Alejandra Pizarnik, Nocturnal Singer 
 

Cantora nocturna / Nocturnal Singer, in a bilingual Spanish-Slovenian edition presenting the work of the cult Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972), has answered the question as to why poetry today: “We need a space in which the impossible becomes possible.” Her entire poetic oeuvre can be read as the evocation of this transformation in the battle against opaqueness and in the desire to create “a writing thick with insufferableness, to choking, yet only made of subtle ties, that would allow the innocent coexistence of subject and object at the same level, as well as the abolition of the usual boundaries that separate me, you, he, we, you, they.”

The book was published as one of the projects of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion. The idea for it was born when Venezuelan artist Yucef Merhi, one of the pioneers of digital art in Latin America and a great enthusiast of Alejandra Pizarnik, was on the MGLC residency in Ljubljana and he met the translators of her poetry into the Slovenian language.

The editor of the book is Miklavž Komelj. In the translation of Nada Kavčič and Miklavž Komelj, Nocturnal Singer offers a representative selection of the poet’s work from all her poetry collections and from the poems that had not yet been collected into books, her essential prose Bloody Countess and notes in which she spoke about her work. What makes the edition particularly special are the unpublished letters to American writer and poet Djuna Barnes, which are published in this edition for the first time. These are followed by the essays of Miklavž Komelj, Nada Kavčič and Yucef Merhi, who also contributed seven digital art prints. In addition, the visual reproductions of the manuscripts and drawings by Alejandra Pizarnik and the drawings of Silvina Ocampo are also included.

The book has 500 pages, with 150 pages of accompanying text that opens up new views of the poet. This, and all the unpublished material, could make it interesting not only for the Slovenian but also for the Spanish-speaking audience.

The book was designed by Ivian Kan Mujezinović.


Photo: Nejc Ketiš. MGLC Archive.


Yuceef Merhi: Works and Nights (1–7), prints, produced with software, 2012.

 

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Notice of closure of MGLC and Švicarija

The International Centre of Graphic Arts and MGLC Švicarija will be closed to the public in line with the official guidelines of the National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (NIJZ) and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia in order to prevent the spreading of coronavirus (Covid-19). This provisional measure is being taken to ensure the health of visitors and museum workers. The forthcoming programme will be adapted to the situation and the recommendations of the NIJZ as they arrive.
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Photo: Katja Goljat. MGLC Archive.

Menažerija: 37 Days of Christmas

On 1 December, we opened the biggest Art Advent Calendar in Slovenia, which will take us through the December festive period!

The exhibition Menažerija: 37 Days of Christmas will surprise us every day with a new unwrapped piece of art, which will be available to view on the MGLC social networks from 1 to 24 December with just a single click. The unwrapped exhibition with all the works will be on display from 25 December up till 6 January 2021, when the Christmas tree is usually also tidied up at home.


Photo: Matej Tomažin. Menažerija ARCHVS.

MGLC's contribution to This Happy Day of Culture

The first act of the exhibition: the setting up of Invader's sculpture Point of Invasion on the pedestal in front of Tivoli Mansion!

The enigmatic artist Invader surprises us again with his installation in the public space. This time, he speaks to the strollers of Tivoli Park, who are greeted by a new piece on the eminent pedestal, produced especially for the Ljubljana exhibition.

We look forward to the opening of the exhibition as soon as the situation permits. Until then, stay with us on the MGLC social networks!" 

Have a peek at the video!

Invader: Point of Invasion.
Photo: Tadej Vaukman. MGLC Archive.

In the animation The MGLC Noodle 5, Leon Zuodar also brings us closer to his simply conceived but intricate stories, supported by aesthetics and effective narration!

We invite you to come and see his playful works when the situation permits. Until then, we will be keeping you amused in virtual ways together with Leon!

Have a peek at the animation!

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

SOON

Three new exhibitions are coming up at MGLC in December:


Invader: Alert, 2020, silkscreen.

Invader: Prints on paper

Leon Zuodar, The Noodle

Menažerija: 37 days of Christmas
1. 12. 2020–6. 1. 2021
On the MGLC social media channels.