About the biennial

The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts is one of the oldest biennials in the world. Its emergence in 1955 pinpointed Ljubljana and the visual art of Slovenia on the world map.

The Biennial is highly esteemed by international measure and is recognized as a high-quality event, whereas Slovene art has in turn become well-known outside Slovenia’s borders because of the Biennial. It is the printmakers that most widely represent Slovene art in the museums of the world, something which the Biennial contributed to, as well as inviting artists to major international exhibitions.

During its sixty years of existence, the Biennial has helped to raise the quality of Slovene artmaking. By regularly presenting the works of artists from different cultural backgrounds and artistic environments, it has had an impact on local goings on. It also greatly contributed to the formation of the Ljubljana school of graphic arts and those art pieces that represent the highlights of classic printmaking production. The Biennial took shape during a period when printmaking and its reproductive techniques grasped perfectly the disposition of art and society in general. That was precisely the time when pop art was coming to the fore in Great Britain and in the United States. Post-war capitalism, consumer society and the loose division between so-called high and low culture greatly affected the production of art. Art became an object of consumerism, yet another product on the supermarket shelf, placed next to the cans of soup, where Andy Warhol had put it. In this climate, the Biennial made a head start in becoming one of the world’s renowned art events. As the oldest manifestation of this type, it has also encouraged the emergence of similar types of events around the world.

Between the ends of the seventies and the eighties, the currents in the art world changed. The focus was again placed on the so-called originality of the artist’s hand, which pushed printmaking as a mass production technique into the background, whereas the events of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts went through a period of crisis. The nineties re-established art inclined towards printmaking, which held an interest for the attributes of post-industrial society, environmental awareness, political correctness in various scopes and its communicative capacities. And so the International Biennial of Graphic Arts once again gained prominence. After 2001, it also began to make active connections with reproductive techniques other than printmaking, such as photography, film and computer programs. The 24th Biennial in 2001 embarked on the process of revitalization, checking the structure, organization, attitude towards the local and international public, curatorship. The self-reflection and questioning of its role will continue also with the biennials to follow.

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MARATHON GUIDED TOURS

Crack Up – Crack Down: Saturday, 22 June: 11.00–14.00

Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!: Saturday, 21 September, 11.00–14.00 (in European Mobility Week)

Art & Entertainment: Sunday, 29 September, 11.00–14.00 (as part of the European Heritage Days and the 2019 Cultural Heritage Week)

Starting at 11.00 at MGLC; the second meeting point for visitors to join the guided tour is at 12.30, at the National Gallery of Slovenia.

The marathon guided tours are accompanied by impro intervals in collaboration with Impro liga.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

HOW TO BE AN ARTIST AND AN ENTREPRENEUR?

6. 7. 2019,10:00–14:30

We invite you to take part in a one-day workshop:

Business School for Artists: A Creative Approach to Business Planning

The workshop programme encompasses addressing business as a creative practice, being a step ahead of others, taking into account resources, time and costs, analysis of profitability, business plan as a narrative aid, as well as conclusion and questions. The workshop is led by Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor at New York University. She completed her postgraduate studies in Management at Yale School of Management and postgraduate studies in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. She is the author of the books Museum Legs (2009) and Art of Thinking (2016).

Students and graduates of art schools and academies have priority in applying.
Participation fee: 35 EUR

Application form
Bookings: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si

Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Administration, NYU

 

 

Summer in Tivoli

In July, every Tuesday and Thursday, at MGLC and Švicarija

Tuesday concerts at 20.00, MGLC courtyard:

2 July: Duo Ponte, world music that winds among the traditions of diverse cultures
9 July: Klarisa Jovanović (feat. Igor Bezget), ethno music from the Mediterranean worlds
16 July: Tony Rose, travel blues and folk music from Scotland
23 July: Grain Hunt, a contemporary singing-songwriting treat from Ireland

A public guided tour of the Biennial will be held before the concert, starting at 18.30 at MGLC, in Slovene and English.

Thursday concerts at 21.00, Švicarija Great Hall:

4 July: Your Gay Thoughts, electronic music and audio-visual treats
11 July: Dubzilla, experimental dub fusion
18 July: BeatMyth, hybrid electro-punk and breakbeat
25 July: Bowrain, a cineastic fusion of electronic and acoustic music

Free admission to all events.

MGLC and Švicarija are open till 20.00 on Tuesdays.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Arhive: MGLC.