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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ARCHIVE

You are invited to view the film "Am I a manager? Yes, I am."

Živa Škodlar Vujić, a long-time curator of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, and Mitja Rotovnik, the first director of Cankarjev dom, who professionally and personally followed the efforts of his friend Zoran Kržišnik, shared their views and memories in a short documentary about the international involvement of the Slovenian art scene. Their account takes us through the extremely dynamic period of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when Ljubljana became a cosmopolitan cultural centre. These events are illuminated from a cultural and historical perspective by Aleš Gabrič, who talks in the film about, among other things, the development of the managerial mentality in Slovenia and the importance of international cultural events, which distinguish cultural goings-on in Slovenia to this day.

From the MGLC Collection

Jo-ey Tang, The Manual
(Morava Books 14, 2012)
Collection of Art Publications

An FBI manual becomes a book of poetry, together with original microscopic and infrared images. The sculpted text is a meditation of surface and the infinitesimal space above and beneath the surface in the search for evidence.

Jo-ey Tang enacts the circulation and absence of images and objects, as well as the life cycle of ideas. The work takes on various forms of photography, video, sculpture, painting, sound, text and “self-assigned tasks”, spans over many exhibitions and is often seen as both the same and new work, in a constant process of building up and cancelling out. The publication was awarded first prize in the ROOKIE competition (June 2012, www.r-o-o-k-i-e.com), organised by City Gallery Arsenal, Poznań and Morava Publishing House.

The booklet comes in a hardback cover with 64 unpaginated pages and is offset printed in a circulation of 350 copies.

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Milton Glaser, Dylan (1966, offset)
Collection of Art Publications

The story of this poster, which was an insert on Dylan's 1967 album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, goes as follows. After suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1966, the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was bedridden and rumoured to be dead. To generate positive publicity for his forthcoming album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, CBS Records commissioned Milton Glaser to design a special poster to be included with the album. Glaser depicted the singer in profile, with his abundant curly hair rendered in saturated colours that stand out from the background. The intense, almost psychedelic colours can also be seen as the spirit of the time and the flower power generation from the second half of the 1960s.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

International Museum Day at MGLC

Tuesday, 18 May, 10.00-21.00
free of charge

You are invited to view and join in the following exhibitions and events!

Invader, Prints on Paper
10.00–18.00
The exhibition is on view at Tivoli Mansion

EVENT
17.00–18.00 
Guided tour of the exhibition: Prints on Paper, conducted by Mitja Velikonja, PhD
To take part in the guided tour, bookings must be made at: trgovina@mglc-lj.si

Sonja Vulpes, Limbo
10.00–18.00
The exhibition is on view at Tivoli Mansion

ONLINE
We have prepared a short film about the artist's creative process.

The Stojan Batič Memorial Studio
10.00–18.00
Permanent display at Švicarija

EVENT
Brane Zorman: The Spirit of the Trees | Touch
20.00
In front of Švicarija

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.