The International Centre of Graphic Arts is a specialized museum and producer of printed and contemporary art, based on the heritage of the Biennial of Graphic Arts and 20th century art of printing. MGLC was established on 25 December 1986 by the city of Ljubljana, upon the initiative of the longtime head of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and director of MGLC, dr. Zoran Kržišnik.
It has been the job of MGLC from the outset to perform a number of activities that are interrelated and complementary in their nature. It takes care of the extensive collection of prints and artists’ books produced after the Second World War. Works from the collection are available to view in the Study Room and are accompanied by a library accessible to the public.
The institution’s most recognizable activity is the Biennial of Graphic Arts, which is known as the world’s oldest graphic arts event.
The symbol for the Biennial of Graphic Arts was created in 1963 by Jože Brumen, and the International Centre of Graphic Arts took it as its own once it was established.
Boris Jesih: Connections
30. 11. 2017–11. 3. 2018
Public guided tour of the exhibition
Thursday, 18 January at 5 pm.: conducted by Nevenka Šivavec, Director of MGLC
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).
BOBRI – 10th Ljubljana Festival of Culture and Art Education
20. 1.–8. 2. 2018
LANDSCAPE – MISTSCAPE
How do we see the landscape?
Viewing of the exhibition and workshop at the Connections exhibition by Boris Jesih for organized groups of children from kindergarten and the first three-year age range of primary school. Conducted by Nika Rupnik. Organised by prior arrangement during the course of the festival. (some places are still available).
Connections / Animation workshop at the exhibition of Boris Jesih
Sunday, 28 January, 11.00–15.00
The workshop is intended for children over the age of 9; parents can also join in getting creative. In collaboration with the SLON Society.
(the workshop is already full)
Guided tour of the exhibition Connections by Boris Jesih
Thursday, 18 January, at 5 pm.
conducted by Nevenka Šivavec, Director of the International Centre of Graphic Arts
The tour will be an attempt to gain an insight into the understanding of the connection of the artist's work with the concurrent state of society, which is latently (rather than directly) present in Jesih's creative process.
In his vision, contemporary man is losing his original connection to nature, since the development of civilization has alienated his understanding of its secret powers, their connection as well as possession. This experience has been replaced by the artificial, culturally conditioned perception of the natural environment. Jesih visually separates nature from the viewer, doing so by placing signs – obstacles in front of the illusion of the landscape and in front of the viewer. These are the artist's internal reactions to social events, to everything that disturbs him when he gazes through the window of his studio, where nature awakens into quiet mornings, whereas the reality of people in other places on Earth is completely different. His works are witnesses and a document of today's understanding of the world and man's role in it.
Boris Jesih: Waves (1995, acrylic, egg tempera)