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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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).