26th Biennial of Graphic Arts 

Thrust

23 June−2 October 2005

The title of the Biennial, Thrust, spoke to the power of the Biennial, which for fifty years had been one of the engines behind both Slovene culture and international graphic arts.
The artistic director for the 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts is the respected Slovene art historian Jure Mikuž. The concept for the show underscores the 50th anniversary of the Biennial, the wide diversity of views on contemporary graphic arts, and process as an organizational approach to staging an exhibition. He has invited eighteen prestigious institutions from all over the world to each present an exhibition that attempts to answer the question: What are the graphic arts today? Their answers give form to the artistic criteria of the cultural and geographic settings in which these institutions operate and thus help to constitute a postcolonial perspective on art. This approach underscores the great diversity of art as it exists today in our globalizing world.

The 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts began with the symposium in December 2004 at the MGLC and ended with the exhibition in June 2005 in Tobačna Ljubljana.


Grand Prix: San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Carribean, Puerto Rico.
Photo: Tomaž Lunder.

Participating institutions and artists:

Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennial, Bhopal, India: Raj Mohammad Pathan.
Curator: Yusuf
Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris, France: François Morellet, Paul-Armand Gette, Jean Le Gac, François Bouillon, Gérard Collin-Thiebaut, Jean-Michel Alberola, Yves Chaudouët, Françoise Petrovitch.
Curator: Marie-Cécile Miessner
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, Great Britain: Paul Coldwell, Jane Dixon, Lucian Freud, Jane Joseph, Peter Kennard & Cat Picton Phillipps, Hughie O'Donoghue, Anne Rook, Colin Self, Ian Tyson, Catherine Yass, Webproductions (Telfer Stokes, Helen Douglas).
Curator: Tessa Sidey
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA: Devorah Sperber.
Curator: Marilyn Kushner
Calcografía Nacional, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain: Juan Alberto García de Cubas, Mónica Gener, Centro I+D de la Estampa Digital, Calcografía Nacional, Anish Kapoor, Jesús Pastor, Elena Jiménez.
Curators: Javier Blas and María Zozaya
Egyptian International Print Triennial, Giza, Egypt: Amira Ehsan Abdel Malek, Eman Ezzat Elshazli, Moataz Mohamed Abdallah, Mohamed Nabil Abdel Salam, Rania Wagdy AbdAlla Mahmoud, Wael A. Sabour A. Kader.
Curator: Medhad Nasr Ali
Graphica Creativa International Print Triennial, Jyväskylä, Finland: Tuija Arminen, Hanna Oinonen.
Curator:Virve Lilja
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia: son:DA, Marija Starič Jenko & Almira Sadar, Annu Vertanen, Federico Pietrella, Ingrid Ledent.
Curators: Breda Škrjanec and Božidar Zrinski
International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland: Andrzej Bednarczyk, Ksawery Kaliski.
Curator: Tomasz Gryglewicz
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, Italy: Massimo Bartolini.
Curator: Luigi Ficacci
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan: Shiou-ping Liao, Hsi-chi Li, Yang-che Liu, Yu-hui Chung, Chen-ping Tung, Shyh-twan Hwang, Hsueh-chin Lin, Chin-cheng Chu, Dean-e Mei, Ming-die Yang, Sheng-min Hsieh, Hung-yu Chang, Hsin-chen Chang, Ping-ho Lo, Juo-lan Kao, Ming-feng Hsu, Chao-an Lin, Yung-chin Chen, Yu-tzu Wu, Hsing-hsuen Wu, Hsiang Cheng, Chin-jui Pan, Yu-chi Wang, Hui-Lan Chang.
Curator: Judith Wan-ju Wang
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria: Jörg Schlick.
Curator: Elisabeth Fiedler
Novosibirsk Biennial of Contemporary Graphics, Novosibirsk, Russia: Rinat Minnebaev, Svyatoslav Ponomarev, Elena Bertollo, Vladimir Martynov, Ekaterina Rozhkova, Vladimir Nasedkin, Sergey Bryukhanov, Muratbek Djoumaliev, Gulnara Kasmalieva, Almagul Menlibaeva, Ayrat Teregulov.
Curator Vladimir Nazansky
Proyecto'ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Rimer Cardillo.
Curator: Alicia Candiani
San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean, Puerto Rico: Allora & Calzadilla (Jennifer Allora, Guillerno Calzadilla), Miguel Luciano, Adál Maldonado, Antonio Martorell, Garvin J. Sierra, Mary Patierno and Natalia Munoz.
Curator: Elvis Fuentes
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa, Japan: Mitsuo Kano, Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Fumihiko Nishioka, Nana Shiomi, Keisuke Yamaguchi.
Curator: Sawako Ogiwara
Sofia Graphic Art International Triennial, Bulgaria: Buyan Filchev, Emil Mirazchiev, Mobile Graphic Art Room (Anastasia Panayotova, Alexander Alexov, Atanas Vassilev, Borislav Stoev, Valeri Vasilev, Valeri Chakalov, Vanko Urumov, Vesselin Damyanov, Galina Pavlova, Georgi Lechev, Gredi Assa, Darina Peeva, Dimo Kolibarov, Elena Panayotova, Zafir Yonchev, Ivan Dimov, Ivan Ninov, Kolyo Karamfilov, Kostadinka Miladinova, Maria Duhteva, Milko Pavlov, Mikhail Petkov, Plamen Monev, Plamen Penov, Plamen Solomonski, Ralitsa Nikolova, Roberto Andreev, Rumen Nechev, Rumen Rachev, Rumen Skorchev, Sasho Anastassov, Stefan Bojkov, Tedi Liho, Tihomir Manolov, Tsvetan Kazandzhiev, Yuli Minchev, Yavora Petrova, Hristo Kardzhilov).
Curator: Plamena Dimitrova-Racheva
Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia: John Smith (Marko Mäetamm and Kaido Ole) and Margareete Fuks; Andres Tali and Anu Kalm, Leonhard Lapin, Silvi Liiva, Enno Ootsing, Vive Tolli, Urmas Viik; Marko Laimre and Theodor Kuul; KIWA (Jaanus Kivaste) and Kaarel Kurismaa; Kai Kaljo and Richard Kaljo; Avangard (Sandra Jogeva, Margus Tamm) and Peeter Allik.
Curators: Anders Härm and Eve Kask
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA/participates in the symposium only.

