EU projects
 

Perennial Biennial


Perennial Biennial
 

Partners in the project:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art

Bergen Assembly

Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA)

Duration: 2018–2022

Description of the project: Europe witnesses significant political and cultural changes regularly putting the cohesion of European countries and actors at risk. This unrest has brought about an urgency and desire for closer collaboration in the arts. The Perennial Biennial is a partnership of five European Contemporary Art Biennials working together to develop and explore sustainable models for perennial practices in the biennial field. 

The Perennial Biennial runs as a year-round collaboration and aims to challenge and further the field of biennial practice and strengthen European biennial collaboration across five partners in Germany, Latvia, Slovenia, Norway and the UK and in partnership with the International Biennial Association (IBA). Liverpool Biennial, Berlin Biennial, RIBOCA, MGLC and Bergen Assembly are working together on this programme for four years from september 2018 until september 2022.

The project will support research, writing and the formulation of new narratives in the biennial field through collaborative working, staff exchanges and the sharing of expertise and models for sustainable practice. Its aim is to create a dynamic European platform of exchange which will strengthen the contemporary Art sector at global, European and local level.

The project is supported by Creative Europe which is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors.
 

Creative Europe

 

Printmaking for Everyone

Programme: ERASMUS+

Duration: 2019–2020

Partner: Cork Printmakers

In cooperation with the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS)

The Printmaking for Everyone project includes an educational visit to a workplace abroad as its main activity and is implemented under the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 1 – learning mobility for individuals. It runs from June 2019 to June 2020 and covers a 14-day training visit by three MGLC employees to the partner fine art printmaking studio Cork Printmakers in Cork, Ireland.

Printmaking for Everyone is conceived as a project that upholds connections with the contents and activities of the Print Studios at MGLC, as well as the education programmes within fine art printmaking and printing techniques for a variety of target groups and orientations. The aim of the project is to exploit the potential of synergy held by MGLC within fine art printmaking, to promote graphic creativity and skill, to cooperate with recognised experts in the field of art printing, to establish work placements for specific professional profiles and above all to establish long-lasting cooperation with local and foreign institutions that can contribute support to our institution.

We decided to collaborate with Cork Printmakers since they act as catalysts for ideas and dialogue in their environment and we are confident that this kind of knowledge can also be transferred to the local environment of Ljubljana and further afield nationally. A strong point of contact is also the synergy of the long-term goals of international collaboration (mobility of masters, programmes, artists and exhibitions).
 

         

 

Cooperation of 4 biennials: LEISURE, DISCIPLINE AND PUNISHMENT

Partners in the project:

Contour Mechelen, Biennial for Moving Image, Belgium
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden
Liverpool Biennial, The UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, United Kingdom
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of the project: 2012−2014

Description of the project: Part of 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts' Programme is Leisure, Discipline and Punishment project. By premiere presentation of eight artworks Biennial is promoting moving images.

Activities of the project: Production, presentation and promotion of artwork in the frame of all of included biennials.

Financier: Culture Programme

 

Password: Printmaking, Travelling Exhibition and Art Residencies

Partners in the project:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hablar en Arte (HEA), Madrid, Spain
Frans Masereel Centrum (FMC), Kasterlee, Belgium
Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti (MMSU), Rijeka, Croatia
Tallin Print Triennial (TPT), Tallinn, Estonia
International Print Society in Krakow (SMTG), Krakow, Poland

Duration of the project: 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2014

Description of the project: Password: Printmaking is a project funded by the European Union Culture Programme, involving six European institutions whose work is dedicated to the research, promotion, collection and/or production of modern and contemporary graphic printing and art publications. The project coordinator is MGLC. The project has been stimulated by the different views on contemporary printmaking and the attempts to promote its popularisation and evaluation within the field of contemporary art practices.

The main objectives of the project are: to contribute to the greater visibility of contemporary European art printmaking and reproducible artistic practices related to print, to allow artists to create and become known outside their national environments, to contribute to a better visibility of the international institutions dedicated to the promotion, production, collection and education in the field of the graphic arts, to produce a creative dialogue between artists, experts, institutions and audiences, to contribute to the circulation of artworks across Europe, and to consolidate the theoretical bases for the evaluation of the contemporary graphic arts.

Activities of the project: The partners in the project will implement the set objectives through various activities, which will be devoted to fans of printmaking as well as those who deal with it professionally. During the course of the project, meetings will be held for the project co-organizers, residencies for artists and curators (16), a staff exchange programme in the field of the graphic arts (6), workshops and events, a travelling exhibition and an international conference. Activities will be taking place at various locations in the six European countries. The travelling exhibition’s first stop will be at MGLC in Ljubljana. The exhibition selected by six curators will present the works of 24 artists from the EU countries taking part in the project.

