A FRIEND OF THE BIENNIAL receives the following benefits in 2018:

• Free admission to all exhibitions.
• Free expert excursion to the centre of Slovenia, where we will also stop at the Museum of Too Modern Art. The idea for the museum concept was born in 1998 when the works of Oliver Marčeti were returned to the artist by an eminent Ljubljana gallery with the justification that they were too modern. We will take a look at the current exhibition and the permanent exhibition of the protagonists of the Too Modern Movement in the company of the ideological head of the museum. We will then proceed to the geometric centre of Slovenia – Vače, see the replica of the famous Vače situla and other archaeological finds from the 5th and 6th centuries before Christ. Our journey will conclude at Bogenšperk Castle, where Johann Weichard von Valvasor lived and worked. He was inspired by German topographical painting in conceiving his ambitious publishing programme. Since there were no printing companies in Carniola at the time that could prepare the visual material for his planned topographic works, he set up a printmaking and copper-plate engraving workshop and printer's himself: "I was also – without bragging – the first to introduce copper-plate printing to this famous duchy. Yes, here at Bogenšperk, I made such a workshop myself in 1678, keeping copper engravers and printers with me at the castle for several years." (The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, vol. 11, p. 620)
• Viewing of a selected artist's printmaking studio.
This time, Zora Stančič has invited us to her studio. If you ask Zora Stančič whether she is a visual artist or a graphic artist, she will reply that she is a visual artist. "My work is produced in various mediums, so I say that I am a visual artist. Still, I can say that I think printmaking is the most exciting." Her works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, the Albertina in Vienna, the Fonds national d'art contemporain/National Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris and the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. She also works in other fields such as architecture, design and film.
• Pre-festive workshop making original New Year's greeting cards. The workshop is conducted by Admir Ganić, printing master.
• New Year's greeting card – a small fine art graphic print by an invited artist.
• 30% discount on all MGLC publications
• 15% discount on all workshops and courses
• 15% discount on purchases of fine art graphic prints.
• A fine art graphic print from the MGLC Print Studios upon the recommendation and signing up of a new member.
• 10% discount on the renewal of membership.
• A welcome gift when signing up.
•  12-month membership fee: 25 €
• 12-month membership fee for those aged 60 years and over, 14 years and under, pupils and students: 15 €

You can join the Club of the Friends of the Biennial of the International Centre of Graphic Arts by filling in the Membership Form and presenting your identity card and pupil/student ID card at the MGLC Ticket Office and paying the appropriate membership fee. Your Membership Card will be sent to you within 14 days of joining, or can alternatively be picked up at the MGLC Ticket Office. The membership card is valid for one year from the date of joining.

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Searching for Beauty


1. –18. 3. 2018

Opening on Thursday,
1 March, at 1 pm.

Using animation, the artists Michaela Čopíková and Veronika Obertová (working under the name of Ové Pictures have created several interactive installations that focus on the central motif of searching for beauty in new contexts. They make use of historical optical toys such as the zoetrope, flip book and diorama in their projects, transforming them into a more current interactive variation. The exhibition expresses the authors’ understanding of “new beauty”.

Curator: Mária Rišková, Design Centre in Bratislava

The exhibition is being held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Independence of the Slovak Republic and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia.

The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Tivoli Hotel between Memories and Dreams
A sensory approach to learning about cultural heritage

● Workshops take place from March to May.
● introductory sensorial workshop, Saturday 24 March,
10.00–14.00 15.00–19.00
Sunday, 25 March, 
10.00–14.00 15.00–19.00

● Summer Museum Night, 16 June, first public guided tour by the participants of the project
● Advance bookings to: or
● The closin date for application is 15 March

The art education programme includes a sensorial workshop with a final presentation for the public. In the first stage, participants are introduced into the sensory tools of communication and staging. In the second stage, we connect with the cultural heritage of Tivoli Hotel, the so-called Švicarija, which was the gathering place of the Ljubljana bourgeoisie at the beginning of the 20th century. Workshop participants explore and listen to the history of the building through various perspectives of sensory perception. In the final stage of research, visitors are taken through the originally staged snippets of its history.

Concept and implementation: Barbara Pia Jenič, founder of the Senzorium Theatre, author and director.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

Worskhop for children
The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion 

● Workshops are held on Saturdays in two parts, from March to May and from September to December.
● The final performance of The White Chrysanthemum is a synthesis of the workshops, Friday, 28 December.

The White Chrysanthemum is a work written by Ivan Cankar during his residence at Švicarija. The controversial essay is still surprisingly topical today. And what message does the author convey to the young people of today? 

The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion project consists of workshops for the production of movable sculptures (mobiles) lasting several months long, two guided tours of the workshop participants around the Švicarija Creative Centre and the concluding New Year's performance. The workshops connect several artistic disciplines and are based on various dimensions of creating.

●Concept and implementation: Barbara Bulatović, director and puppeteer.
●For children from 8 years of age and over.
●Free of charge.
●Advance bookings to

Spring part: From Image to Form
● Saturdays: 10 and 24 March, 7 and 21 April, 5 May, 10.00–14.00; concluding guided tour, Saturday, 12 May.

Through the creative process, children conceive a character of their own choice from the passages of The White Chrysanthemum. They approach their chosen character in various creative ways (visual, technological, dramaturgical and handcrafted) and produce moving figures that are similar to puppets, yet different.

Autumn part: Storyline in the Space
● Saturdays: 29 September, 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November, 10.00–14.00; concluding guided tour, Sunday, 2 December.

At the beginning of the second part, the children prepare a storyline together for The White Chrysanthemum New Year's performance. In the process of working on the interpretation of the character placed in the space, we use the manipulation, animation, dramaturgy and scenographic approach defined in the storyline.

The final performance of The White Chrysanthemum, which represents the synthesis of the year-round workshops, will be put on during the festive time, on Friday, 28 December.

The workshops are part of the Saturday Workshops programme run by RogLab, Stripburger magazine, Trajekt Institute, MGLC and the Švicarija Creative Centre.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Sculpture-making Course
Myths and Fantasy Captured in Sculpture

starting on 19 March
March–May, once a week on Mondays, 17.00–20.00 

The fantastic creatures of Damijan Kracina cruise between art, science and imagination. The notion of the fantastic is also the starting subject of the course. Participants learn about the basic principles of working with clay and produce their own original sculpture, inspired by mythology and fantasy. The course starts with a public lecture.

Conducted by: Damijan Kracina, sculptor and Švicarija Creative Centre studio user.
We accept a maximum of 8 participants.
Participation fee: 180 EUR.
Advance bookings to

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.