27th Biennial of Graphic Arts

6 September−28 October 2007

The 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts took as its point of departure and theme for reflection that turning point in the history of art when the ease of technical reproduction made reproducibility a new quality in the work of art and transformed the very concept of art in essential ways. At the same time, it made reference to the theses of the renowned philosopher Walter Benjamin and their subsequent development in contemporary art theory. The reproducibility of art has changed the way we understand the notions of the copy and the original. It has influenced new meanings of authorship, the roles of the artist and the technician, the link between technology and art, and so on. Reproducibility has led to multiple production, wider accessibility, and an artwork's ability to be simultaneously present in different situations and socio-political environments. Artists have welcomed reproducibility as something that gives them new and diverse possibilities for expression and content.
The exhibitions of reproducible art at the 27th Graphic Arts Biennial presented a variety of art forms, from traditional printmaking to printed matter, video, photography, and computer - and Web-based art.

Jeon Joonho, The White House, 2005−2006, computer animation, 32' 16".
Grand Prix of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts.
 

The Unbound Eyes of Anxiousness 

The main exhibition of the Biennial presented artists from various generations and stylistic orientations who have, in the past years and decades, marked both Slovene and international art and society. The title of the exhibition speaks of a key moment in artistic creation − i.e. when a given idea gains a visual form: the creative anxiousness present in the mind of artist thus becomes unbound, freed of "chaos", and is transformed in to a visible work of art.
Curated by Lilijana Stepančič, Breda Škrjanec, Božidar Zrinski.

 

Nancy Spero, Israeli Women Soldiers, 1993, handprinting on paper.

son:DA, wall Nr_027.psd, 2007, wall-paper.

Mikael Kihlman, Paradise Lost, 1999, drypoint.

Dan Perjovschi, The First Half Year Big Book, 2007, art project in the catalogue.

Exhibition spaces and participating artists:

Ljubljana municipal bus service, Tivoli  Park, Ljubljana Maternity Hospital, Ribji trg: Anamarija Šmajdek. Billboards, Ljubljana (Bežigrad, Center): Zora Stančič.
The catalogue of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts: Metka Krašovec, Dan Perjovschi, Dušan Pirih Hup, Boštjan Pucelj, Andrej Štular.
International Centre of Graphic Arts: Paweł Althamer & Artur Żmijewski, Christiane Baumgartner, Goran Bertok, Günter Brus, Peter Fuss, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Peter Halley, Jeon Joonho, William Kentridge, Mikael Kihlman, Vladimir Makuc, Ivan Picelj, son:DA, Nancy Spero.
Modna hiša, Ljubljana, Mercator Center Maribor, Mercator Center Celje: Marija Mojca Pungerčar.
Maximarket, Ljubljana: Beli sladoled.
Poster sites, Ljubljana (Railway Station − Trg OF, Borštnikov trg − Ferant): Arjan Pregl.
Website www.indija.si: Društvo za domače raziskave.
Website www.jaka.org/2007/razorganizator: Jaka Železnikar.
Private apartments, Ljubljana: Danilo Jejčič, Kim Seung Yeong, Živko I. Marušič, Anamarija Šmajdek, Ben, Sašo Vrabič.


Stigma

Cankarjev Dom Gallery

It is a tradition of the Ljubljana Graphic Arts Biennial to present a solo exhibition of work by the artist who won the Grand Prix at the previous Biennial. Stigma, an exhibition of art from Puerto Rico, presented contemporary political art from Latin America and the Caribbean. The artworks on display arose out of the need to create images of the troubles facing our times and global society: war, colonialism, prejudice, technology, tourism, and unbridled violence. These problems are like stigmata - they are the bodily pain and wounds out of which artists from Puerto Rico draw their inspiration.
Curated by Marimar Benítez.

Garvin Sierra, Invasive Capitalism −Iraq, 2007, digital print on banknotes.

Participating artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Papo Colo, Miguel Luciano, Antonio Martorell, Omar Obdulio Pena Forty, Raquel Quijano, Carlos Reyes, Arnaldo Roche, Garvin Sierra, Rafael Trelles, Carlos Ruiz Valarino.

Accompanying Exhibitions/From the Sternens to the Comic Strip

Thomas Nozkowski: Works on Paper
13 August−9 September 2007, City Art Museum Ljubljana, Permanent Collection Gallery


Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled, 2007, oil on paper.

Thomas Nozkowski's paintings on paper map the terrain of the mind: its memories, delights, and histories. They are often larger than his canvases yet they are not studies; they are finished, articulate, and raw. In an increasingly isolated and digitally rootless world, Nozkowski's quirky works reassure the viewer that art can still be hand-made, touching, smart, and personal. Curated by Aleksander Bassin.


The Artist's Book: New Acquisitions by the P74 Center and Gallery
3. 9.−20. 9. 2007, P74 Center and Gallery


Zora Stančič, Nothing Special, 2007, artist's book.

