Tivoli mansion

Tivoli Mansion is the oldest building in the area of today’s Tivoli Park. It connects to the city through the Jakopič Promenade, which was widened in the 1930s by architect Jože Plečnik, who planted a new border of trees on each side. The history of the mansion itself dates back to the 13th century, when a tower stood over the current location, which was demolished in 1442 by the Counts of Celje in the battles with the Austrian Emperor Frederick III to gain power over Ljubljana. Baron George Apfaltrern had a new court built on the present location, which was purchased in 1601 by the Ljubljana Jesuits and replaced with a new mansion building. The Jesuits purchased the neighbouring plots of land and the surroundings of the mansion became a pleasant promenade, whereas the natural amphitheatre behind the building was used to stage plays by the Jesuit students. When the Jesuit Order was dissolved in 1775, the mansion became the summer residence of the Ljubljana Bishop. Later it was passed on into the hands of the Provincial Estates and served as a hospital, warehouse and army barracks, which severely damaged the building. Emperor Franz Joseph had the mansion restored in May 1853 and gave it to Marshal Radetzky and his wife for lifelong use. Radetzky renovated the surroundings and opened the park to the public, for which the grateful people granted him honorary citizenship in 1882 and erected a statue in front of the mansion. The fountain with the statue of a boy that is so famous in Slovenia today was erected in the park in April 1870, and this was probably also the time when the striking four large bronze dogs without tongues by Anton Dominik Fernkorn were also installed on the steps in front of the mansion. At this point investments into the mansion ceased. Initially, city officials were housed in the mansion, and then tenants after the Second World War, who lived there until 1986, when renovation work began on the building for the opening of the International Centre of Graphic Arts. The Tivoli Mansion building is listed as a protected monument.

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ART EXCURSION: BELGRADE AND MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ

17–19 January 2020

Excursion programme

A retrospective exhibition by performance icon Marina Abramović is on view at the Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU). The show entitled The Cleaner is the artist’s first major exhibition in her hometown after 44 years. More than 120 works are on display, ranging from photographs, films, paintings, objects and installations, to a unique collection of performance pieces. The exhibition follows all the stages of Marina Abramović’s art oeuvre chronologically, from her early works, joint performances with Ulay, her partner in art and life at the time, to her solo performances. The artist is the only one of the generation of radical performers from the 1970s to be still engaged in performance art. For her, this is the art of transformation, the art of “purification”, which brings the possibility of change. We will also take a look at Belgrade and its major cultural institutions, including the exhibition The Nineties: A Dictionary of Migration at the Museum of Yugoslavia.
 

The 2019 Turner Prize

This year’s winners of The 2019 Turner Prize include the artists Oscar Murillo and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, who participated in the 31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts (Over you/you, 2015, curated by Nicola Lees) and the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial ( 2019, curated by Slavs and Tatars). In addition to Murillo and Hamdan, artists Helen Cammock and Tai Shani also received the award. During a time of global political crisis, the artists decided to take up a stance of solidarity and set up a collective, with the prize being shared among them. This is how their decision was stated:

“At a time of political division in Britain and conflict in much of the world, the artists wanted to use the occasion of the Turner Prize to make a strong statement of community and solidarity and have formed themselves into a collective.”

Congratulations!


Oscar MuriloDe marcha, ¿una rumba?... no, solo un desfile
con ética y estética
(2015).
31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, installation view at Moderna galerija.
Photo: Jaka Babnik.


Lawrence Abu Hamdan
The All-Hearing (digital video, 2014).
33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana, installation view at MGLC.
Photo: Jaka Babnik.

Exhibition Impressions: Animated Film Workshop

Exhibition Impressions: Animated Film Workshop

In collaboration with the Slon Society.

Saturday, 14 September, 10.00–16.00

Where: Meeting point at the MGLC reception – Tivoli Mansion (Tivoli Park) at 10.00

The workshop is suitable for young people aged 9+ and is free of charge.

The number of participants is limited, advance booking is required.

 

What are all the things that art can tell us in an exhibition?

We will listen to some interesting stories about sea dwellers, dark cities and the Mediterranean, why we love ice cream and comfortable armchairs, what a mobile print is and what a book that is not a book looks like, what it means to be socially responsible and what the music of a birch tree sounds like. Tina Boc will take us around the exhibition From the Biennial Prize Winners Collection: Shifts in the Canon.

The tour will be followed by a stop-motion animation workshop (filming image by image).

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

Pre-festive workshop making New Year greeting cards

Thursday, 12 December, from 5 pm to 8 pm

Do you already have an idea for a New Year greeting card to which you just need to add your very own good wishes with the upcoming end to the year? At the International Centre of Graphic Arts, we are getting ready to make some unique festive greeting cards in December and share some time in a pleasant pre-holiday atmosphere. Participants will first make a sketch of a festive motif, which will then be printed in the screen-printing technique. Printmaking master Slavko Pavlin will be on hand to help. All participants are advised to plan the motif that they would like to create before the workshop so that more time can be spent on the actual making during the workshop.

The workshop is suitable for all generations and no prior knowledge is required.

It will take place at the MGLC Print Studio.

Advance bookings must be made by writing to marketing@mglc-lj.si or calling +386 1 241 38 08.

The workshop is free for the members of the Friends of the Biennial Club. The number of places is limited.

Warmly invited!