SHIFTS IN THE CANON
The Nature and Significance of the Prizes Awarded by the International Juries of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts
EDITED BY Gregor Dražil
AUTHORS OF THE TEXTS Gregor Dražil, Giuseppe Marchiori, Nevenka Šivavec, Breda Škrjanec
NUMBER OF PAGES 153
LANGUAGES Slovene, English
DESCRIPTION Already with its formation in 1955, the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts established a system of awarding international prizes modelled after larger fine art events. Following a tradition that still stands today, prior to the official opening, the prominent international jury members judge the exhibited works and, after deliberation, agree upon a list of the prize winners. For a large format event, which aims to – and must – garner the attention not only of the professional but
also the general public, the opening protocol with the proclamation of the recipients of the prizes was formulated as one of the highlights of the Biennial’s activities. By the merit of the investment in advertising and media promotion, the event attracted interest, while the prizes provided the “temperament” and a certain positive tension on the exhibition opening.