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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2. 4.–19. 5. 2019

2 April, at 7 pm

The exhibition is part of the year-long programme of Švicarija, which in 2019 focuses on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the right of the public to information in pursuit of the slogan community, art and nature. The participating artists question the credibility of images and their meanings at a time of the oversaturation with visual impulses and analyse the ambiguity of media messages on the world wide web.

The spatial intervention by Nataša Berk and the group of artists at Švicarija presents their diverse visual production, which usually takes place in the virtual space of the world wide web and social networks. On this occasion, it has moved into a physical space. Together, they explore the phenomenology of the image within public circulation and its impact on the perception of reality. In ironic ways, they address the norms of the advertising industry, the tendencies of the mass media, voyeurism and the social convention of the individual’s appearance. Thus, works devoted to the consideration of the nature of the image in everyday life are presented as part of the exhibition. In such a way, photographs, videos and collages open up the questions of understanding visual culture in an era when the public space has become saturated with contents and images, questions about the manipulation of the image and the ambivalence of its meanings.    

Curator: Miha Colner

Photo: Nataša Berk.

ANNOUNCING the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

7. 6.–29. 9. 2019

art collective Slavs and Tatars
31 artists on 9 venues in Ljubljana

Crack Up – Crack Down will take an expansive view of the genre of satire today, featuring works by historical and contemporary international artists, as well as interventions by activists, new media polemicists, performances by stand-up comedians, and others. For the 33rd edition of the Biennial, Slavs and Tatars consider ‘the graphic’ not as a medium, but as an agency. They question how graphic language engenders a form of infra-politics via irony and ridicule as a particularly resilient and contemporary form of critique. Purported to speak truth to power, satire has proven itself to be a petri dish in a world of post-truth bacteria

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The PovezujeM/Tivoli Creative Circle
, which is organised by the museums around Tivoli Park, will take place again during the summer holidays.

Two time-frames are available:
8–12 July and 26–30 August,
from 8 am to 4 pm. 

Further details will be available soon!

You can pre-book your place by writing to:

Part of the circle: National Museum of Slovenia, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Contemporary History, National Gallery of Slovenia and International Centre of Graphic Arts.

Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s and Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

22. 3.–19. 5. 2019


Tuesday, April 23, at 5.30 pm
in English
at 5 pm in Slovenian

Admission for the exhibition, the guided tour is free.
Conducted by the co-author of the exhibition Gregor Dražil, Museum Information Officer.

Warmly welcome!

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The Family fold’r 

Dear families, you are kindly invited to explore the MGLC gallery!
We have again prepared the Family fold’r for you, which you receive free of charge when you purchase a family ticket to view the exhibition.
This time, some curious cards are waiting for you inside, and they need to find their places in the gallery with your help and the help of your children.

Good luck!

Exhibition's symposium
Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration

Wednesday, 15 May, 14.30–19.00, 
International Centre of Graphic Arts

Symposium timeline
14:00 Gregor Dražil: An Outline of Collaboration between Japan and Slovenia in the Area of Printmaking
*14:40 Bert Winther-Tamaki: The Wood Aesthetic of the “Creative Prints” Movement of Japan, 1945 to 1965
15:20 Wiktor Komorowski: From Washi to Politics: Printmaking and the Cold War Japonisme
16:00–16:20 Break
16:20 Marjeta Ciglenečki: Forma Viva in Slovenia and Japanese Artists
17:00 Noriaki Sangawa: The Japanese Art Group Ryu and Its Collaboration with the Slovenian Moderna galerija and the Biennial of Graphic Arts

Visiting lecture
*Bert Winther-Tamaki: What Happens to Contemporary Art Made in Japan When Exhibited Outside of Japan?
*The lecture will take place on Monday, 13 May, at 18:00 at the Faculty of Arts, room 343. The lecture is co-organised by the Department of Art History.

The symposium will be held in English.


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

Friday, March 22, at 6 pm

The exhibition is made up of two sections. The first, bearing the title Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s, is dedicated to Japanese printmaking of the 1970s and was organised by the Japan Foundation, while the second, the documentary section, is entitled Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration and has been prepared by the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

The travelling exhibition Photographic Images and Matter, with a selection of the most representative artists, presents the orientations within Japanese printmaking of the 1970s, which was the golden age of the print medium in Japan. The curator of the exhibition Kyoji Takizawa has made an attractive selection of artists, who have received many awards within the international arena and form the core of the modernist and avant-garde scene of the 1970s.

The documentary exhibition Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration, on the other hand, illuminates one of the many socio-artistic chapters tied to the history of the Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. Through the selection of pictorial, archival, photographic and other material, it aims to show the communication between the geographically and politically disparate countries as part of an ambitious international art event like the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. Exhibition authors are Nevenka Šivavec and Gregor Dražil.

The exhibition is accompanied by an international symposium under the same title, taking place in the month of May.

Exhibition design: Ivian Kan Mujezinović and Mina Fina.

Tetsuya Noda: Diary, September 11, '68 (woodcut and silkscreen).