S. M. S.

Presentation of six S. M. S. portfolios from the MGLC collection

MGLC Study Room, September 2012–July 2013

S. M. S. comprises six volumes of a heterogeneous journal/magazine type of publication, a portfolio of multiples, a collection of artworks of various genres and mediums, a collective work and experience of artists, among whom we find some of the most important names of the 20th century. They were published by The Letter Edged in Black Press I.n.c. in 1968. 

The project’s initiator was American surrealist William N. Copley (1919–1996). Inspired by the Fluxus movement, he saw S. M. S. as an opportunity to go beyond traditional art forms and bring art closer to everyday life. The project provided the artists, who gathered in an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York, a place to work and publish a series of multiples, which they sold directly to collectors. The S. M. S. magazine was published every two months for a year. The volumes, following the art directions of pop art and dada, included different art mediums from photographs, drawings, texts to audio recordings. From the total of seventy-three artworks, most are visual and textual, and some include sound in the form of vinyl records and magnetic tape.

S. M. S. – an abbreviation for Shit Must Stop – illustrates the pulse of the 1960s, the wish of artists to be liberated from the dictates of galleries, curators, critics and individual art genres.

The S. M. S. portfolios include works by numerous artists: Christo, Marchel Duchamp, Walter de Maria, James Lee Byars, Meret Oppenheim, Ray Johnson, Man Ray, Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Roy Lichenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Dieter Roth, Richard Artschwager, etc. 

The volumes of S. M. S. magazine, which will be on view in the Study Room, are part of the MGLC collection. The curator of the present exhibition is mag. Breda Škrjanec. 

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MGLC Study Room, From Monday to Friday, 9.00–14.00. The exhibition in the Study Room is available to view by prior arrangement.

To book an appointment please call +386 (0)1 2413 805, or send an e-mail to breda.skrjanec@mglc-lj.si.

No. 1

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Contributors: Irving Petlin, Su Braden, James Lee Byars, Christo, Walter de Maria, Richard Hamilton, Kaspar Koening, Julien Levy, Sol Mednick, Nancy Reitkopf, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela

No. 2

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Contributors: Marcel Duchamp, Nicolas Calascm, Bruce Conner, Marcia Herscovitz, Alain Jacquet, Ray Johnson, Lee Lozano, Meret Oppenheim, Bernard Pfreim, George Reavey, Clovis Trouille

No. 3

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Contributors: John Battan, Aftograf, Enrico Baj, William Bryant, Dick Higgins, Joseph Kosuth, Ronnie Landfield, Roland Penrose, Man Ray, H.C. Westermann, Hannah Weiner, Terry Riley

No. 4

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Contributors: Robert Stanley, Arman, Paul Bergtold, John Cage, Hollis Frampton, On Kawara, Roy Lichtenstein, Lil Picard, Domenico Rotella, Robert Watts, Princess Winifred, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela

No. 5

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Contributors: Congo, William Anthony, Wall Batterton, William Copley, Edward Fitzgerald, Neil Jenney, Angus MacLise, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Mel Ramos, Robert Rohm, William Schwedler, Diane Wakoski, Lawrence Weiner

No. 6

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Contributors: Richard Artschwager, Ed Bereal, Dieter Roth, Betty Dodson, Ronoldo Ferri, John Giorno, Toby Mussman, Adrian Nutbeem, Claes Oldenburg, Mischa Petrov, Jean Reavey, Bernar Venet

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MGLC ŠVICARIJA: OPEN CALL FOR CRITIC-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2022

MGLC Švicarija, a creative and residential centre, in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory invites art critics and cultural journalists from international milieu to apply for a fully funded, one-month residency in Ljubljana during October 2022.

Our aim is to host an art critic or cultural journalist active in writing and publishing reviews and/or other forms of art writing in the international context, and who is interested in Ljubljana’s vibrant art scene and will produce at least 1 piece of writing (review, interview, column or essay) on selected artist(s), art exhibition(s) or art event(s) in Ljubljana over the course of the residency. The text should be published in the English language in a relevant periodical (printed or online), radio, television or personal blog. The selection will also take into account whether the applicant already has an agreement or confirmation for the publication in relevant media of the text to be produced during the one-month residency.

We invite to apply art critics and cultural journalist from international milieu (applicants from Slovenia are not eligible).

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2022.

The period of the residency: 1–31 October 2022.

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The award recipients of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts

The International Jury consisting of Lovro Japundžić, Jen Kratochvil, Sam Lackey and Poka-Yio decided that the Grand Prix of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts goes to Johannes Paul Raether.
The Jury presented the Research Residency Award to Mario Mu, who also received the Audience Award, and a Special Mention from the Jury went to the BCAA System collective.

Congratulations to all the prize winners of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts!

This Happy Day of Culture at Švicarija

Anja Jerčič Jakob: Fragile Balance

3. 12. 2021–13. 2. 2022

The exhibition will be opened on This Happy Day of Culture, 3 December, at 6 pm.

Painter and pedagogue Anja Jerčič Jakob has been working at the MGLC Švicarija residential and creative centre since 2017. In the exhibition Fragile Balance, she presents herself with two painting cycles, Field Residues (2020–2021) and Weeds (2021).

All visitors to events that will be open to the public at Tivoli Mansion and MGLC Švicarija are asked to comply with the PCT (recovered-vaccinated-tested) requirements.