- About the Biennial
- Biennial history
- The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- The 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts
- The 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts
17–19 January 2020
A retrospective exhibition by performance icon Marina Abramović is on view at the Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU). The show entitled The Cleaner is the artist’s first major exhibition in her hometown after 44 years. More than 120 works are on display, ranging from photographs, films, paintings, objects and installations, to a unique collection of performance pieces. The exhibition follows all the stages of Marina Abramović’s art oeuvre chronologically, from her early works, joint performances with Ulay, her partner in art and life at the time, to her solo performances. The artist is the only one of the generation of radical performers from the 1970s to be still engaged in performance art. For her, this is the art of transformation, the art of “purification”, which brings the possibility of change. We will also take a look at Belgrade and its major cultural institutions, including the exhibition The Nineties: A Dictionary of Migration at the Museum of Yugoslavia.
This year’s winners of The 2019 Turner Prize include the artists Oscar Murillo and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, who participated in the 31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts (Over you/you, 2015, curated by Nicola Lees) and the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial ( 2019, curated by Slavs and Tatars). In addition to Murillo and Hamdan, artists Helen Cammock and Tai Shani also received the award. During a time of global political crisis, the artists decided to take up a stance of solidarity and set up a collective, with the prize being shared among them. This is how their decision was stated:
“At a time of political division in Britain and conflict in much of the world, the artists wanted to use the occasion of the Turner Prize to make a strong statement of community and solidarity and have formed themselves into a collective.”
Oscar Murilo: De marcha, ¿una rumba?... no, solo un desfile
con ética y estética (2015).
31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, installation view at Moderna galerija.
Photo: Jaka Babnik.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan:
The All-Hearing (digital video, 2014).
33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana, installation view at MGLC.
Photo: Jaka Babnik.
We have again prepared a Family Fold’r for you, which you receive free of charge when you purchase a family ticket to view the exhibition From the Biennial Prize Winners Collection: Shifts in the Canon.
You are invited to join us for a graphic adventure discovering the interesting stories as told by the works in the exhibition. And you won’t get lost, there is a pencil and a map of the gallery rooms to help you along.
Miroslav Šutej: Coloured Circle, 1973,
colour screenprint, mobile print.
Exhibition Impressions: Animated Film Workshop
In collaboration with the Slon Society.
Saturday, 14 September, 10.00–16.00
Where: Meeting point at the MGLC reception – Tivoli Mansion (Tivoli Park) at 10.00
The workshop is suitable for young people aged 9+ and is free of charge.
The number of participants is limited, advance booking is required.
What are all the things that art can tell us in an exhibition?
We will listen to some interesting stories about sea dwellers, dark cities and the Mediterranean, why we love ice cream and comfortable armchairs, what a mobile print is and what a book that is not a book looks like, what it means to be socially responsible and what the music of a birch tree sounds like. Tina Boc will take us around the exhibition From the Biennial Prize Winners Collection: Shifts in the Canon.
The tour will be followed by a stop-motion animation workshop (filming image by image).
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.