The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

16. 6.–29. 10. 2017

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts is open until 5 November.

The 32nd edition of the Biennial of Graphic Arts, in collaboration and in co-production with many partners, once again delivers an extensive array of exhibitions and events. The main exhibition entitled Birth as Criterion, which will be on display at MGLC (Tivoli Mansion) and in the newly renovated Švicarija Creative Centre, was this time subjected to an interesting experiment through which the main Biennial exhibition was gradually drawn up in its selection of artists. A simple mechanism was used: the recipients of the Grand Prize of the past five Biennial editions – Jeon Joonho (2007), Justseeds (2009), Regina José Galindo (2011), María Elena González (2013) and Ištvan Išt Huzjan (2015) – were invited to propose one artist to participate in this year's event. These artists were then invited to nominate the next five participating artists. The process consisted of five more rounds and at the end, the 32nd Biennial was supplied by the names of about thirty participating artists. By doing so, the thirty-second Biennial edition sets a transgressive moment for its biennial starting point, aiming to radically transform – not only the content of the event, but also its structure. This is already suggested by its title Birth as Criterion, which alludes to the poem of modernist twentieth century poet Jure Detela – a poem that provided the surge for self-reflection, which the Biennial has subjected itself to. Or in other words, even when the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts rejects the framework of a thematic exhibition, it stems from a poem. Yet, this is such that it resists to provide a leading theme to the exhibition, but calls for a break with its radical questioning of all polarity. The break introduced by Jure Detela's poem resonates in the rhizomatic structure of this year's Biennial, which – without the central figure of the curator – instead functions as an entity that produces its own self. By leaving its comfort zone, whether in terms of biennial tradition or established protocols of conceiving contemporary art exhibitions, Birth as Criterion foregrounds a diversity of relationships – a multiplicity that does not possess a single common concept, but instead exists as a continuous flow of meaning, offering a multitude of potential connections and interactions among the artworks.

In addition to the main exhibition Birth as Criterion (MGLC, Švicarija and ŠKUC Gallery), the thirty-second Biennial also presents the traditional exhibition of the winner of the Grand Prize of the previous Biennial, this time Ištvan Išt Huzjan, a presentation of work by Peter Gidal, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 31st Biennial, a project by the winner of the Audience Award of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Meta Grgurevič, a Maria Bonomi retrospective at the Jakopič Gallery, as well as a vibrant discursive programme with an international symposium. As far as other projects are concerned, there is also the international billboard project a good neighbour in cooperation with the Istanbul Biennial, the book presenting the work of Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik, as well as the print portfolio of the artists included in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts on display at the Kresija Gallery.

 

Biennial TOP 10 Guided tours

11. 7. at 19.00: in English and Slovene (in front of Švicarija Creative Centre)
18. 7. at 19.00: in Italian and Slovene (in front of Švicarija Creative Centre)
25. 7. at 19.00: in German and Slovene (in front of Švicarija Creative Centre)
1. 8. at 17.00: in English and Slovene (in front of MGLC)
8. 8. at 17.00: in German and Slovene (in front of MGLC)
15. 8. at 17.00: in Slovene (in front of MGLC)
22. 8. at 17.00: in English and Slovene (in front of MGLC)

Artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts

Michelle Andrade / Leo Junsuk Bang / Stephanie Brooks / Erica Ferrari / Riley Harmon / Jarrett Key / Jon Key /
Eric Khoo / Gabriel Kuri / Moon Kyungwon / Jelsen Lee Innocent / Carlos Monroy / Ebecho Muslimova /
Christopher Myers / Asuka Ohsawa / Alejandro Paz / Josse Pyl / Alberto Rodríguez Collía / Gabriel Rodríguez Pellecer / Kaitlynn Redell / Mario Santizo / Jennifer Schmidt / Slavs and Tatars / Johanne Teigen / Nora Turato / Jess X. Snow / Oli Watt

Biennial collective: Irena Borić, Miklavž Komelj, Yasmín Martín Vodopivec, Nevenka Šivavec, Breda Škrjanec, Lili Šturm, Vladimir Vidmar, Asta Vrečko, Božidar Zrinski

 

THE VOID PRINT PORTFOLIO (16. 6.–6. 7. 2017)

The concept of the print portfolio is based on the Biennial's structure, as the invited artists are the representatives of the five groups that were formed within the rhizomatic structure of the Biennial. The Void questions the conditions and implications of the situation in which artists find themselves upon being asked to invite another artist.

Artists: Jarrett Key, Moon Kyungwon, Ebecho Muslimova, Alberto Rodríguez Collía and Jennifer Schmidt
Curator: Tevž Logar
Venue: Kresija Gallery

 
Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.


