- About the Biennial
- Biennial history
The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts - Artist Talks
- Erica Ferrari: o whom does this architecture belong?
- The 32nd Biennial Opening Days
- Accompanying Programme of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- Cycle of Guatemalan Film at the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- Lecture: Švicarija –Ljubljana’s “nest of art”
- The prizes of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- The 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts
On the European Cultural Heritage Days 2017, we invite you to join us in Tivoli Park at the Švicarija Creative Centre for a lecture on the history of this historic building and guided tour of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.
Saturday, 30 September, 11.00–13.00, Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free
Švicarija –Ljubljana’s “nest of art”
In 1835, the Ljubljana Kazina Society opened a guesthouse on the hill above Tivoli Mansion, which became known as Švicarija (Ger. Schweizerhaus). In 1909, the guesthouse, which today remains in memory only on old postcards, was replaced by Hotel Tivoli, built following the plans of the famous Ljubljana architect Ciril Metod Koch. Hotel Tivoli soon became a gathering place for the bohemians, artists and citizens of Ljubljana, and on 1st May, also the workers. Until the very end of the First World War, the hotel offered walkers and visitors a comfortable respite and an opportunity for tasty refreshments. After the October Revolution, it was settled by Russian immigrants. Even before the Second World War, artists worked in Švicarija, the most famous of which was the sculptor Ivan Zajec, who created the Prešeren monument in Ljubljana. After the Second World War, many other well-known Slovenian artists resided and created there, until 2012, when the last one moved out due to a complete planned renovation of Švicarija. Today, the renovated Švicarija Creative Centre houses about twenty residential work studios meant for Slovenian artists working in Ljubljana as well as residing artists from abroad. The renovated Švicarija is managed by the International Centre of Graphic Arts, whose home is located in Tivoli Mansion. Both buildings together form a new cultural, educational and social centre in Tivoli Park, which is also this year's host to the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion.
The history of the so-called Švicarija will be presented by Tatjana Adamič and Aleksandra Renčelj Škedelj, conservators of the Ljubljana Unit of the Slovenian Cultural Heritage Protection Institute (ZVKDS), which also actively participated in the renovation of the building.
The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion in the company of art historian Gregor Dražil.
The Little Biennial Dwarf Children's Corner is open during the lecture and guided tour. We provide creative art animation combined with day care, and are counting the days to the start of school. Children and accompanying adults are invited to join us free of charge.