The International Centre of Graphic Arts took Švicarija into its care on 9 May 2017, thus expanding the spatial possibilities and developing the programme of the founding institution.
The renovated building hosted the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, Birth as Criterion (16. 6.–29. 10. 2017), and the first artists moved into the art studios at the end of the year. The exhibition project Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature (8. 2. 2018–6. 1. 2019) updated the history of the building to the present day and set the guidelines for the future: to connect community, art and nature.
Our vision is based on an understanding of the socio-historical contexts in which Švicarija took on different roles. From the historical perspective, it can be seen as a space of hospitality, coexistence, exchange and transformation. By considering the needs of today, Švicarija continues to uphold and develop these ideas and values.
MGLC Švicarija is thus becoming an international residency centre and support for cultural mobility, a centre for production and creativity, a centre for knowledge exchange and a model for the revitalisation of cultural heritage.
The international residency programme, cultural and art programme (exhibitions, events, expert meetings, cultural education), the art studios and the outstanding cultural heritage with the Stojan Batič Memorial Studio encourage the flow of knowledge and experience between artists and visitors.
We address the audience with new ways of presenting the graphic medium and contemporary art in connection with the community and nature. The location of the building in Tivoli Park and at the foot of Rožnik gives our ambitions and desires a sustainable and ecological character.
MGLC Švicarija is a house with open doors – because, at the crossroads between Grad Tivoli and Švicarija, Ljubljana's new cultural, educational and social centre is being born. We invite you to visit us from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and of course during events.
Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.