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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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/