The 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts is accompanied by three exhibitions installed in the galleries of the International Graphic Arts Center:
Raymond Pettibon
American contemporary artist, winner of the Grand Prize d'Honneur of the 25th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts.
The Most Beautiful Graphic Artworks
Slovene Graphic Arts over the Past Fifty Years.
The First Line
Avant-Garde and Alternative Printers and Presses in Slovenia from Conceptualism to the Present.

 

The catalogue of the 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts

The 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts was accmpained by two catalogues: 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts − Thrust and Accompanying Exhibitions − Raymond Pettibon, The Most Beautiful Graphic Artworks and The First Line.
Both catalogues are sold out.


Producer: International Centre of Graphic Arts
Co-producers: Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Center, Tobačna Ljubljana
The Biennial was supported by:
Autocommerce, Europlakat, Gorenje, Imos, Lek, Marand, Mobitel, Petrol, RTV Slovenija, SGP Graditelj, AFAA, British Council, Embajada de Espana, Embassy of Finland Ljubljana, Embassy of the United States of America Ljubljana, Institut français Charles Nodier, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Slovenia, Japan Foundation, Kulturforums der Österreichischen Botschaft
Adria Airways, Aerodrom Ljubljana, Hestia pro, Prevent Global, Tam – Tam.
Sponsor: Tobačna Ljubljana.

 

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OPEN CALL!, CRITIC IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2020

MGLC Švicarija in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, both based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, invites art critics or cultural journalists to apply for a fully-funded, one-month residency in Ljubljana in October 2020.

Deadline for applications: 17 February 2020

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Arhive.

Contact as the Foundation for Creativity, Experiential Gestalt Therapy Workshop with Tomaž Flajs

Thursday, 2 April, 14.00–21.00

The workshop is conceived on the experiential learning method and based on the phenomenological principles of Gestalt therapy. Contact, as the basic concept of the workshop, is understood as a sensor-motor interaction between man and his environment, which enables the survival and growth of the human organism as well as the development of a sense of one’s own identity and awareness of otherness. This will be explored through experiential exercises and experiments. One of the main attributes of human contact as a process of formation and decomposition of perceptual and motor entities (gestalts) is precisely creativity, which can be awoken when one is ready to face a new situation with openness and uncertainty. The goal of the workshop is to explore how exactly something, which may seem like a blockage and interruption in creatively adapting to a situation, can become the foundation for our creativity if we manage to find a support for turning anxiety into excitement.

The workshop is conducted by Tomaž Flajs, educator and supervisor of Gestalt therapy.

The workshop is taking place at MGLC and includes a half-an-hour break. Drinks and refreshments will be provided (water, tea, biscuits, fruit). Attendance is required for the whole duration of the workshop. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of twelve. Admission is 5 EUR (ticket to view the exhibition at MGLC).

Advance bookings using the application form (enclosed) until the available quota should be made by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si

Warmly wellcome!

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Guided tour and demonstration of the artist's printmaking method

Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near

Thursday, February 27., 17.00–19.00
entrance fee for the exhibition,
free for members of the Biennale Club Friend

The event begins with an hour-long guided tour of the exhibition with the curator Božidar Zrinski and the artist Helena Tahir. Continuing in the MGLC Print Studio, Helena Tahir presents her creative process and attitude towards the technique and the graphic print through a demonstration of frottage and hand printing with a spoon on felt.

Warmly wellcome!


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near
31. 1.–8. 3. 2020

Helena Tahir represents the youngest generation of artists to deliberately explore the properties of classic printmaking techniques both in terms of form and content, hence actively co-creating the image of contemporary graphic creativity on the Slovenian art scene. The exhibition presents drawings and prints made over the recent years, some of which are here presented to the public for the first time. Helena Tahir’s graphic prints are characterised by the loquacious interweaving of various images stemming from the imagination, brimming with meaningful associations and historical references that must be carefully observed in order to make them easier to understand.

OPENNING OF THE EXHIBITION

Agnes Momirski, siXren (Verbum Medicinae)

Friday, February 21, at 6 pm, MGLC Švicarija

The opening will include a performans by Agnes Momirski, siXren (Verbum Medicinae).

Agnes Momirski is a multimedia artist, who is currently making new work as part of the residency programme at MGLC Švicarija. The artist, who has been based in Rotterdam over the past several years, explores the voice and language through a posthumanist lens in her art practice. She uses the two to explore the various methods of secret, ancient and healing rituals. These phenomena are processed by the artist in multimedia performative actions, music performances and videos.

siXren (Verbum Medicinae) has two different materialisations; it is a music performance that will premiere at MGLC Švicarija, and it is an ambient and experimental video installation. The piece was made in collaboration with beepblip (sound) and Brina Vidic (visual and costume design).

Curator: Miha Colner.