THE PRIZES OF THE 31ST Biennial of Graphic Arts 

The Grand Prize winner of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts is Ištvan Išt Huzjan.
The award of the jury (research residency) was given to Declan Clarke, the special mention of the jury to Pilar Quinteros and Peter Gidal received the lifetime achievement award.

The XXXI edition of the Biennale of Graphic Arts expands the very concepts of print making, graphic work, reproduction and circulation by including installations, films, archival materials, public interventions, sculptures and drawing. Nicola Lees successfully managed to create in each room a convincing dialogue between different works, problematizing both the history of the Biennale and the potentiality of new commission. The exhibition brings together young artists and historical figures, and its breath explores the state of the printing medium in many challenging directions.

Grand Prix: Ištvan Išt Huzjan
Istvan Ist Huzjan’s installation reflects – both literally and metaphorically – a complex web of historical references and formal devices in all their stratifications. The work is a polyphony of nature and memory, art history and the artist’s intimate responses to official narratives. The jury acknowledged the artist’s capacity to create a multi-layered structure that brings together locality and globality.
The work in the Biennial: Earth Reflections (2015) and Exchange Banner – OHO and Walter de Maria (2015). The work was made for the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts.

   

Jury Prize (research residency): Declan Clarke
The jury proposes to award a residency to Declan Clarke, whose film explores time and politics, the materiality of information and the physicality of the borders in a fascinating way. The work successfully incorporates graphic elements and the stillness of images, and in so doing it exemplify the curatorial strategy to expend the formal and conceptual framework of the Biennale. The work problematizes the tension between personal memories and the wider socio-political context in Europe.
The work in the Biennial: Group Portrait with Explosives (2014)

Jury special mention: Pilar Quinteros
Recognising the Biennale as an important platform for young and emerging artists. The special mention goes to Pilar Quinteros for the energy and intelligence that she brought to her commission.
The work in the Biennial: Cathedral of Freedom (2015). The work was made for the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Life Achievement Award: Peter Gidal
The jury wishes to express its admiration for a life-long commitment to restless experimentation. Peter Gidal’s participation in the Biennial symbolizes the curatorial inclusion of multi-faced practices capable to explore and surpass the boundaries between literature and visual arts, experimental cinema and photography, representation, technology, conservation and dissemination.
The works in the Biennial: Index Books (1993– ), Ten Rare Lost Books; A Book Dealer's Nightmare (2011)

Photos. MGLC Archive. Photo: Jaka Babnik.

 

 

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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),