An artist's book is an idea of a book that is entirely conceived by an artist, and is a work of art. P74 Center and Gallery acquired the first artists books in 2003. The exhibition accompanying the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts presented works gathered through public calls in 2004, 2005, and 2006, as well as other new acquisitions of the P74 Center and Gallery. Curated by Urška Jurman.
Participating artists: Andrejka Čufer, Dejan Habicht, Jure Engelsberger, Wiebke Loeper, Katerine Seda, Zora Stančič, Mladen Stilinović, Matej Stupica, Jaka Železnikar, Temporary Services, Goran Trbuljak etc.


First Impressions: The Beginnings of the Modern Art Print in Slovenia
4 September−14 October 2007, National Gallery of Slovenia − National House Gallery

Rozalija Klein-Sternen, Making an Etching, 1920, etching.

Between 1900 and 1920, we witnessed sporadic and spontaneous attempts in the field of art prints and printmaking in Slovenia. These were conceived by some Slovene artists who, under the influence of living through the problematics of painting, and the rise increasingly intensive visual communications, sought new possibilities for their creativity in the graphic arts and printmaking. Their work had the quality of research and experimentation; it also remained predominantly unknown to the public.
Curated by Andrej Smrekar.
Participating artists: Božidar Jakac, Rozalija Klein-Sternen, Tone Kralj, Veno Pilon, Hinko Smrekar, Matej Sternen, Saša Šantel, Helena Vurnik.

Musée Ferraille
4 September−16 September 2007, Kapelica Gallery

Les Requins Marteaux, Mr. Ferraille, from the museum's archives.

The iron robot Mr. Ferraille made his first appearance in the newspapers in 1924, and praised the elixir of eternal youth. So began the story of his success. The Musée Ferraille is a museum type exhibition that introduced the viewer to the history of comics character Mr. Ferraille, his rise and fall, his mutations through time as well as those of his makers − Waltshluss and Gonz. The Museum was established in 2003 by the French society Les Requins Marteaux. It first went on public display at the international comics festival Angouleme 2003.
Production: Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana
Supported by Institut Francais Charles Nodier
More on www.ljudmila.org/stripcore/mf/


3500 cm²: Art Poster Project
5 September−20 September 2007, Alkatraz Gallery

Vadim Fiškin, poster, 2007.

The point of departure of this project was a poster from which the artist createe an artwork. Thus, and on the one hand, the poster is a mass object that disseminates images. On the other hand, however, the poster is also an author's print. As such it represents an alternative cultural platform that broadens the communicative possibilities of art. It is a modular project that can be adapted to, and developed in, different circumstances. The single most important aim of the project was to create a constant dialogue with the public. Curated by Lorenzo Benedetti.
Participating artists: Carla Accardi, Nicoletta Agostini, Maria Thereza Alves, Mark Bain, Kuba Bakowski, Massimo Bartolini, Elisabetta Benassi, Wolfgang Berkowski, Dafne Boggeri, Sarra Brill & Chiara Graziani, Alessandro Bulgini, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Chiara, Paolo Chiasera, Marco Fedele di Catrano, Jimmie Durham, Davide D'elia, Vadim Fiškin, Parastou Forouhar, Stefania Galegati, Rainer Ganahl, Mario Garcia Torres, Christoph Girardet, Stanislao Di Giugno, Globalgroove, Luis Gonzales Palma, Laurent Grasso, Heidrun Holzfeind, Silvia Iorio, Yun-Fei Ji, Rob Johannesma, Marco Klefisch, Gabriel Lester, Chi Wo Leung, Alon Levin, Robert Lippok, Giuliano Lombardo, Flavio de Marco, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Liliana Moro, Vlan Nanca, Elena Nemkova, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Dennis Oppenheim, Laura Palmieri, Mikael Paananen & Linda Tallroth, Jorge Peris, Alessandro Piangiamore, Federico Pietrella, Giuseppe Pietroniro, Cesare Pietroiusti, Ph.on (Dario D'aronco & Roberto Gammone), Riccardo Previdi, Emilio Prini, Rä di Martino, Philippe Rahm, Marco Raparelli, Annie Ratti, Max Renkel, Luigi Rizzo, Guendalina Salini, Andrea Salvino, Corrado Sassi, Maurizio Savini, Donatella Spaziani, Paolo William Tamburella, Luca Trevisani, Costa Vece, Luca Vitone, Emiliano Zelada, Italo Zuffi.
Supported by Foto Tivoli d.o.o.

Printed at MGLC
5 September−21 September 2007, Kresija Gallery

Karel Zelenko, The Hermit, 1988, etching.

From its beginnings in 1986, the International Centre of Graphic Arts has hosted, published and printed in its print studios the works of many artists. Quite a few among them gave their graphic oeuvres to the Centre, and quite a lot of prints made through such cooperation have received various international prizes. This exhibition presented a selection of works printed in the techniques of aquatint, etching, dry-point and whetstone. The artworks on display were on sale. Supported by Vinska klet Berce.

