From Biennial to Biennial

Books presentation, symposium, exhibition
28 – 30 November
International Centre of Graphic Arts and Švicarija Creative Centre

Book presentation
Nocturnal Singer (selection of works of Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972)
Selected Poems by Jure Detela (1951–1992)
Wednesday, 28 November, at 6 pm
International Centre of Graphic Arts

Symposium
The Irrational in a Biennial
Thursday, 29 November, 10 am – 6 pm
Švicarija Creative Centre
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Exhibition opening
Fair Game, Nathalie Du Pasquier, curator Kate Sutton
Friday, 30 November, at 1 pm
International Centre of Graphic Arts

The three-day event entitled From Biennial to Biennial is a postponed reflection on the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion. It is composed of a presentation of the book Nocturnal Singer by Alejandra Pizarnik and Selected Poems by Jure Detela, an international symposium, The Irrational in a Biennial that opens up questions on the traditional biennial structure and critique, and a solo exhibition by Nathalie Du Pasquier entitled Fair Game. The book presentation, symposium and exhibition as diverse mediums of perception invite reflection on the phenomenon of the biennial.

The book Nocturnal Singer brings a selection of works by the Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972). The extensive monograph contains a major part of her poetic oeuvre, the prose Bloody Countess, and the poet’s own reflection on her poetry. What makes the edition particularly special are her drawings and two unpublished letters to Djuna Barnes. The works have been selected and translated by Miklavž Komelj and Nada Kavčič, who are also the authors of the accompanying essays. A text on Alejandra Pizarnik’s relationship to colour has been contributed by artist Yucef Merhi, who is the author of the digital art prints published in the book for the first time. The publication was created as part of the project of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Jure Detela (1951–1992) was not only one of the most important poets in the Slovenian language, we have recently been discovering just how outstanding his poetry – which tried to establish new possibilities for communication between people and the “beings from foreign worlds” – is also by world measure. This printed edition, which consists of two books and is accompanied by extensive notes, includes his entire collection of poetry on 1800 pages edited by Miklavž Komelj. The vast majority of the poems and fragments have been published in this edition for the first time.

All the artists invited to participate in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion in Ljubljana received the poem Birth as Criterion by Jure Detela with the desire to trigger something along with their invitation.

The book was published by Beletrina Publishing Institute in 2018.

Nathalie Du Pasquier established herself with her striking graphics and textile prints, whereas she has focused primarily on painting since the late 1980s. The exhibition Fair Game looks for the intuitive formal links between the individual parts of her oeuvre. Assorted elements or objects appear and reappear in different compositional configurations, like a card in a deck that takes on new powers and limitations with each hand dealt. The compositions in which the artist uses the motifs from her paintings, prints, drawings and murals, transform the gallery space into a set of microenvironments that immerse the visitor.

The starting point of The Irrational in a Biennial symposium is an experiment – the process of selecting the artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion, which can be regarded as a departure from the academicism of the curatorial practices due to its hint of the irrational. The symposium will try to address the problematic nature of the biennial structure and at the same time present concrete examples of biennials that have managed to go beyond the established methods of selection. The event also acts as the announcement of the next, 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts, which will be curated by the Slavs and Tatars collective. The focal point of the biennial will be the idea of ​​satire as a distinctly visual language, with the “graphic” that marks the history of this event being understood and questioned in the broad field of the expressive, uninhibited, even lurid.

With contributions by Zasha Colah (Clark House Initiative, Bombay), Ana Dević (WHW – What, How and for Whom collective, Zagreb), Anselm Franke (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Gerardo Mosquera (independent curator and critic, Madrid), Christian Oxenius (freelance curator, author and researcher, Athens), Viktorija Rybakova (artist and architect, Brussels), Slavs and Tatars (artists, curators of the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts), Nevenka Šivavec (director, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), Vladimir Vidmar (curator, ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana) and ŠUM (art theory collective, Ljubljana).

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Summer Museum Night at MGLC

Summer Museum Night at MGLC!

Saturday, 15 June, 18.00–24.00

MGLC and Švicarija, Tivoli Park

PROGRAMME:

18.00–21.00: Children’s Studio, workshops for children, Švicarija

21.00–22.00: Guided tour of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, the tour starts at MGLC; eld by Nevenka Šivavec, Director of MGLC

22.00–22.30: Stand-up performance, Jan Kreuzer, Švicarija

Admission free!

Illustration by Janja Kosi.

