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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Watch out! Wet print! #5 freštreš

freštreš: ČŠŽ

4. 7.–8. 8. 2017

opening event: Tuesday, 4 July,
at 5 pm

the TAM-TAM Street Gallery at Vegova (opposite Glasbena matica)

The freštreš art collective has prepared three posters, which are interlinked by the concept of the generational evolution of the style of video games over the last four decades. Each of the posters explores one of the three typical periods of the formation of the "covers" and "screenshots" of the games during this time interval. The first poster covers the period of pixel art of the 1980s and 1990s. The second poster passes into the awkward phase of the "low poly" models of the 1990s and is especially inspired by the "anime" art of the time. The third poster explores and caricatures the hyper-realistic three-dimensional renders of modern consoles.  

The project entitled ČŠŽ explores the aesthetic values of the mentioned periods and plays with the social context of design and illustration through a recognizable humorous and critical freštreš approach.

freštreš: Beyond, we go.

32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

Guided tours for the main exhibition of the32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

July–August

Biennial TOP 10

Guided tours of selected Biennial works, concerts, reading, printing workshops.
One-hour-long guided tours of selected works of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion.
Free admission with a Biennial ticket or the Urbana tourist card.

The concerts, reading and printing workshops are free of charge.

July
Tuesday, 18 July

19.00–20.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and Italian language, Švicarija Creative Centre
20.00–21.00: Summer at MGLC, concert: Teo Collori and Metod Banko, poetry put to music, MGLC

Tuesday, 25 July
19.00–20.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and German language, Švicarija Creative Centre
20.00–21.00: Summer at MGLC, concert: The TAH and Le Baron, pop, MGLC

August
Tuesday, 1 August

17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and English language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: recounting stories and poetry with printing workshop for small prints, prints on t-shirts, bags and stickers. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre

Tuesday, 8 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and German language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: recounting stories and poetry with printing workshop for small prints, prints on t-shirts, bags and stickers. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre

Tuesday, 15 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and Italian language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: recounting stories and poetry with printing workshop for small prints, prints on t-shirts, bags and stickers. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre 

Tuesday, 22 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and English language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: recounting stories and poetry with printing workshop for small prints, prints on t-shirts, bags and stickers. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre 

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

32ND BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS: BIRTH AS CRITERION

This week at the Biennial

New:
Poetry Point of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts

Konzorcij Book and Stationery Store, July–August

The book island, dedicated to the poet Jure Detela, presents books that correspond to his thought and view of art. The selection was prepared by Miklavž Komelj.

Tuesday, 18 July

19.00–20.00: Biennial TOP 10: guided tour in the Slovenian language (conducted by art historian Gregor Dražil) and in the Italian language (by cultural studies expert and comic strip artist Bojan Albahari), Švicarija Creative Centre
20.00–21.00: Summer at MGLC: concert: Teo Collori and Metod Banko, poetry put to music, MGLC

Maria Bonomi: Printmaking Forever
Public guided tours of the exhibition
Saturday, 22 July, at 16.30, in the English language
Sunday, 23 July, at 16.30, in the Slovenian language