Coordinator: Petra Klučar
Participating artists: Getulio Alviani, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Janez Bernik, Bogdan Borčić, Andreas Christen, Jože Ciuha, Vesna Črnivec, Anthony Hill, Drago Hrvacki, Andrej Jemec, Janusz Kapusta, Julije Knifer, Metka Krašovec, Laibach, Edoardo Landi, Lojze Logar, Peter Lowe, Vladimir Makuc, Manfredo Massironi, Almir Mavignier, Kiar Meško, François Morellet, Klavdij Palčič, Ivan Picelj, Zora Stančič, Jeffrey Steele, Joël Stein, Miha Štrukelj, Petar Waldegg, Huiqin Wang, Ryszard Winiarski, Karel Zelenko.


Events as parts of art projects

Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Socialdress
Wednesday, Friday, 26−28 September, 16:00, 19:00, Modna hiša, Ljubljana Saturday, 13th October, 11:00, 18:00, Mercator Center Celje
Saturday, 20th October, 11:00, 18:00, Mercator Center Maribor
Marija Mojca Pungerčar's art project transforms sewing into a pleasurable and useful social activity. Participants of the Socialdress workshops create witty and functional clothes that worked to integrate the community spirit. More at www.3via.org/socialdress. Supported by Tekstina d.d. Ajdovščina.

Jaka Železnikar, Install Party
Friday, 12th October, 20:00 MGLC
The www.jaka.org/2007/razorganizator website presents the work Razorganizator/ Disorganizer. The viewer was invited to the presentation of the contents of the work, the installation, set-up, and trial of the programme. This get together was also enhanced with a party.


The catalogue of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts
The 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts was accompained by a large illustrated catalogue, in Slovene and English which presented a complex overview of the eight exhibitions forming the Biennial; theoretical essays on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin and documentation concerning the participating artists and a list of exhibited artworks. The catalogue was also one of the exhibition sites of The Unbound Eyes of Anxiousness. 

Producer: International Centre of Graphic Arts
Co-producers: Alkatraz Gallery, Cankarjev dom, City Art Museum Ljubljana, Galerija Kapelica, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena, National Gallery of Slovenia, P74 Center and Gallery, Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana

Main sponsor: Mercator
Sponsors: ACH, Gorenje, Lek, Petrol, Marand
Media sponsors: Europlakat, Radio Center, Delo
Supported by: Österreichisches Kulturforum Laibach, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lubiana, Goethe-Institut Ljubljana

 

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Švicarija–Ljubljana’s “nest of art”

On the European Cultural Heritage Days 2017, we invite you to join us in Tivoli Park at the Švicarija Creative Centre for a lecture on the history of this historic building and guided tour of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion.

Saturday, 30 September, 11.00–13.00, Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free

The history of the so-called Švicarija will be presented by Tatjana Adamič and Aleksandra Renčelj Škedelj, conservators of the Ljubljana Unit of the Slovenian Cultural Heritage Protection Institute (ZVKDS), which also actively participated in the renovation of the building.

The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion in the company of art historian Gregor Dražil

The Little Biennial Dwarf Children's Corner is open during the guided tour. We provide creative art animation combined with day care, and are counting the days to the start of school. Children and accompanying adults are invited to join us free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

 

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

Trapped in perception?
Public guided tour of the main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion, conducted by Hana Ostan Ožbolt
Tuesday, 26 September, at 5 pm, guided tour starts at MGLC

In the search for an answer to the question of how art can be approached differently, this year's 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts introduced certain innovations: the exhibition without the central figure of the curator, the process of selecting the participating artists was taken over by the artists themselves, and instead of a concept, the artists were confronted with the poem by Jure Detela Birth as Criterion, which served as a way of stimulating a response from the artists.

Hana Ostan Ožbolt will present those art projects in the guided tour that she thinks particularly emphasize the experimental structure of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Hana Ostan Ožbolt graduated in Comparative Literature and German Studies, and is currently completing her master's degree in the Department of Art History. She was part of the 15th generation of the School for Curators and Critics of Contemporary Art. She now writes occasionally and works within the field of contemporary art between Ljubljana and Berlin.

The Little Biennial Dwarf Children's Corner is open during the guided tour. We provide creative art animation combined with day care, and are counting the days to the start of school. Children and accompanying adults are invited to join us free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

This week at the Biennial

Film projection
Kenji Mizoguchi: Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari, 1953),
Wednesday 20 September at 8 pm,
The Slovenian Cinematheque (Miklošičeva 28)

Workshop for young pepople 14+
Experimental animated film
Thursday, 21 September, 16.30–19.30,
Švicarija Creative Centre

Public guided tours of the exhibition Maria Bonomi: Printmaking Forever (Jakopič Gallery)
Saturday, 23 September, at 16.30,
in the English language
Sunday, 24 September, at 16.30,
in the Slovenian language

The 32 Biennial of Graphic Arts on a guest visit in Prague
Saturday, 23 September, Prague (Czech Republic)
We are being hosted at the Ljubljana presentation of the architect Jožef Plečnik in the Czech capital.


Kenji Mizoguchi: Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari, 1953),