The 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts: Iskra Delta

September 10–November 21, 2021


Iskra Delta, a technology conglomerate, has been summoned from the future to present its covert production at the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts.

The tentacle of the future patiently pounds on the glass. Dense hyperpop vapour rises from the heated planet. Reality forks in the glimmers of other possible worlds. If you thought that the Slovenian/Yugoslavian computer company, which many saw as having the potential to become a global technological power, went dark after 1989, you are mistaken. Iskra Delta will deposit the forms that are already emerging in our midst. The future rests with us.

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In the more than 60 years of its existence, the Ljubljana Biennale that was founded in 1955 in the midst of the Cold War, has tirelessly responded to the ever-changing sociopolitical context while rearticulating its own identity and strategies. From the very beginning, it sought to transcend geopolitical polarities, reflecting Yugoslavia's determination to choose its own path.

The Biennale continues to draw from its history and context, taking a specific local case of technological development and its unrealised potentials as the impetus for its 34th edition. Against a backdrop of social and environmental unrest, deep in the pandemic that has fixed our bodies in place and our eyes on screens, the story of Iskra Delta and the spectres of the "lost futures" that haunt it provide a spark for imagining and constructing possible alternative presents.

Since Iskra Delta is an entity that resides in the present moment, it is also integrated into current Internet culture, inhabiting the world of pre-existing subcultural phenomena: the world of hyperpop, trash, memes, political compass, squatting Slavs, hipsters, doomers and other phantoms of this generation.

It presents a conglomeration of practices from different platforms, collectives and both established and especially younger generations of artists, musicians and writers, whose works span various media and disciplines and, above all, harness the power of fiction and emerging technologies to point to the vectors that are capable of transforming the world we inhabit today.

As a biennale rooted in the local context while maintaining a global perspective, the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts includes artists from regional territories such as Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, as well as international participants from Germany, United Kingdom and the United States, Middle East and African countries.

The exhibition will sprawl across the historical building of the International Centre of Graphic Arts and spread its tentacles into the surrounding park and two other venues in the city. It will showcase existing and commissioned works, and will be accompanied by an extensive discussion programme that crosses the boundaries between contemporary art, sociology, politics and literature, as well as a publication that functions as both an exhibition catalogue and a reader with essays that expand on the themes of the Biennale.

Curators: 
Tjaša Pogačar, Muanis Sinanović, Nevenka Šivavec

Biennale project group: 
Kukla Kešerović, Aljaž Košir, Tjaša Pogačar, Muanis Sinanović,
Nevenka Šivavec, Andrej Škufca

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Summer in Tivoli '21

We have successfully completed another season of Summer in Tivoli. Many thanks to all the visitors who spent pleasant summer evenings in our company and to all who participated in creating a great program. We look forward to next summer!


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

EXHIBITION INVADER, PRINTS ON PAPER EXTENDED

Until Sunday 15 August

Invader's exhibition Prints on Paper offers viewers the opportunity to discover a lesser-known aspect of the artist's work – printmaking. The retrospective exhibition presents everything from screenprints to lithographs, from woodcuts to four-colour prints, and from invading maps to guides. The more than one hundred works on paper were created from 2001 to 2020, and the exhibition is complemented by Invader's selection of original short films. The artist also prepared the sculpture Point of Invasion especially for the exhibition, which addresses walkers in the park from its pedestal in front of Tivoli Mansion.


Invader: Point of Invasion (2020).
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

DOBROJUTRO and Color white graphics: F, R, E, Š.

DOBROJUTRO and Color white graphics: F, R, E, Š.

Mladen Stropnik and Small but Dangers

19. 6.–15. 8. 2021

The exhibition presents two print portfolios created in the MGLC Print Studio this year.

The first, entitled DOBROJUTRO, was conceived by Mladen Stropnik and contains eight screenprints. The portfolio, entitled Color white graphics: F, R, E, Š. was conceived by the artist duo Small but Dangers and contains four screenprints.

The exhibition was curated by Božidar Zrinski.

A warm welcome!


Mladen Stropnik in MGLC Print Studio.
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.


Small but dangers in MGLC Print Studio.
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.