Pilar Quinteros: Cathedral of Freedom

Starting point: the boat barrier on the Ljubljanica River at the Mortuary Bridge
Course of navigation: Mortuary Bridge – Butchers’ Bridge – Mortuary Bridge
Saturday, 25 July, at 10 am

In 1947, during the time of Yugoslavia, Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik proposed a draft for a new Slovenian Parliament in Ljubljana called the Plečnik Parliament or the Cathedral of Freedom, which is also the title of the project by Chilean artist Pilar Quinteros at the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts. However, his proposal was rejected due to financial, logistic and stylistic reasons. A new open call for submissions was released in order to find the final form and the building of the Slovenian Parliament as we know it today became the winning project. Nevertheless, Plečnik’s draft remained enshrined in the collective memory and can today be seen on the Slovenian 10 cent coin, even though the project was never developed.

The project by Pilar Quinteros tries to reconstruct the model of Plečnik’s draft using lightweight materials (such as cardboard), covered with waterproof materials. Cathedral of Freedom will be installed on a raft produced by the artist herself, which she will release on the Ljubljanica River. Hence the building will not only be the first volumetric presence in the city, but will also “visit” different places without having to be anywhere for too long, since there is no room for it in the city’s urban plan. The raft, which the artists produced in Ljubljana in its entirety, is made from wood and recycled plastic bottles.

As the artist says: “My project is about a building with no space to be that, moving aimlessly across the waters of Ljubljana.”

Pilar Quinteros

In cooperation with the Ljubljana Association of River Captains.

Biography Pilar Quinteros

Pilar Quinteros was born in 1988 in Santiago, Chile. She studied Art at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile gaining her degree in 2011. She has been working at the same institution for the past few years as a teaching assistant on a number of courses including Colour, Drawing and the Thesis Workshop.
She is a co-founder and active member of the MICH (International Museum of Chile) art collective, which is a multidisciplinary collective dedicated to generating reflective projects, art spaces and artwork. She is the winner of the Jean-Claude Reynal Scholarship (2012) for artists working in paper awarded by the Fondation de France and the Fine Arts Museum of Bordeaux, the third place winner of the CCU Art Scholarship (2013), and the finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize awarded by PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine (2014).

She has shown her work in venues such as the National Fine Arts Museum (Media Arts Biennial, Santiago, Chile, 2013), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago, Chile, 2010), ArteBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina 2012), Casa de las Américas (Havana, Cuba, 2013), PinchukArtCentre (Kiev, Ukraine, 2014) and Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery (London, UK, 2015).
In her work, Pilar Quinteros uses building materials such as cardboard, wood, fibreglass and plastic, among others, many of which have been discarded, to create volumes by hand. The latter represents an important aspect of her work, as she values the thinking and understanding that emerge from a direct relationship to the production processes. By involving herself both mentally and physically in the process of creation, the result is ultimately the product of her daily routine and a full life experience. At the same time, the artist turns to video to record the actions and interventions that she undertakes in diverse contexts (public spaces, uninhabited sites, etc.) as a way of sharing with others.
Her work is dedicated to understanding our immediate universe and the transformations it undergoes over time. This has led her to think and analyze how all the things that we are used to (cities, objects, cultural imaginaries of all kinds) change with the passing of the years. Her aesthetic and visual analysis of these transformations takes as its point of departure the idea that the collective imaginary is a construction in the widest sense of the word, able not only to create fictions, but also to believe them.

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Švicarija–Ljubljana’s “nest of art”

On the European Cultural Heritage Days 2017, we invite you to join us in Tivoli Park at the Švicarija Creative Centre for a lecture on the history of this historic building and guided tour of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion.

Saturday, 30 September, 11.00–13.00, Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free

The history of the so-called Švicarija will be presented by Tatjana Adamič and Aleksandra Renčelj Škedelj, conservators of the Ljubljana Unit of the Slovenian Cultural Heritage Protection Institute (ZVKDS), which also actively participated in the renovation of the building.

The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion in the company of art historian Gregor Dražil

The Little Biennial Dwarf Children's Corner is open during the guided tour. We provide creative art animation combined with day care, and are counting the days to the start of school. Children and accompanying adults are invited to join us free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

 

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

Trapped in perception?
Public guided tour of the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion, conducted by Hana Ostan Ožbolt
Tuesday, 26 September, at 5 pm, guided tour starts at MGLC

In the search for an answer to the question of how art can be approached differently, this year's 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts introduced certain innovations: the exhibition without the central figure of the curator, the process of selecting the participating artists was taken over by the artists themselves, and instead of a concept, the artists were confronted with the poem by Jure Detela Birth as Criterion, which served as a way of stimulating a response from the artists.

Hana Ostan Ožbolt will present those art projects in the guided tour that she thinks particularly emphasize the experimental structure of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Hana Ostan Ožbolt graduated in Comparative Literature and German Studies, and is currently completing her master's degree in the Department of Art History. She was part of the 15th generation of the School for Curators and Critics of Contemporary Art. She now writes occasionally and works within the field of contemporary art between Ljubljana and Berlin.

The Little Biennial Dwarf Children's Corner is open during the guided tour. We provide creative art animation combined with day care, and are counting the days to the start of school. Children and accompanying adults are invited to join us free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

This week at the Biennial

Film projection
Kenji Mizoguchi: Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari, 1953),
Wednesday 20 September at 8 pm,
The Slovenian Cinematheque (Miklošičeva 28)

Workshop for young pepople 14+
Experimental animated film
Thursday, 21 September, 16.30–19.30,
Švicarija Creative Centre

Public guided tours of the exhibition Maria Bonomi: Printmaking Forever (Jakopič Gallery)
Saturday, 23 September, at 16.30,
in the English language
Sunday, 24 September, at 16.30,
in the Slovenian language

The 32 Biennial of Graphic Arts on a guest visit in Prague
Saturday, 23 September, Prague (Czech Republic)
We are being hosted at the Ljubljana presentation of the architect Jožef Plečnik in the Czech capital.


Kenji Mizoguchi: Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari, 1953),