Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Sunday, 6 January, 10.30–16.00
admission free

The year-long project Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature, a multifaceted exhibition with a diverse education and accompanying programme, comes to a close with the first Sunday of the new year. As the project concludes, we invite you to join us for the final festive performance by the children who have been creative as part of The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion project throughout the year (the programme is tied to the work of Ivan Cankar), a short film cycle about the artists at Švicarija, and the concluding guided tour by the author of the project and the curator of the exhibition Yasmín Martín Vodopivec.


The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion, final festive performance (film and performance)

The White Chrysanthemum or the Artist in Motion was a series of year-long workshops tied to The White Chrysanthemum by writer Ivan Cankar, who lived and worked at Švicarija for a year. By building on their expression throughout the course of the year, the children developed a maze of Cankar’s moving figures (python, crocodile, lion, monkey and acrobat) and produced a storyline for them. A short film on the subject and their activities was also made.

The performance, which will be presented to the public in the Great Hall of the Švicarija Creative Centre, will consist of the screening of the film from the workshops and the performance by the participating children.

Programme mentors: Barbara Bulatović and Paola Korošec, Aljoša Križ, Barbara Stupica and Daša Bezjak.

Films about the creative pursuits at Švicarija

Popolni torzo (Jakov Brdar) [The Perfect Torso (Jakov Brdar)]
Scriptwriter and director Helena Koder
Director of photography Andrej Lupinc
TV Slovenia, 1993
37 min

Od Kneippa do kofeta s smetanco in nazaj [From Kneipp to a Coffee with Cream and Back]
Scriptwriter and director Amir Muratović
Director of photography Bojan Kastelic
TV Slovenia, 1992
52 min

(Dotikanja) Portret Dušan Tršar [(Touching) A Portrait of Dušan Tršar]
Scriptwriter and director Ana Nuša Dragan
Director of photography Bojan Kastelic
TV Slovenia, 2005
50 min

Zapeljevanje pogleda: Lujo Vodopivec [Luring the Gaze: Lujo Vodopivec]
Scriptwriter and director Amir Muratović
Director of photography Andrej Lupinc
TV Slovenia, 2007/2010
30 min

Sculptors Karel Putrih, Ivan Zajec and Zdenko Kalin, 1951–1955
(in the studio with the draft of the monument at Urh near Ljubljana),
1955, silent, BW, 6 min
Kept by: Slovene Film Archives at the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia

Concluding guided tour of the exhibition Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature
Conducted by by the author of the project and the curator of the exhibition Yasmín Martín Vodopivec.

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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.



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


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