ŠVICARIJA 

The International Centre of Graphic Arts received the Švicarija into its care on 9 May 2017. The renovated building was the venue of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, and its first users moved into the art studios at the end of last year.

The Švicarija represents an extension of the central institution, both in terms of space and content. With the newly acquired unit, possibilities are being opened up for the International Centre of Graphic Arts to establish new ways of communicating with visitors as well as presenting and interpreting new artistic expressions. Contemporary art, which is at the International Centre of Graphic Arts considered in all its forms that intertwine with the printmaking medium, has with the Švicarija gained new leverage for further intensive development. The presence of artists, whether in the studio, workshops or expert meetings, promotes a direct and two-way flow of knowledge and experience between creators and visitors.

The Švicarija residency programme is closely linked to the location and history of the building, which already held an operative role as a production space in the past decades. Today, it once again provides a temporary studio space to thirteen Slovenian artists (Anja Jerčič, Neža Knez, Damijan Kracina, Silvan Omerzu, Tanja Pak, Silvester Plotajs Sicoe, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Ana Sluga, Zora Stančič, Martina Štirn, Miha Štrukelj, Veljko Zejak, Plateauresidue), while introducing an international residency programme for which three live-in studios are intended that will host several foreign artists and other arts professionals every year. Various types of residency programmes are planned to this end, lasting from two weeks to six months, while guest residents are selected according to various principles: artists working with MGLC in the concept and implementation of the programme, those selected in an open call, or guests who are part of inter-institutional exchanges.

The vision of the newly acquired unit and its activities is based on an understanding of the specific socio-historical contexts within which Švicarija took on its various roles. Through the historical perspective, it outlines itself as a space of hospitality, welcome, coexistence, exchange and transformation. By thinking of the needs of the present time, the Švicarija continues and develops these ideas and values. It is our wish for a new cultural, educational and social centre in Ljubljana to be born at the crossroads between the International Centre of Graphic Arts and the Švicarija.

 

Photo: Urška Boljkovac, MGLC Archive.

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METABOLIC MUSEUM-UNIVERSITY

25th July 2019 – 2nd August 2019

Various Venues

The Metabolic Museum-University offers an experimental educational program to all visitors of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, as well as visitors of participating museums in Ljubljana.

Over seven days, selected exhibitions are transformed into an unusual and ironic clash between a museum, a university and a body. Unique furniture based on a home-camping style provides visitors with the means to sit down, read, write, and take part in lectures, conversations, experiments, and exercises. Special metabolic chairs have their own table, light and mini-beamer enabling participants to spam the hang by projecting their own visuals into the gaps between artworks.

Each of the seven days corresponds to an Organ of the Week and is directed by a Faculty Member of the Metabolic Museum-University. In addition, innovative Stimuli prepared by guest artists and scientists interrupt the daily sessions with creative and intellectual impulses.

The Metabolic Museum takes place from Friday 26th July 2019 until Friday 2nd August 2019 between 14.00–18.00, except for Sunday 29th July when it runs all day from 11.00–13.00 and 14.00–18.00. On Monday 30th July 2019 there is no session.

The Metabolic Museum-University is open and free to all visitors with entry tickets to the Biennial venues and museums. It encourages participants to take part in all sessions for the full week if possible, but sporadic visits are also welcome. Sessions will be held in English.

SCHEDULE

 

Children’s Studio at Švicarija: Hedgehog draws, prints and rolls about!

Every Friday during the Biennial, 10.00–12.00, Švicarija, Tivoli Park

We carry out relief printing workshops for our youngest group of “hedgehogs” (4–12 years old), tell each other jokes and talk about large-scale exhibitions.

Free of charge, bookings for organised groups to petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si.

TUESDAY GUIDED TOURS

Short guided tours in Slovene and English

Every Tuesday in July at 18.30: of MGLC and Švicarija (meeting point at MGLC).

Every Tuesday in August at 18.30: of the galleries in the city centre (meeting point at Equrna Gallery).

Guided tour with reflection on the Biennial

Tuesday, 17 September, 17.00

Guided tour starts at MGLC

Admission payable, guided tour free of charge