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Istvan Ist Huzjan’s installation reflects – both literally and metaphorically – a complex web of historical references and formal devices in all their stratifications.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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The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

TOUCH AND FEEL BOOK ABOUT ŠVICARIJA

Wednesday, 25 April, 11.00–13.00, Švicarija Creative Centre
Lecture and workshop, conducted dr. Aksinja Kermauner

The public lecture with workshop is an introduction to the process of making a touch and feel book about the Švicarija Creative Centre.

To participate in the workshop, which will take place in the second part of the meeting, please book due to limited space by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si .

How do people with visual impairment see? Who are they? How to provide them with as friendly a life as possible in an environment that is not adapted for them? The lecture and workshop will be an attempt to overcome stereotypes, prejudices, fears ... since the participants, wearing black blindfolds and simulation glasses, will try to touch the world of the blind and the visually impaired, and at the same time experience themselves what could be improved.

Dr. Aksinja Kermauner is writer, poet and teacher, as well as specialist teacher for the blind and visually impaired.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

 

 

 

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

Guided tour of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage

Tuesday, 24 April, 18.00, admission payable to see the exhibition

Conducted by the curator of the exhibition, Božidar Zrinski.

Tuesday guided tours of the exhibition

Guided tours in Slovenian and English are part of the programme every Tuesday in May and June at 6 pm, and every Tuesday in July at 7 pm.
The tours are conducted by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil.

Occasionally, the guided tours may be conducted by guest speakers, which can be followed in the programme on the MGLC website: www.mglc-lj.si.

Admission payable to see the exhibition, the guided tour is free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

11th Cultural Studies Symposium on Truth
Post-reality

Friday, 20 April, 17.00–20.00, Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free

The 11th Cultural Studies Symposium will be held in Ljubljana from 18 to 20 April, this time on the subject of truth, entitled Post-reality, and organised by the Kult.co cultural studies society. You are invited to listen in on the Art and Truth panel on the closing day of the symposium.

•lectures (in Slovenian language) and performances
•participating guests: Maja Burja, Urška Aplinc, Bor Bevc, Vesna Liponik, Bojana Vasića, Marija Glavaš, Teja Tegelj, Bara Kolenc

David Lynch, Fire on Stage

13. 4.–29. 7. 2018

The first presentation of the American film director, scriptwriter, photographer, painter, musician and printmaker David Lynch in Slovenia. The Fire on Stage exhibition offers a selection of seventy fine art graphic prints produced in the lithography technique. The presentation is rounded off by paintings from private collections, watercolours, as well as a selection of experimental and animated films. What all the displayed works have in common is the intertwining of the surrealistic, expressive and grotesque, by which a Lynchian atmosphere is established. This will be followed in the exhibition set-up with a stage-like feel conjured up by set designer Branko Hojnik.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.