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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Summer in Tivoli

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Sunday guided tour of the exhibition
Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature in English and Slovenian, conducted by Matic Ferlan
Sunday, July 29, at 3 pm

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature project, by which the Švicarija Creative Centre is being introduced into the cultural life of the capital, derives from three basic elements that have marked the history of the building: community, art and nature. The project consists of an exhibition and supplementary exhibition programme inspired by the building that actualises the history of Švicarija, in such a way providing the guidelines for its activities in the future.

The multifaceted exhibition consists of four sections: HistoryThe Stojan Batič Memorial StudioArchitecture and Art. The exhibition takes us through the history and social life of the building, it presents us with activities of the artists in it and highlights its recent renovation. These sections are connected by the artwork


Photo: Nejc Ketiš. MGLC Archive.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN THE CHILDREN'S STUDIO IN THE ŠVICARIJA CREATIVE CENTRE!

Creative workshops, animations and guided tours of the building are held for children every Friday. The studio operates free of charge every Friday from May to October, from 10 am to 1 pm. The activities are led by the gallery mentors Petra Derganc, Tina Boc, Petja Kolenko and Katja Kovše.

You may like to book your visit by writing to the following e-mail: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si.

SUMMER IN TIVOLI

In July at MGLC and the Švicarija Creative Centre

We have taken care to pamper the body and spirit in the city park this year too, given that the Summer in Tivoli traditionally fills the warm and carefree summer evenings with a rich array of cultural events. Visit us on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday.

Tuesday, 17. July: International Centre of Graphic Arts

19.00–20.00: Public guided tour of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage in English and Slovenian
18.00–21.00: Extended viewing of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage and STOP AND GO, The Art of Animated GIFS exhibition
20.00–21.00: concert Vladimir Kuzman

Tuesday, 24. July: International Centre of Graphic Arts

19.00–20.00: Public guided tour of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage in English and Slovenian
18.00–21.00: Extended viewing of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage and STOP AND GO, The Art of Animated GIFS exhibition
20.00–21.00: concert Jakob Kobal

Thursday, 19 July, Švicarija Creative Centre

20.00–21.00: Public guided tour of the exhibition Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature in English and Slovenian
21.00–22.00: Concert of contemporary electronic and hybrid music: Futurski

Thursday, 26 July, Švicarija Creative Centre

20.00–21.00: Public guided tour of the exhibition Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature in English and Slovenian
21.00–22.00: Concert of contemporary electronic and hybrid music: Kukushai

Sunday, 15 July, Platform of the Švicarija Creative Centre

Film cycle on Sundays: Films in the Woods, 21.00–23.00 + 
21.00: Film aperitif: 'КУКЛА' (Kukla) 
21.30–23.00: Wild roses, 2017, Polish

Sunday, 22 July, Platform of the Švicarija Creative Centre

Film cycle on Sundays: Films in the Woods, 21.00–23.00 + 
21.00: 
Film aperitif: Federmaister
21.30–23.00: Twilight Portrait, 2011, Russian

 

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

Tuesday guided tours of the exhibition

Tuesday, July 17 and 24, at 7 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: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

CONCLUDING EVENT TO THE EXHIBITION

Friday, 20 July, 19.00–21.00

Admission to the exhibition (5, 2.5 EUR for both events)

19.00 David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation, presentation,
conducted by dr. Andrej Rus, teacher of transcendental meditation
20.00 Miroslav Karić: Under the surface ... Lynch as a Visual Artist. Interweaving of pictorial and film motifs, lecture of the exhibition Fire on Stage. (The lecture is in the Serbian language.)

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
Animation: LG Patana
Sound: Samo Pavlica - Linč
Voices: Marija Glavaš, Mirt Komel, Ana Šega


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.