The collection

The largest Slovene collection of fine art prints and original publications produced after the Second World War, and the only public collection of modernist prints, contains more than 10,000 pieces. 

The majority of the collection is represented by the works of artists that have exhibited at the International Biennials of Graphic Arts. Among these are the members of the École de Paris, (Jean Arp, Osip Zadkin, Pierre Soulages, Hans Hartung, Serge Poliakoff, Zao Wou-Ki, Victor Vasarely), representatives of the COBRA avant-garde movement (Corneille, Karel Appel, Asger Jorn), artists of Eastern Europe, as well as other internationally acclaimed artists: Nancy Spero, Damien Hirst, Bill Morris, Max Bill, Emilio Vedova, Günther Uecker, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Dóra Maurer, Görgy Galántai, Mangelos, Ivan Kožarić and Ivan Picelj. The collection also contains the complete or partial oeuvres of some of the most prominent Slovene artists working in printmaking like Vladimir Makuc, Janez Bernik, Danilo Jejčič, Bogdan Borčić, Jože Ciuha, Lojze Spacal, Andrej Jemec, Tinca Stegovec, as well as others.

An important part of the collection is composed of art publications, which accounts for about 4,000 pieces – artists’ books, book works, art journals and magazines, newspaper projects, posters and invites, photographic publications, postcards, stamps, stickers, prints, photocopies, sound art CDs, as well as accompanying literature in the form of theoretical pieces and catalogues. The collection began to form in 2001. This is when the Institut Français loaned MGLC 378 works by the avant-garde artists of the 1960s and 1970s, which included works by Daniel Buren, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Sophie Calle, Henri Chopin, Hanne Darboven, Robert Filliou, Jochen Gerz, Anette Messager, Roman Opalka, Roland Topor and Ben Vautier, as well as issues of the prominent art journals Agentzia, Chorus, Humidité, Opus International, VH 101. The donation set off a systematic collecting of all genres, and with the revitalization of the Biennial, MGLC became more excited by all types of art printing as well as purchases and donations, which grew significantly after the success of the 25th Graphic Arts Biennial, acquiring to date an impressive number of works by authors such as Vito Acconci, George Brecht, Daniel Buren, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Sophie Calle, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, the Fischli-Weiss duo, Jochen Gerz, Roni Horn, Sanja Iveković, Alfredo Jaar, Ilja Kabakov, Thomas Kapielski, Allan Kaprow, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Mangelos, Miha Maleš, Anette Messager, OHO, Roman Opalka, Iztok Osojnik, Raymond Pettibon, Dušan Pirih Hup, Sigmar Polke, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, Jean Tinguely, Roland Topor, Ben Vautier, Petra Varl, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Emmett Williams and Franci Zagoričnik, as well as the collection of original newspaper projects which also included museum in progress from Vienna, published in Der Standard newspaper between 1990 and 2002.

Important museum and study materials are also represented by the FV archive donated to MGLC in 2006 by Neven Korda, the archive of The Scarecrow Statelet, a donation by Milena Kosec, the extensive archive of the events of the Zagreb art scene between 1970–1990 collected over the years by Darko Šimičić, the extensive archive of Bernard Villers’ self-published Éditions du Remorquer (1978–2008), and most of the issues of the Point d'Ironie hybrid periodical (1997–2010).

Presentation of the collection

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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),