Financier: Culture Programme

Artists’ Books on Tour, Artist Competition and Mobile Museum 

Partners in the project:

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, Austria
International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Museum of Decorative Arts (UPM), Prague, Czech Republic

Duration of the project: 2010–2012

Description of the project: The project partners MAK, UPM and MGLC organized an international competition on the theme of artists’ books in 2011, in order to stimulate the production and promotion of artists’ books as an art form. Partners also digitized their existing collections of artists’ books.

Activities of the project: The result of the competition was a travelling exhibition of selected works carried out as a mobile museum. 

Project funding: Culture Programme

Living Memory, Artist Publications in Europe – A Network for Indexing, Presentation and Communication 

Partners in the project:

Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Centre national de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé, Paris, France
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of the project: 2008–2010

Description of the project: The purpose of the project was to link the knowledge and practice of the partners in the field of cataloguing art publications and establish a system of guidelines that would help to further the work of all those involved in art publications.

Activities of the project: The project also included three specific exhibitions in the field of art publications. The most visible result of the project was the publication of the Manual for Artists’ Publications, Cataloguing Guidelines, Definitions and Descriptions in the English and German languages.

Financier: Culture Programme 

25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts 

Partners in the project: 

International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Kaire-Designe, Vilnius, Lithuania

Duration of the project: 2003–2005

Description of the project: The biennial curator Christophe Cherix invited American artist Allen Ruppensberg to participate in the exhibition and create interventions in the space full of artists’ books, newspapers, art ephemera and other art publications produced between 2000 and 2003. He invited independent publishers and artists from around the world to participate in the project.

Activities of the project: The partners in the project were the connecting links between the biennial and the independent publishers and artists from the East and West, whereas the biennial exhibition was transferred to Luxembourg and Vilnius as a virtual event and lecture.

The project resulted in the production of approximately 500 new publications, which have become part of the MGLC collection.

Financier: Culture Programme 2000

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ARCHIVE

You are invited to view the film "Am I a manager? Yes, I am."

Živa Škodlar Vujić, a long-time curator of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, and Mitja Rotovnik, the first director of Cankarjev dom, who professionally and personally followed the efforts of his friend Zoran Kržišnik, shared their views and memories in a short documentary about the international involvement of the Slovenian art scene. Their account takes us through the extremely dynamic period of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when Ljubljana became a cosmopolitan cultural centre. These events are illuminated from a cultural and historical perspective by Aleš Gabrič, who talks in the film about, among other things, the development of the managerial mentality in Slovenia and the importance of international cultural events, which distinguish cultural goings-on in Slovenia to this day.

From the MGLC Collection

Jo-ey Tang, The Manual
(Morava Books 14, 2012)
Collection of Art Publications

An FBI manual becomes a book of poetry, together with original microscopic and infrared images. The sculpted text is a meditation of surface and the infinitesimal space above and beneath the surface in the search for evidence.

Jo-ey Tang enacts the circulation and absence of images and objects, as well as the life cycle of ideas. The work takes on various forms of photography, video, sculpture, painting, sound, text and “self-assigned tasks”, spans over many exhibitions and is often seen as both the same and new work, in a constant process of building up and cancelling out. The publication was awarded first prize in the ROOKIE competition (June 2012, www.r-o-o-k-i-e.com), organised by City Gallery Arsenal, Poznań and Morava Publishing House.

The booklet comes in a hardback cover with 64 unpaginated pages and is offset printed in a circulation of 350 copies.

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Milton Glaser, Dylan (1966, offset)
Collection of Art Publications

The story of this poster, which was an insert on Dylan's 1967 album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, goes as follows. After suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1966, the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was bedridden and rumoured to be dead. To generate positive publicity for his forthcoming album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, CBS Records commissioned Milton Glaser to design a special poster to be included with the album. Glaser depicted the singer in profile, with his abundant curly hair rendered in saturated colours that stand out from the background. The intense, almost psychedelic colours can also be seen as the spirit of the time and the flower power generation from the second half of the 1960s.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

International Museum Day at MGLC

Tuesday, 18 May, 10.00-21.00
free of charge

You are invited to view and join in the following exhibitions and events!

Invader, Prints on Paper
10.00–18.00
The exhibition is on view at Tivoli Mansion

EVENT
17.00–18.00 
Guided tour of the exhibition: Prints on Paper, conducted by Mitja Velikonja, PhD
To take part in the guided tour, bookings must be made at: trgovina@mglc-lj.si

Sonja Vulpes, Limbo
10.00–18.00
The exhibition is on view at Tivoli Mansion

ONLINE
We have prepared a short film about the artist's creative process.

The Stojan Batič Memorial Studio
10.00–18.00
Permanent display at Švicarija

EVENT
Brane Zorman: The Spirit of the Trees | Touch
20.00
In front of Švicarija

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.