THIS IS NOT A NAME (16. 6.–16. 7. 2017)

THIS IS NOT A NAME is an exhibition that raises questions on how to think about art outside the protocols of contemporary art. It seeks to provide a fresh perspective on the experimental format of this year's Biennial, while at the same time insisting on works that can not be fully captured by any context.

Artists: Anonimus Artist, 1st century AD, Viktor Bernik, Dragica Čadež, Karel Destovnik - Kajuh, Jure Detela, Athanasius Kircher, Marko Pogačnik, Marko Ristić & Koča Popović, Tomaž Šalamun 
Curators: Miklavž Komelj, Yasmín Martín Vodopivec, Nevenka Šivavec and Vladimir Vidmar
Venue: Škuc Gallery


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

Exhibitions of award recipients

IŠTVAN IŠT HUZJAN: MEASURES (16. 6.–17. 9. 2017)

The recipient of the Grand Prize of the previous Biennial sets out to consider journeys in the exhibition, where the motif of walking remains a constancy in the artist’s questioning of the social system and relations between individuals. The second part of the exhibition, on the other hand, presents pieces made in the haven of the artist's studio, which are interwoven into the narrative of his recording of reality.

Curator: Alenka Gregorič
Co-production: MGML – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Venue: City Art Gallery Ljubljana
 

  
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

 
Meta Grgurevič: SILENZIO, ETERNAL LOOPHOLES AND BRAIDED LINES (16 JUNE 2017)

The recipient of the Audience Award of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts presents herself with a project in which sculpture and its movement expand into performance. Through a choreography, the individual parts – gestures, sound and the spoken word – assemble themselves and pass into a state of harmony.

Curator: Michele Drascek
Artistic overview and text: JAŠA
Choreography: Sanja Nešković Peršin
Music: BOWRAIN
Co-producer: Slovene National Opera and Ballet Theatre
Venue: Švicarija Creative Centre


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

PETER GIDAL: EXHAUSTED MEANING (16. 6.–29. 10. 2017)

The Lifetime Achievement Award of the previous Biennial was given to film director Peter Gidal. The exhibition Exhausted Meaning pays tribute to Gidal’s experimental film practice and documents his several decades-long interest in the work processes that lead to the final appearance of every film.

Films: Room (Double Take), 1967; Upside Down Feature, 1967–1972; Epilogue, 1968; Clouds, 1969; Focus, 1971; Guilt, 1988; Flare Out, 1992; No Night No Day, 1997; Assumption, 1997; Coda 1, 2013; Coda 2, 2013
Curator: Irena Borić
Venue: Švicarija Creative Centre


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

Other projects:

Maria Bonomi: PRINTMAKING FOREVER (16. 6.–29. 10. 2017)

The work of Maria Bonomi establishes printmaking as a means of expression, where paper is no longer a physical boundary of a medium, but serves as an endless source for experimentation. She skilfully creates contrasts between the intrepid abstract image in strong colours, and the thin fine rice paper which colours filter through, creating transparent colour veils.

Curators: Barbara Savenc and Breda Škrjanec
Co-producer: MGML – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Jakopič Gallery
Venue: Jakopič Gallery


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

 
Alejandra Pizarnik: NIGHT SINGER

The book Night Singer contains a greater part of Alejandra Pizarnik's poetic oeuvre, the piece of prose entitled The Blood Countess, as well as her statements about her own poetry. The book also includes some previously unpublished material: drawings and a self-presentation, which she wrote in her letters to Djuna Barnes.

Edited by: Miklavž Komelj
Translated by: Nada Kavčič and Miklavž Komelj
Accompanying essays: Nada Kavčič, Miklavž Komelj and Yucef Merhi
Cover: Yucef Merhi

 
A GOOD NEIGHBOUR – INTERNATIONAL BILLBOARD PROJECT (JULY–AUGUST)

This year's 15th Istanbul Biennial entitled a good neighbour has been presenting its international billboard project with the theme of a good neighbour since February 2017 across many of the world's cities. Now, the project is also being hosted by the Biennial in Ljubljana.

Location: TAM-TAM city billboards


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

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

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NATAŠA BERK: 1ST UNLIMITED EDITION

2. 4.–19. 5. 2019

Opening:
2 April, at 7 pm
Švicarija

The exhibition is part of the year-long programme of Švicarija, which in 2019 focuses on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the right of the public to information in pursuit of the slogan community, art and nature. The participating artists question the credibility of images and their meanings at a time of the oversaturation with visual impulses and analyse the ambiguity of media messages on the world wide web.