Opening of the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts

Satire is the main theme of this year’s 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts organised by the International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC). The opening will take place on Friday, 7 June 2019, in Švicarija (Tivoli Park). The selection of participating artists is undersigned by the Slavs and Tatars art collective, while the Biennial that bears the title Crack Up – Crack Down will be on show at nine venues across Ljubljana and will be open till the end of September. The main exhibition will be held in the spaces of MGLC and in the nearby Švicarija. The works of individual artists will be displayed at the National Gallery of Slovenia, National and University Library (NUK), Equrna Gallery, ZVKDS Gallery, ISIS Gallery, DUM Project Space and at the DobraVaga exhibition space. The exhibition of the Grand Prize recipient of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts will be on view at the Plečnik House, where the artist will present his architectural intervention, The Garden of Epicurus.

The Biennial will include artists that come from Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, China, Iran, Great Britain and the USA, who use their own unique graphic languages as part of a range of diverse practices. They wish to stimulate the emergence of highly resilient and topical forms of criticism or infra-politics through irony and ridicule. Besides the historical part, the exhibition will also present the works of contemporary artists, including the interventions of various activists and new-media polemicists, as well as the performances of stand-up comedians and others.

The exhibition will be enriched by a series of accompanying events and the Crack Up – Crack Down publication that will, in addition to presenting the satirical and graphic practices, include the contributions of well-known experts and academicians, and will introduce the reader to the subject and guide him through it.

PROGRAMME: Opening of The 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts

You are cordially invited to attend the opening of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts on Friday, 7 June 2019, at 18.00 at Švicarija, Tivoli Park in Ljubljana with the Slon in Sadež duo.

PROGRAMME

18.00
The Biennial will be opened by 
Nevenka Šivavec, Director of MGLC 
Zoran Poznič, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
Tjaša Ficko, Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana

Presentation of the Grand Prize of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. 

19.00
Concert
Being Out of Tune – Favourite Songs of my Neighbours, Abusers and Despots, 2019
Augustin Maurs
Also performing:
Igor Feketija
Leon Firšt
Peter Firšt

20.00
Stand-up comedy:
Boštjan Gorenc aka Pižama (Slovene) Marina Orsag (Croatian)
Dragoș Cristian (English)
hosted by Anja Wutej (Slovene/English)

BIENNIAL OPENING DAYS

Saturday, 8 June


11.00
Saturday breakfast
ZVKDS Gallery
Trg francoske revolucije 3 
Ajdin Bašić in conversation with Branko Đurić - Đuro and presentation of Top lista nadrealista

16.00
Symposium
Moderated by Slavs and Tatars
Švicarija, Tivoli Park

16.00–17.45:
Vid Simoniti: Equality and Cynicism: Satire and Martin Krpan, Top lista nadrealista and Borat
30 min

Mohammad Salemy: Between Three Revolutions: Notes on the History of Iranian Political Satire (1900–1980) in the Age of Social Media
30 min

Arthur Fournier with Raphael Koenig: 
No More Fuchs Left to Give
30 min

18.00–19.30:
Emily Apter: Micropolitics of the Meme. How are we to understand and implement the political vocabulary of a genre of communication native to the 21st century?
30 min

keynote:
Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden/Metahaven:
Sleep Walks The Street
45 min

Sunday, 9 June

11.00
Opening of the exhibition. 
With the Celje String Orchestra.
Plečnik House, Karunova 4–6
Alejandro Paz, The Garden of Epicurus
Recipient of the Grand Prize of the 32nd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts

Free admission to all events.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hamja Ahsan, Pablo Bronstein, Cevdet Erek, Arthur Fournier & Raphael Koenig, Martine Gutierrez, Flaka Haliti, Stane Jagodič, Zhanna Kadyrova, Dozie Kanu, Sachiko Kazama, KRIWET, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Tala Madani, Augustin Maurs, Marlie Mul, Woody De Othello, Alenka Pirman & KULA, Amanda Ross-Ho, Lin May Saeed, Hinko Smrekar, Top lista nadrealista, Endre Tot, Anna Uddenberg, Martina Vacheva, Nicole Wermers, Giorgi Xaniashvili, XIYADIE, Honza Zamojski 

Dragoș Cristian, Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama, Marina Orsag, Pavlo Voytovich, Anja Wutej

Curators: Slavs and Tatars

EXHIBITION VENUES

The exhibition venues of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts are open from 16.00 to 18.00 on 7 June.

MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts 
MGLC – Švicarija 
National Gallery of Slovenia
National and University Library
Equrna Gallery
ZVKDS Gallery
Isis Gallery
DUM Project Space
DobraVaga
Plečnik House

More info: http://bienale.si/en/