Pilar Quinteros: Cathedral of Freedom

Starting point: the boat barrier on the Ljubljanica River at the Mortuary Bridge
Course of navigation: Mortuary Bridge – Butchers’ Bridge – Mortuary Bridge
Saturday, 25 July, at 10 am

In 1947, during the time of Yugoslavia, Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik proposed a draft for a new Slovenian Parliament in Ljubljana called the Plečnik Parliament or the Cathedral of Freedom, which is also the title of the project by Chilean artist Pilar Quinteros at the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts. However, his proposal was rejected due to financial, logistic and stylistic reasons. A new open call for submissions was released in order to find the final form and the building of the Slovenian Parliament as we know it today became the winning project. Nevertheless, Plečnik’s draft remained enshrined in the collective memory and can today be seen on the Slovenian 10 cent coin, even though the project was never developed.

The project by Pilar Quinteros tries to reconstruct the model of Plečnik’s draft using lightweight materials (such as cardboard), covered with waterproof materials. Cathedral of Freedom will be installed on a raft produced by the artist herself, which she will release on the Ljubljanica River. Hence the building will not only be the first volumetric presence in the city, but will also “visit” different places without having to be anywhere for too long, since there is no room for it in the city’s urban plan. The raft, which the artists produced in Ljubljana in its entirety, is made from wood and recycled plastic bottles.

As the artist says: “My project is about a building with no space to be that, moving aimlessly across the waters of Ljubljana.”

Pilar Quinteros

In cooperation with the Ljubljana Association of River Captains.

Biography Pilar Quinteros

Pilar Quinteros was born in 1988 in Santiago, Chile. She studied Art at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile gaining her degree in 2011. She has been working at the same institution for the past few years as a teaching assistant on a number of courses including Colour, Drawing and the Thesis Workshop.
She is a co-founder and active member of the MICH (International Museum of Chile) art collective, which is a multidisciplinary collective dedicated to generating reflective projects, art spaces and artwork. She is the winner of the Jean-Claude Reynal Scholarship (2012) for artists working in paper awarded by the Fondation de France and the Fine Arts Museum of Bordeaux, the third place winner of the CCU Art Scholarship (2013), and the finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize awarded by PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine (2014).

She has shown her work in venues such as the National Fine Arts Museum (Media Arts Biennial, Santiago, Chile, 2013), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago, Chile, 2010), ArteBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina 2012), Casa de las Américas (Havana, Cuba, 2013), PinchukArtCentre (Kiev, Ukraine, 2014) and Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery (London, UK, 2015).
In her work, Pilar Quinteros uses building materials such as cardboard, wood, fibreglass and plastic, among others, many of which have been discarded, to create volumes by hand. The latter represents an important aspect of her work, as she values the thinking and understanding that emerge from a direct relationship to the production processes. By involving herself both mentally and physically in the process of creation, the result is ultimately the product of her daily routine and a full life experience. At the same time, the artist turns to video to record the actions and interventions that she undertakes in diverse contexts (public spaces, uninhabited sites, etc.) as a way of sharing with others.
Her work is dedicated to understanding our immediate universe and the transformations it undergoes over time. This has led her to think and analyze how all the things that we are used to (cities, objects, cultural imaginaries of all kinds) change with the passing of the years. Her aesthetic and visual analysis of these transformations takes as its point of departure the idea that the collective imaginary is a construction in the widest sense of the word, able not only to create fictions, but also to believe them.

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The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

TOUCH AND FEEL BOOK ABOUT ŠVICARIJA

Wednesday, 25 April, 11.00–13.00, Švicarija Creative Centre
Lecture and workshop, conducted dr. Aksinja Kermauner

The public lecture with workshop is an introduction to the process of making a touch and feel book about the Švicarija Creative Centre.

To participate in the workshop, which will take place in the second part of the meeting, please book due to limited space by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si .

How do people with visual impairment see? Who are they? How to provide them with as friendly a life as possible in an environment that is not adapted for them? The lecture and workshop will be an attempt to overcome stereotypes, prejudices, fears ... since the participants, wearing black blindfolds and simulation glasses, will try to touch the world of the blind and the visually impaired, and at the same time experience themselves what could be improved.

Dr. Aksinja Kermauner is writer, poet and teacher, as well as specialist teacher for the blind and visually impaired.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

 

 

 

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

Guided tour of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage

Tuesday, 24 April, 18.00, admission payable to see the exhibition

Conducted by the curator of the exhibition, Božidar Zrinski.

Tuesday guided tours of the exhibition

Guided tours in Slovenian and English are part of the programme every Tuesday in May and June at 6 pm, and every Tuesday in July at 7 pm.
The tours are conducted by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil.

Occasionally, the guided tours may be conducted by guest speakers, which can be followed in the programme on the MGLC website: www.mglc-lj.si.

Admission payable to see the exhibition, the guided tour is free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

11th Cultural Studies Symposium on Truth
Post-reality

Friday, 20 April, 17.00–20.00, Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free

The 11th Cultural Studies Symposium will be held in Ljubljana from 18 to 20 April, this time on the subject of truth, entitled Post-reality, and organised by the Kult.co cultural studies society. You are invited to listen in on the Art and Truth panel on the closing day of the symposium.

•lectures (in Slovenian language) and performances
•participating guests: Maja Burja, Urška Aplinc, Bor Bevc, Vesna Liponik, Bojana Vasića, Marija Glavaš, Teja Tegelj, Bara Kolenc

David Lynch, Fire on Stage

13. 4.–29. 7. 2018

The first presentation of the American film director, scriptwriter, photographer, painter, musician and printmaker David Lynch in Slovenia. The Fire on Stage exhibition offers a selection of seventy fine art graphic prints produced in the lithography technique. The presentation is rounded off by paintings from private collections, watercolours, as well as a selection of experimental and animated films. What all the displayed works have in common is the intertwining of the surrealistic, expressive and grotesque, by which a Lynchian atmosphere is established. This will be followed in the exhibition set-up with a stage-like feel conjured up by set designer Branko Hojnik.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.