The spatial intervention by Nataša Berk and the group of artists at Švicarija presents their diverse visual production, which usually takes place in the virtual space of the world wide web and social networks. On this occasion, it has moved into a physical space. Together, they explore the phenomenology of the image within public circulation and its impact on the perception of reality. In ironic ways, they address the norms of the advertising industry, the tendencies of the mass media, voyeurism and the social convention of the individual’s appearance. Thus, works devoted to the consideration of the nature of the image in everyday life are presented as part of the exhibition. In such a way, photographs, videos and collages open up the questions of understanding visual culture in an era when the public space has become saturated with contents and images, questions about the manipulation of the image and the ambivalence of its meanings.    

Curator: Miha Colner


Photo: Nataša Berk.

ANNOUNCING the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

7. 6.–29. 9. 2019

Curator:
art collective Slavs and Tatars
31 artists on 9 venues in Ljubljana

Crack Up – Crack Down will take an expansive view of the genre of satire today, featuring works by historical and contemporary international artists, as well as interventions by activists, new media polemicists, performances by stand-up comedians, and others. For the 33rd edition of the Biennial, Slavs and Tatars consider ‘the graphic’ not as a medium, but as an agency. They question how graphic language engenders a form of infra-politics via irony and ridicule as a particularly resilient and contemporary form of critique. Purported to speak truth to power, satire has proven itself to be a petri dish in a world of post-truth bacteria

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POVEZUJEM/TIVOLI CREATIVE CIRCLE

The PovezujeM/Tivoli Creative Circle
programme
, which is organised by the museums around Tivoli Park, will take place again during the summer holidays.

Two time-frames are available:
8–12 July and 26–30 August,
from 8 am to 4 pm. 

Further details will be available soon!

You can pre-book your place by writing to: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si

Part of the circle: National Museum of Slovenia, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Contemporary History, National Gallery of Slovenia and International Centre of Graphic Arts.

Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s and Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

22. 3.–19. 5. 2019

GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION

Tuesday, April 23, at 5.30 pm
in English
at 5 pm in Slovenian

Admission for the exhibition, the guided tour is free.
Conducted by the co-author of the exhibition Gregor Dražil, Museum Information Officer.

Warmly welcome!


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Family fold’r 

Dear families, you are kindly invited to explore the MGLC gallery!
We have again prepared the Family fold’r for you, which you receive free of charge when you purchase a family ticket to view the exhibition.
This time, some curious cards are waiting for you inside, and they need to find their places in the gallery with your help and the help of your children.

Good luck!

Exhibition's symposium
Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

Wednesday, 15 May, 14.30–19.00, 
International Centre of Graphic Arts

Symposium timeline
14:00 Gregor Dražil: An Outline of Collaboration between Japan and Slovenia in the Area of Printmaking
*14:40 Bert Winther-Tamaki: The Wood Aesthetic of the “Creative Prints” Movement of Japan, 1945 to 1965
15:20 Wiktor Komorowski: From Washi to Politics: Printmaking and the Cold War Japonisme
16:00–16:20 Break
16:20 Marjeta Ciglenečki: Forma Viva in Slovenia and Japanese Artists
17:00 Noriaki Sangawa: The Japanese Art Group Ryu and Its Collaboration with the Slovenian Moderna galerija and the Biennial of Graphic Arts

Visiting lecture
*Bert Winther-Tamaki: What Happens to Contemporary Art Made in Japan When Exhibited Outside of Japan?
*The lecture will take place on Monday, 13 May, at 18:00 at the Faculty of Arts, room 343. The lecture is co-organised by the Department of Art History.

The symposium will be held in English.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

opening:
Friday, March 22, at 6 pm

The exhibition is made up of two sections. The first, bearing the title Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s, is dedicated to Japanese printmaking of the 1970s and was organised by the Japan Foundation, while the second, the documentary section, is entitled Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration and has been prepared by the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

The travelling exhibition Photographic Images and Matter, with a selection of the most representative artists, presents the orientations within Japanese printmaking of the 1970s, which was the golden age of the print medium in Japan. The curator of the exhibition Kyoji Takizawa has made an attractive selection of artists, who have received many awards within the international arena and form the core of the modernist and avant-garde scene of the 1970s.

The documentary exhibition Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration, on the other hand, illuminates one of the many socio-artistic chapters tied to the history of the Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. Through the selection of pictorial, archival, photographic and other material, it aims to show the communication between the geographically and politically disparate countries as part of an ambitious international art event like the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. Exhibition authors are Nevenka Šivavec and Gregor Dražil.

The exhibition is accompanied by an international symposium under the same title, taking place in the month of May.

Exhibition design: Ivian Kan Mujezinović and Mina Fina.


Tetsuya Noda: Diary, September 11, '68 (woodcut and silkscreen).