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.


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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Searching for Beauty


1. –18. 3. 2018

Opening on Thursday,
1 March, at 1 pm.

Using animation, the artists Michaela Čopíková and Veronika Obertová (working under the name of Ové Pictures have created several interactive installations that focus on the central motif of searching for beauty in new contexts. They make use of historical optical toys such as the zoetrope, flip book and diorama in their projects, transforming them into a more current interactive variation. The exhibition expresses the authors’ understanding of “new beauty”.

Curator: Mária Rišková, Design Centre in Bratislava

The exhibition is being held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Independence of the Slovak Republic and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia.

The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Tivoli Hotel between Memories and Dreams
A sensory approach to learning about cultural heritage

● Workshops take place from March to May.
● introductory sensorial workshop, Saturday 24 March,
10.00–14.00 15.00–19.00
Sunday, 25 March, 
10.00–14.00 15.00–19.00

● Summer Museum Night, 16 June, first public guided tour by the participants of the project
● Advance bookings to: lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si or senzorium@gmail.com
● The closin date for application is 15 March

The art education programme includes a sensorial workshop with a final presentation for the public. In the first stage, participants are introduced into the sensory tools of communication and staging. In the second stage, we connect with the cultural heritage of Tivoli Hotel, the so-called Švicarija, which was the gathering place of the Ljubljana bourgeoisie at the beginning of the 20th century. Workshop participants explore and listen to the history of the building through various perspectives of sensory perception. In the final stage of research, visitors are taken through the originally staged snippets of its history.

Concept and implementation: Barbara Pia Jenič, founder of the Senzorium Theatre, author and director.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

Worskhop for children
The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion 

● Workshops are held on Saturdays in two parts, from March to May and from September to December.
● The final performance of The White Chrysanthemum is a synthesis of the workshops, Friday, 28 December.

The White Chrysanthemum is a work written by Ivan Cankar during his residence at Švicarija. The controversial essay is still surprisingly topical today. And what message does the author convey to the young people of today? 

The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion project consists of workshops for the production of movable sculptures (mobiles) lasting several months long, two guided tours of the workshop participants around the Švicarija Creative Centre and the concluding New Year's performance. The workshops connect several artistic disciplines and are based on various dimensions of creating.

●Concept and implementation: Barbara Bulatović, director and puppeteer.
●For children from 8 years of age and over.
●Free of charge.
●Advance bookings to alenka.mikuz@mglc-lj.si

Spring part: From Image to Form
● Saturdays: 10 and 24 March, 7 and 21 April, 5 May, 10.00–14.00; concluding guided tour, Saturday, 12 May.

Through the creative process, children conceive a character of their own choice from the passages of The White Chrysanthemum. They approach their chosen character in various creative ways (visual, technological, dramaturgical and handcrafted) and produce moving figures that are similar to puppets, yet different.

Autumn part: Storyline in the Space
● Saturdays: 29 September, 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November, 10.00–14.00; concluding guided tour, Sunday, 2 December.

At the beginning of the second part, the children prepare a storyline together for The White Chrysanthemum New Year's performance. In the process of working on the interpretation of the character placed in the space, we use the manipulation, animation, dramaturgy and scenographic approach defined in the storyline.

The final performance of The White Chrysanthemum, which represents the synthesis of the year-round workshops, will be put on during the festive time, on Friday, 28 December.

The workshops are part of the Saturday Workshops programme run by RogLab, Stripburger magazine, Trajekt Institute, MGLC and the Švicarija Creative Centre.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Sculpture-making Course
Myths and Fantasy Captured in Sculpture

starting on 19 March
March–May, once a week on Mondays, 17.00–20.00 

The fantastic creatures of Damijan Kracina cruise between art, science and imagination. The notion of the fantastic is also the starting subject of the course. Participants learn about the basic principles of working with clay and produce their own original sculpture, inspired by mythology and fantasy. The course starts with a public lecture.

Conducted by: Damijan Kracina, sculptor and Švicarija Creative Centre studio user.
We accept a maximum of 8 participants.
Participation fee: 180 EUR.
Advance bookings to alenka.mikuz@mglc-lj.si

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.