S. M. S.

Presentation of six S. M. S. portfolios from the MGLC collection

MGLC Study Room, September 2012–July 2013

S. M. S. comprises six volumes of a heterogeneous journal/magazine type of publication, a portfolio of multiples, a collection of artworks of various genres and mediums, a collective work and experience of artists, among whom we find some of the most important names of the 20th century. They were published by The Letter Edged in Black Press I.n.c. in 1968. 

The project’s initiator was American surrealist William N. Copley (1919–1996). Inspired by the Fluxus movement, he saw S. M. S. as an opportunity to go beyond traditional art forms and bring art closer to everyday life. The project provided the artists, who gathered in an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York, a place to work and publish a series of multiples, which they sold directly to collectors. The S. M. S. magazine was published every two months for a year. The volumes, following the art directions of pop art and dada, included different art mediums from photographs, drawings, texts to audio recordings. From the total of seventy-three artworks, most are visual and textual, and some include sound in the form of vinyl records and magnetic tape.

S. M. S. – an abbreviation for Shit Must Stop – illustrates the pulse of the 1960s, the wish of artists to be liberated from the dictates of galleries, curators, critics and individual art genres.

The S. M. S. portfolios include works by numerous artists: Christo, Marchel Duchamp, Walter de Maria, James Lee Byars, Meret Oppenheim, Ray Johnson, Man Ray, Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Roy Lichenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Dieter Roth, Richard Artschwager, etc. 

The volumes of S. M. S. magazine, which will be on view in the Study Room, are part of the MGLC collection. The curator of the present exhibition is mag. Breda Škrjanec. 

View the exhibition

MGLC Study Room, From Monday to Friday, 9.00–14.00. The exhibition in the Study Room is available to view by prior arrangement.

To book an appointment please call +386 (0)1 2413 805, or send an e-mail to breda.skrjanec@mglc-lj.si.

No. 1

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Contributors: Irving Petlin, Su Braden, James Lee Byars, Christo, Walter de Maria, Richard Hamilton, Kaspar Koening, Julien Levy, Sol Mednick, Nancy Reitkopf, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela

No. 2

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Contributors: Marcel Duchamp, Nicolas Calascm, Bruce Conner, Marcia Herscovitz, Alain Jacquet, Ray Johnson, Lee Lozano, Meret Oppenheim, Bernard Pfreim, George Reavey, Clovis Trouille

No. 3

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Contributors: John Battan, Aftograf, Enrico Baj, William Bryant, Dick Higgins, Joseph Kosuth, Ronnie Landfield, Roland Penrose, Man Ray, H.C. Westermann, Hannah Weiner, Terry Riley

No. 4

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Contributors: Robert Stanley, Arman, Paul Bergtold, John Cage, Hollis Frampton, On Kawara, Roy Lichtenstein, Lil Picard, Domenico Rotella, Robert Watts, Princess Winifred, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela

No. 5

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Contributors: Congo, William Anthony, Wall Batterton, William Copley, Edward Fitzgerald, Neil Jenney, Angus MacLise, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Mel Ramos, Robert Rohm, William Schwedler, Diane Wakoski, Lawrence Weiner

No. 6

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Contributors: Richard Artschwager, Ed Bereal, Dieter Roth, Betty Dodson, Ronoldo Ferri, John Giorno, Toby Mussman, Adrian Nutbeem, Claes Oldenburg, Mischa Petrov, Jean Reavey, Bernar Venet

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OPEN CALL!, CRITIC IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2020

MGLC Švicarija in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, both based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, invites art critics or cultural journalists to apply for a fully-funded, one-month residency in Ljubljana in October 2020.

Deadline for applications: 17 February 2020

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Arhive.

Contact as the Foundation for Creativity, Experiential Gestalt Therapy Workshop with Tomaž Flajs

Thursday, 2 April, 14.00–21.00

The workshop is conceived on the experiential learning method and based on the phenomenological principles of Gestalt therapy. Contact, as the basic concept of the workshop, is understood as a sensor-motor interaction between man and his environment, which enables the survival and growth of the human organism as well as the development of a sense of one’s own identity and awareness of otherness. This will be explored through experiential exercises and experiments. One of the main attributes of human contact as a process of formation and decomposition of perceptual and motor entities (gestalts) is precisely creativity, which can be awoken when one is ready to face a new situation with openness and uncertainty. The goal of the workshop is to explore how exactly something, which may seem like a blockage and interruption in creatively adapting to a situation, can become the foundation for our creativity if we manage to find a support for turning anxiety into excitement.

The workshop is conducted by Tomaž Flajs, educator and supervisor of Gestalt therapy.

The workshop is taking place at MGLC and includes a half-an-hour break. Drinks and refreshments will be provided (water, tea, biscuits, fruit). Attendance is required for the whole duration of the workshop. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of twelve. Admission is 5 EUR (ticket to view the exhibition at MGLC).

Advance bookings using the application form (enclosed) until the available quota should be made by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si

Warmly wellcome!

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Guided tour and demonstration of the artist's printmaking method

Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near

Thursday, February 27., 17.00–19.00
entrance fee for the exhibition,
free for members of the Biennale Club Friend

The event begins with an hour-long guided tour of the exhibition with the curator Božidar Zrinski and the artist Helena Tahir. Continuing in the MGLC Print Studio, Helena Tahir presents her creative process and attitude towards the technique and the graphic print through a demonstration of frottage and hand printing with a spoon on felt.

Warmly wellcome!


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near
31. 1.–8. 3. 2020

Helena Tahir represents the youngest generation of artists to deliberately explore the properties of classic printmaking techniques both in terms of form and content, hence actively co-creating the image of contemporary graphic creativity on the Slovenian art scene. The exhibition presents drawings and prints made over the recent years, some of which are here presented to the public for the first time. Helena Tahir’s graphic prints are characterised by the loquacious interweaving of various images stemming from the imagination, brimming with meaningful associations and historical references that must be carefully observed in order to make them easier to understand.

OPENNING OF THE EXHIBITION

Agnes Momirski, siXren (Verbum Medicinae)

Friday, February 21, at 6 pm, MGLC Švicarija

The opening will include a performans by Agnes Momirski, siXren (Verbum Medicinae).

Agnes Momirski is a multimedia artist, who is currently making new work as part of the residency programme at MGLC Švicarija. The artist, who has been based in Rotterdam over the past several years, explores the voice and language through a posthumanist lens in her art practice. She uses the two to explore the various methods of secret, ancient and healing rituals. These phenomena are processed by the artist in multimedia performative actions, music performances and videos.

siXren (Verbum Medicinae) has two different materialisations; it is a music performance that will premiere at MGLC Švicarija, and it is an ambient and experimental video installation. The piece was made in collaboration with beepblip (sound) and Brina Vidic (visual and costume design).

Curator: Miha Colner.