Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Sunday, 6 January, 10.30–16.00
admission free

The year-long project Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature, a multifaceted exhibition with a diverse education and accompanying programme, comes to a close with the first Sunday of the new year. As the project concludes, we invite you to join us for the final festive performance by the children who have been creative as part of The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion project throughout the year (the programme is tied to the work of Ivan Cankar), a short film cycle about the artists at Švicarija, and the concluding guided tour by the author of the project and the curator of the exhibition Yasmín Martín Vodopivec.


The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion, final festive performance (film and performance)

The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion was a series of year-long workshops tied to The White Chrysanthemum by writer Ivan Cankar, who lived and worked at Švicarija for a year. By building on their expression throughout the course of the year, the children developed a maze of Cankar’s moving figures (python, crocodile, lion, monkey and acrobat) and produced a storyline for them. A short film on the subject and their activities was also made.

The performance, which will be presented to the public in the Great Hall of the Švicarija Creative Centre, will consist of the screening of the film from the workshops and the performance by the participating children.

Programme mentors: Barbara Bulatović and Paola Korošec, Aljoša Križ, Barbara Stupica and Daša Bezjak.

Films about the creative pursuits at Švicarija

Popolni torzo (Jakov Brdar) [The Perfect Torso (Jakov Brdar)]
Scriptwriter and director Helena Koder
Director of photography Andrej Lupinc
TV Slovenia, 1993
37 min

Od Kneippa do kofeta s smetanco in nazaj [From Kneipp to a Coffee with Cream and Back]
Scriptwriter and director Amir Muratović
Director of photography Bojan Kastelic
TV Slovenia, 1992
52 min

(Dotikanja) Portret Dušan Tršar [(Touching) A Portrait of Dušan Tršar]
Scriptwriter and director Ana Nuša Dragan
Director of photography Bojan Kastelic
TV Slovenia, 2005
50 min

Zapeljevanje pogleda: Lujo Vodopivec [Luring the Gaze: Lujo Vodopivec]
Scriptwriter and director Amir Muratović
Director of photography Andrej Lupinc
TV Slovenia, 2007/2010
30 min

Sculptors Karel Putrih, Ivan Zajec and Zdenko Kalin, 1951–1955
(in the studio with the draft of the monument at Urh near Ljubljana),
1955, silent, BW, 6 min
Kept by: Slovene Film Archives at the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia

Concluding guided tour of the exhibition Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature
Conducted by by the author of the project and the curator of the exhibition Yasmín Martín Vodopivec.

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Marathon Guided Tour: Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

On Saturday, 21 September, for European Mobility Week, we have prepared the themed guided tour Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!, whilst we also host the Biennial Doors Open Day.

You will be taken around the venues of this year's Biennial by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil. The meeting point for the guided tour is in front of MGLC at 11.00, and in front of the National Gallery of Slovenia at 12.30.

The tour will be accompanied by impro interventions in collaboration with Impro liga, therefore get ready for one of the more exciting guided tours so far!

P. S.: Please wear appropriate footwear (our hedgehog has also put on his trainers).

A note to visitors of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

We notify you that the exhibition of work by Hinko Smrekar The Seven Deadly Sins was on view at the National Gallery of Slovenia until the end of August. The works were exhibited as part of the Biennial and announced a major retrospective of the artist's works next year.

Photo: Jaka Babnik. Archive: MGLC.

About Unserious Science in Serious Art

Thursday, 26 September 2019, at 6 pm in the Grand Hall of Švicarija

About Unserious Science in Serious Art

Round table organised by the Kula Slovenian Ethnological and Anthropological Association

Alenka Pirman, Blaž Bajič, Rajko Muršič and Miha Horvat will join in the discussion.

At least at first glance, it seems that ethnography and satire could not be more different: the first tends towards respectfully describing ways of life, understanding the world from the point of view of the "native", striving to produce new knowledge, etc., whereas the second, makes a protest against a person, group, habit or system through more or less frank foolery. Yet both can be defined as ways of describing or portraying reality and – more than that – it could be said that both grab the truth of the phenomena under consideration in the moments of fiction, inherent to the most factual of descriptions. And if an ethnographic turn has occurred in art, then no satirical turn has taken place in ethnography or anthropology as such. The naive question arises – why? Are the reasons epistemological in nature, are ethnography and satire conceptually incompatible? Has anthropology imposed a limitation on itself for ethical reasons? Or is ethnography perhaps not interested in satire, quietly rejecting it because of its implicit political stance? At the same time, another naive question arises – what, if anything, can we learn from satire, and what, if anything, can we do with satire in a world that seems beyond satire because it is already satire itself?