director of the International Biennial of Graphic Arts, which functioned under the auspices of the Museum of Modern Art between 1955 and 1986. In 1986, the organisation of the Biennial of Graphic Arts was taken on by the International Centre of Graphic Arts, which was established upon the initiative of Zoran Kržišnik and the Biennial Secretariat, receiving its spaces in Tivoli Mansion. Kržišnik was the director of the International Centre of Graphic Arts from its foundation until his retirement in 2000.

He is the co-founder of the Grupa 69 art group. He is also credited with the globally accepted term of the Ljubljana school of graphic arts. For many years, he was a member of various international juries in reputable institutions, commissions and committees around the world. He also published extensively, wrote numerous pieces on contemporary art and presented Slovenian artists in comprehensive monographs and exhibition catalogues. He made a huge contribution to the promotion of Slovenian and Yugoslav printmaking across the world. He received numerous national and international accolades for his work, including the Valvasor Award, the Silver Honorary Badge of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia and the French Legion of Honour. Zoran Kržišnik died on 2 July 2008 in Ljubljana. In 2011, a memorial sculpture dedicated to the life and work of Zoran Kržišnik by academy-trained sculptor Matjaž Počivavšek was unveiled in front of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.



MGLC Švicarija in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, both based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, invites art critics or cultural journalists to apply for a fully-funded, one-month residency in Ljubljana in October 2020.

Deadline for applications: 17 February 2020


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Arhive.


Openning of the exhibition

Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near

Friday, 31 January, at 1 pm, MGLC

The opening will include a guided tour by the artist Helena Tahir and the exhibition curator Božidar Zrinski.

Helena Tahir: Print (4),
from the series In the Whirl
(90 x 65 cm, linocut, 2017).

Helena Tahir represents the youngest generation of artists to deliberately explore the properties of classic printmaking techniques both in terms of form and content, hence actively co-creating the image of contemporary graphic creativity on the Slovenian art scene. The exhibition presents drawings and prints made over the recent years, some of which are here presented to the public for the first time. Helena Tahir’s graphic prints are characterised by the loquacious interweaving of various images stemming from the imagination, brimming with meaningful associations and historical references that must be carefully observed in order to make them easier to understand.