The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts - Artist Talks  

The Artist Talks series presents some of the participating artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts. The series aims to introduce the art practice of a particular artist to the broader public, as well as to encourage a dialogue between the artist and the local cultural protagonists. The setting of the Artist Talks invites informal discussion on the presented art practice, but also ways of making connections between the visiting artists and the local context.

ARTIST TALK WITH CARLOS MONROY

Tuesday, 25 April, at 6 pm, Lecture Room (MGLC ground floor)

His work is mainly based on performance, within which he explores the potential of the body that turns into a political and aesthetic tool at the moment it becomes conscious of its own revolutionary potential to criticize, praise and reveal the ways in which the state, capital and violence, as well as social pressure, affect our lives. Carlos Monroy develops work in various mediums with these notions in mind. He lives and works torn between Bogotá and São Paolo.

      

Photos/ Carlos Monroy: Latino Love 2, Sabedoria. Courtesy of the artist.

ARTIST TALK WITH ALEJANDRO PAZ

Wednesday, 5 April, at 6 pm, Lecture Room (ground floor)

Alejandro Paz, one of the visiting artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, will present his art practice as part of the programme. Because of the open structure of this year's Biennial, Alejandro Paz is currently in Ljubljana exploring the context within which he will position his work for the Biennial.

Alejandro Paz is an artist and architect who lives and works in Guatemala. He has carried out projects within the field of architecture and design in the United States, Guatemala and Central America. His art practice deals with the political and social aspects of constructing individual and collective identities. He often expresses himself through socially sensitive performances and installations, carried out in the public space. For his performance Guardaespaldas (April 2002), he hired a bodyguard to protect a tramp during his "work day" on the streets of Guatemala City. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, at the Biennial in Havana and São Paulo. Alejandro Paz was chosen to participate in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts by Regina Jose Galindo, winner of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Photos: Alejandro Paz: Guardaespaldas (2002). Courtesy of the artist.

 

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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.