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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NATAŠA BERK: 1ST UNLIMITED EDITION

2. 4.–19. 5. 2019

Opening:
2 April, at 7 pm
Švicarija

The exhibition is part of the year-long programme of Švicarija, which in 2019 focuses on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the right of the public to information in pursuit of the slogan community, art and nature. The participating artists question the credibility of images and their meanings at a time of the oversaturation with visual impulses and analyse the ambiguity of media messages on the world wide web.

The spatial intervention by Nataša Berk and the group of artists at Švicarija presents their diverse visual production, which usually takes place in the virtual space of the world wide web and social networks. On this occasion, it has moved into a physical space. Together, they explore the phenomenology of the image within public circulation and its impact on the perception of reality. In ironic ways, they address the norms of the advertising industry, the tendencies of the mass media, voyeurism and the social convention of the individual’s appearance. Thus, works devoted to the consideration of the nature of the image in everyday life are presented as part of the exhibition. In such a way, photographs, videos and collages open up the questions of understanding visual culture in an era when the public space has become saturated with contents and images, questions about the manipulation of the image and the ambivalence of its meanings.    

Curator: Miha Colner


Photo: Nataša Berk.

ANNOUNCING the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

7. 6.–29. 9. 2019

Curator:
art collective Slavs and Tatars
31 artists on 9 venues in Ljubljana

Crack Up – Crack Down will take an expansive view of the genre of satire today, featuring works by historical and contemporary international artists, as well as interventions by activists, new media polemicists, performances by stand-up comedians, and others. For the 33rd edition of the Biennial, Slavs and Tatars consider ‘the graphic’ not as a medium, but as an agency. They question how graphic language engenders a form of infra-politics via irony and ridicule as a particularly resilient and contemporary form of critique. Purported to speak truth to power, satire has proven itself to be a petri dish in a world of post-truth bacteria

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POVEZUJEM/TIVOLI CREATIVE CIRCLE

The PovezujeM/Tivoli Creative Circle
programme
, which is organised by the museums around Tivoli Park, will take place again during the summer holidays.

Two time-frames are available:
8–12 July and 26–30 August,
from 8 am to 4 pm. 

Further details will be available soon!

You can pre-book your place by writing to: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si

Part of the circle: National Museum of Slovenia, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Contemporary History, National Gallery of Slovenia and International Centre of Graphic Arts.

Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s and Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

22. 3.–19. 5. 2019

GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION

Tuesday, April 23, at 5.30 pm
in English
at 5 pm in Slovenian

Admission for the exhibition, the guided tour is free.
Conducted by the co-author of the exhibition Gregor Dražil, Museum Information Officer.

Warmly welcome!


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Family fold’r 

Dear families, you are kindly invited to explore the MGLC gallery!
We have again prepared the Family fold’r for you, which you receive free of charge when you purchase a family ticket to view the exhibition.
This time, some curious cards are waiting for you inside, and they need to find their places in the gallery with your help and the help of your children.

Good luck!

Exhibition's symposium
Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

Wednesday, 15 May, 14.30–19.00, 
International Centre of Graphic Arts

Symposium timeline
14:00 Gregor Dražil: An Outline of Collaboration between Japan and Slovenia in the Area of Printmaking
*14:40 Bert Winther-Tamaki: The Wood Aesthetic of the “Creative Prints” Movement of Japan, 1945 to 1965
15:20 Wiktor Komorowski: From Washi to Politics: Printmaking and the Cold War Japonisme
16:00–16:20 Break
16:20 Marjeta Ciglenečki: Forma Viva in Slovenia and Japanese Artists
17:00 Noriaki Sangawa: The Japanese Art Group Ryu and Its Collaboration with the Slovenian Moderna galerija and the Biennial of Graphic Arts

Visiting lecture
*Bert Winther-Tamaki: What Happens to Contemporary Art Made in Japan When Exhibited Outside of Japan?
*The lecture will take place on Monday, 13 May, at 18:00 at the Faculty of Arts, room 343. The lecture is co-organised by the Department of Art History.

The symposium will be held in English.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

opening:
Friday, March 22, at 6 pm

The exhibition is made up of two sections. The first, bearing the title Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s, is dedicated to Japanese printmaking of the 1970s and was organised by the Japan Foundation, while the second, the documentary section, is entitled Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration and has been prepared by the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

The travelling exhibition Photographic Images and Matter, with a selection of the most representative artists, presents the orientations within Japanese printmaking of the 1970s, which was the golden age of the print medium in Japan. The curator of the exhibition Kyoji Takizawa has made an attractive selection of artists, who have received many awards within the international arena and form the core of the modernist and avant-garde scene of the 1970s.

The documentary exhibition Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration, on the other hand, illuminates one of the many socio-artistic chapters tied to the history of the Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. Through the selection of pictorial, archival, photographic and other material, it aims to show the communication between the geographically and politically disparate countries as part of an ambitious international art event like the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. Exhibition authors are Nevenka Šivavec and Gregor Dražil.

The exhibition is accompanied by an international symposium under the same title, taking place in the month of May.

Exhibition design: Ivian Kan Mujezinović and Mina Fina.


Tetsuya Noda: Diary, September 11, '68 (woodcut and silkscreen).