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.

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MARATHON GUIDED TOURS

Crack Up – Crack Down: Saturday, 22 June: 11.00–14.00

Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!: Saturday, 21 September, 11.00–14.00 (in European Mobility Week)

Art & Entertainment: Sunday, 29 September, 11.00–14.00 (as part of the European Heritage Days and the 2019 Cultural Heritage Week)

Starting at 11.00 at MGLC; the second meeting point for visitors to join the guided tour is at 12.30, at the National Gallery of Slovenia.

The marathon guided tours are accompanied by impro intervals in collaboration with Impro liga.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

HOW TO BE AN ARTIST AND AN ENTREPRENEUR?

6. 7. 2019,10:00–14:30

We invite you to take part in a one-day workshop:

Business School for Artists: A Creative Approach to Business Planning

The workshop programme encompasses addressing business as a creative practice, being a step ahead of others, taking into account resources, time and costs, analysis of profitability, business plan as a narrative aid, as well as conclusion and questions. The workshop is led by Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor at New York University. She completed her postgraduate studies in Management at Yale School of Management and postgraduate studies in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. She is the author of the books Museum Legs (2009) and Art of Thinking (2016).

Students and graduates of art schools and academies have priority in applying.
Participation fee: 35 EUR

Application form
Bookings: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si

Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Administration, NYU

 

 

Summer in Tivoli

In July, every Tuesday and Thursday, at MGLC and Švicarija

Tuesday concerts at 20.00, MGLC courtyard:

2 July: Duo Ponte, world music that winds among the traditions of diverse cultures
9 July: Klarisa Jovanović (feat. Igor Bezget), ethno music from the Mediterranean worlds
16 July: Tony Rose, travel blues and folk music from Scotland
23 July: Grain Hunt, a contemporary singing-songwriting treat from Ireland

A public guided tour of the Biennial will be held before the concert, starting at 18.30 at MGLC, in Slovene and English.

Thursday concerts at 21.00, Švicarija Great Hall:

4 July: Your Gay Thoughts, electronic music and audio-visual treats
11 July: Dubzilla, experimental dub fusion
18 July: BeatMyth, hybrid electro-punk and breakbeat
25 July: Bowrain, a cineastic fusion of electronic and acoustic music

Free admission to all events.

MGLC and Švicarija are open till 20.00 on Tuesdays.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Arhive: MGLC.