25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts

From the Cradle to the Grave, Selected Drawings by Damien Hirst

10 June−28 September 2003



25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts at Moderna galerija, installation view.
Photo: Bojan Salaj.

Christophe Cherix, curator of the Graphic Arts Cabinet of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, conceived the Biennial as a complex display including an exhibition of contemporary graphic work, a documentary exhibition about the history of the International Biennial of Graphic Arts from 1955 to date, prepared by Breda Škrjanec, and a symposium entitled "The Producers," led by Lionel Bovier, on the relationship between publishers and artists.
The exhibition of contemporary graphic work wass based on the importance of the multiplied image as a means of communication. The common feature of the exhibited works − artists' books, newspapers and magazines, photocopies, posters, newspaper interventions and projects, and prints − was the fact that they document the artists' ideas about their realized or unrealized, past or future projects.

Artists and projects:
John M Armleder, Art & Project, Vesna Bukovec, Vidya Gastaldon, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Fabrice Gygi, Pierre Huyghe & Philippe Parreno, Irwin, Ivana Keser, Antinomian Press (Ben Kinmont), Kiosk, Ivan Kožarić, Polonca Lovšin, M/M, Lucy McKenzie, Robert Morris, Gianni Motti, museum in progress, Onestar Press, Raymond Pettibon, Permanent Food (Maurizio Cattelan & Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster), Seth Price, Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, Allen Ruppersberg, Anamarija Šmajdek, Josh Smith, Erik Steinbrecher, Xavier Veilhan, Dan Walsh.

Locations:
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Moderna Galerija, the Gallery at Cankarjev Dom, The National Museum of Slovenia, Park Tivoli, the billboards of Proreklam-Europlakata, the newspapers Dnevnik, Delo and Der Standard.

The catalogue of the 25th Biennial of Graphic Arts

The 25th Biennial of Graphic Arts was accompained by a catalogue in Slovene and English which received the prize for the most beautiful book in Switzerland in 2005.


From the Cradle to the Grave, Selected Drawings by Damien Hirst

As the award winner of the 24th International Biennial of Graphic Arts in 2001, Damien Hirst had a solo exhibition at the 25th Biennial. He exhibited a comprehensive volume of his drawings, ranging from the humorous ones made for friends to preparatory sketches for his installations and paintings. Over one hundred works, loaned from public and private collections, as well as the artist himself, were on view. This was the first presentation ever of Hirst's drawings and his first personal exhibition since he took a break in 2000.

A catalogue in the form of a newspaper was published to accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition was organized by the British Council. Producer: International Centre of Graphic Arts 
Biennial is supported by: Adria Airways, AFAA, Autocommerce, British Council, Cultura 2000, Delo, Dnevnik, Embajada de Espana, Gorenje, Institut français Charles Nodier, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Slovenia, Lek, Ministarstvo za kulturu Republike Hrvatske, Mlinotest, Mondrian Stiftung, Österreichisches Kulturforum, Petrol, Ljubljana, Prohelvetia, Proreklam-Europlakat, RTV Slovenija, Samex, Schweizerische Botschaft.

 

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The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE 2018 AND DAYS OF EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE

Marathon of lectures on the architectural history, life in Švicarija and its renovation

Friday, 21 September, 17.00–19.00
Sobota, 22 September, 10.00–13.00

The cycle of lectures by conservators and restorers focuses on the architectural history and life in Švicarija. Also presented will be the conservation and restoration starting points for the refurbishment, with an emphasis on the renovation of the wooden architectural elements and stencil murals. The integral renovation of Švicarija took place between August 2015 and May 2017.

Lectures
Friday, September 21

17.00 TATJANA ADAMIČ:
THE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY IN THE AREA OF TODAY'S ŠVICARIJA
An outline of the captivating history of the architectural activities on the plateau above Tivoli Mansion in Ljubljana's Tivoli Park from the first half of the 19th century to the construction of the Tivoli Hotel between 1908 and 1910.

