On the ground floor of Švicarija is the Stojan Batič Memorial Studio (1925–2015), which is a reconstruction of the sculptor's studio in Svetčeva ulica in the Rožna dolina district of Ljubljana.

Stojan Batič left his mark on post-war Slovenian sculpture with his creative work. He inherited his first studio in Gallusovo nabrežje from his professor at the Ljubljana Academy, the sculptor Frančišek Smerdu. However, when the artist visited Paris for the first time in 1956, he was already working in a studio in Švicarija. He worked here in the period from 1954 to 1959. In 1957, he created the sculpture Ballet, which can be seen as we walk along the Jakopič Promenade past the fountain to Grad Tivoli. In 1959, Batič moved to a new studio at Svetčeva ulica 1, and his work followed a new direction under the influence of Ossip Zadkine.

The current spatial reconstruction revives the atmosphere and set-up of this very studio. It allows us to become acquainted with the sculptor's oeuvre, his drafts for famous monumental works and his small sculpture pieces, to which Stojan Batič paid much attention. Among others, both self-portraits are exhibited here, even one of the first resting girl nudes in fired clay, a monumental figure of a miner in plaster, a version of the glass Composition with which he completed his famous series in glass Explosion, drawings from the Tragos cycle, while among the terracottas we note works from the cycles Ithaca, European Legends, Slovenian Myths and Legends, as well as other small sculptures.

The studio also houses some of the artist's personal belongings, documentation, tools he used in his work, as well as the artworks the artist exchanged with his friends (the large canvas by Stane Kregar, the portrait of his wife Milena, a work by Vladimir Lakovič).

As the entire ground floor of Švicarija is dedicated to public programmes, the revival of Batič's studio, together with the presentations, talks and lectures on art, sculpture workshops, or simply the possibility of becoming acquainted with the rich artistic heritage of the past century, represents an extraordinary experience. The Stojan Batič Memorial Studio is both a museum installation and a space that inspires creativity.


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

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A pop-up exhibition presentation of the production at the end of the Prague & Ljubljana international residency.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022, at 5 pm
MGLC Grad Tivoli, Print Studio
free entry

In 2022, International Centre of Graphic Arts and the international residency center MeetFactory from Prague started a long-term collaboration of resident artist exchanges. After a two-month residency (June–July), Timur Aloev presents works created in the MGLC Print Studio.

Each residency will host an artist for two months and give them the opportunity to create new works. The first artist to visit Ljubljana was Timur Aloev (1990), a Russian-Czech illustrator and painter who lives and works in Prague. He also works in drawing and ceramics. His work has its origins in Slavic mythology, heroic stories, legends and fairy tales. The narrative character of his artworks also stems from the artist's primary interest in book illustration and comics, whereas pictorially he combines elements of Romanticism, Renaissance landscapes, Art Nouveau décor, Japanese anime and kitsch. During his two-month residency, he explored printmaking techniques in the MGLC Print studio and will present his working process and new prints at the culmination of his residency.


Timur Aloev: Still Life with Peony and Eggs, 2022, collage.

Prints and Impressions 2

5. 7.–2. 10. 2022
MGLC Grad Tivoli

The exhibition is the result of a public call for submissions to Slovenian artists of all generations actively working in the field of fine art printing and printmaking. It serves as a starting point for further research into Slovenian graphic production and its involvement in the contemporary visual art practices.

An international expert jury consisting of Barbora Kundračíková (CZ), Mario Čaušić (HR) and Miloš Đorđević (RS) selected the works of 43 artists from the 114 submissions.

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Contemporary Equals Fresh

26. 7.–27. 8. 2022

A travelling exhibition of contemporary Slovenian printmaking is currently on display at the International Art Studio "Radovan Trnavac Mića" in Valjevo.

The exhibition presents the following artists Vesna Drnovšek, Miha Erič, Črtomir Frelih, Matjaž Geder, Nataša Mirtič, Svetlana Jakimovska - Rodić, Oliver Pilić, Zora Stančič, Helena Tahir and Sonja Vulpes, as selected by mag. Breda Škrjanec.