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.

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

Švicarija –Ljubljana’s “nest of art” 

In 1835, the Ljubljana Kazina Society opened a guesthouse on the hill above Tivoli Mansion, which became known as Švicarija (Ger. Schweizerhaus). In 1909, the guesthouse, which today remains in memory only on old postcards, was replaced by Hotel Tivoli, built following the plans of the famous Ljubljana architect Ciril Metod Koch. Hotel Tivoli soon became a gathering place for the bohemians, artists and citizens of Ljubljana, and on 1st May, also the workers. Until the very end of the First World War, the hotel offered walkers and visitors a comfortable respite and an opportunity for tasty refreshments. After the October Revolution, it was settled by Russian immigrants. Even before the Second World War, artists worked in Švicarija, the most famous of which was the sculptor Ivan Zajec, who created the Prešeren monument in Ljubljana. After the Second World War, many other well-known Slovenian artists resided and created there, until 2012, when the last one moved out due to a complete planned renovation of Švicarija. Today, the renovated Švicarija Creative Centre houses about twenty residential work studios meant for Slovenian artists working in Ljubljana as well as residing artists from abroad. The renovated Švicarija is managed by the International Centre of Graphic Arts, whose home is located in Tivoli Mansion. Both buildings together form a new cultural, educational and social centre in Tivoli Park, which is also this year's host to the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion.

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 lecture and 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.

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Pri Zlatem stegnu (Nataša and Katja Skušek): Unicorns Come and Unicorns Go

7. 11.–4. 12. 2017

opening event:
Tuesday, 7 November, at 5 pm
the TAM-TAM Street Gallery at Vegova (opposite Glasbena matica)

Pri Zlatem stegnu, they play about with taste. In fact, they play about with the taste for food and the taste for art.
Pri Zlatem stegnu is an art project by Nataša and Katja Skušek, which has been ongoing since 2004 in various forms, from spatial installations, to video works, objects, photo-collages, fine art graphic prints, drawings and performances. The project brings the questions related to food preparation and eating as the basic human need to the forefront in a humorous and light manner. 


Pri Zlatem stegnu: Unicorns Come and Unicorns Go.

Upcoming exhibition

Boris Jesih: Connections

30. 11. 2017–11. 3. 2018

Boris Jesih (1943) established himself as an artist at the end of the 1960s as part of the expressive figuration circle of painters. Under the influence of pop art, he responded to the characteristics of the spirit of the time with his geometric transformation of everyday objects, later also turning predominantly to landscape. As a printmaker, he excels in the techniques of relief printing and flat printing, with superior results in colour lithography. As a prize winner of the 13th International Biennial of Graphic Arts in 1979 (special prize for a young artist), he attracted attention with his series of lithographs, a set of which is part of the MGLC collection. Beside the lithographs, the retrospective exhibition also presents drawings, paintings and photographs, which highlight the connections between his creative process and his works. 

Boris Jesih: A Doors (1983, color lithography).

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

THE PRIZES OF THE 32ND BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

The Grand Prize winner of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts is Alejandro Paz, for the work Hypodermic (2017, intervention), the work was made for the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

The recipient of the Research Residency Award is Carlos Monroy, for the work Baphomet. One single birth made incarnate. (2017, performance and video installation), the work was made for the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

The jury of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts:
Anne Barlow, Mike Cooter, Bige Örer in Maruša Sagadin.

The recipient of the Audience Award of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts is american artist Christopher Myers, for the work Detritus of Dreams (2016).


Alejandro Paz: Hypodermic (2017).
Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.