18.00 ALEKSANDRA RENČELJ ŠKEDELJ:
LIFE IN ŠVICARIJA
Since its beginnings in the middle of the 19th century when a guest house was opened there up till its recent renovation, Švicarija has been a witness to a lively social and artistic life.

Saturday, September 22

10.00 MATEJ ZUPANČIČ:
CONSERVATION STARTING POINTS FOR THE RENOVATION OF ŠVICARIJA
The conservation plan serves as the starting point for a comprehensive renovation of a monument. The structure of the plan as well as the use of the results in the subsequent production of project documentation and the physical restoration of Švicarija will be shown.

11.00 JOŽE DREŠAR:
THE RESTORATION OF WOODEN ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS IN ŠVICARIJA
A special challenge in the renovation of Švicarija was to preserve as many original wooden architectural elements as possible from different types of wood for their original use.

12.00 ANKA BATIČ:
THE WALL PAINTINGS IN ŠVICARIJA
Would you like to learn more about sounding, detecting and documenting wall paintings? You are invited to the presentation of the finds that adorned some of the walls in Švicarija.

After the lecture, you can join us at the workshop for making stencil murals and take a piece of Švicarija home with you. 


Švicarija in the interwar period.
Source: SI ZAL LJU 342 Fototeka, G4-027-008.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN THE CHILDREN'S STUDIO IN THE ŠVICARIJA CREATIVE CENTRE!

Creative workshops, animations and guided tours of the building are held for children every Friday. The studio operates free of charge every Friday from May to October, from 10 am to 1 pm. The activities are led by the gallery mentors Petra Derganc, Tina Boc, Petja Kolenko and Katja Kovše.

You may like to book your visit by writing to the following e-mail: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AN ARTIST RESIDENCY IN POUGUES-LES-EAUX

MGLC/Švicarija Creative Centre and the Parc Saint Léger Contemporary Art Centre, Nievers, France, are announcing a public call for applications for an artist residency in Pougues-les Eaux in 2019. Visual and/or intermedia artists who come from Slovenia or live and work in Slovenia are invited to apply. The selected artist will attend a three-month artist residency at the Parc Saint Léger Contemporary Art Centre.

The deadline for applications is
17 September 2018!

Candidates are applying for the time frame of 1 September–30 November 2019

Additional information:
miha.colner@mglc-lj.si or
+386 (0)30 708 469.

Click here for full details of the call for applications!

Theme-based guided tour of the retrospective exhibition by Riko Debenjak and presentation of the exhibition by Alja Košar, Point

Tuesday, 25 September, at 6 pm, admission payable to view the exhibition, guided tour free of charge

The tours of both exhibitions will be conducted by mag. Breda Škrjanec, the curator of the exhibition of Riko Debenjak.

The theme-based guided tours present Riko Debenjak as a person, his creativity, his relationship to printmaking, his place in the time and space of post-war modernism, connection to the Biennial of Graphic Arts and the Ljubljana school of graphic arts. Followed by a presentation of the exhibition by Alja Košar, Point.


Photo: Nejc Ketiš. MGLC Archive.

Alja Košar, Point

12. 9.–14. 10. 2018
opening: Wednesday, September 12, at 7 pm

Alja Košar embarks upon researching the expressive possibilities of intaglio printmaking with technical expertise, patient preparation and precise implementation. She creates a unique pictorial world of her own through the two distinctively pictorial elements of point and line, upgrading this in her more recent works by using paint. Initially, a considered colour palette appeared only in her drawings, but later this was transferred into printmaking through points and lines. The exhibition presents a selection of fine art prints produced in the last two years as well as some graphic works created in the Print Studios of the International Centre of Graphic Arts specifically for this exhibition. Curator of exhibition is Božidar Zrinski.


Alja Košar: Untitled, 2018, aquatint and etching.