The Study Room
The Study Room was opened due to increasing public interest and as an addition to study. It is intended for in-depth research of art publications, although it can also house exhibitions.
The visitor to the Study Room can browse through the artists’ books by authors included in the collection, since in addition to prints, the MGLC collection comprises also publications of various genres, whose common denominator is reproduction technique, from artists’ books, art journals, culture magazines, to posters, sound art CDs and theoretical literature. The MGLC collection therefore contains more than 4,000 pieces.
Available to flick through are Viks art and culture magazines, most issues of the Point d'Ironie hybrid periodical, Gorgona, SMS, 0 TO 9 and Pist Prota. Housed in the collection are also posters and notices of the FV group (donated by Neven Korda), the archive of The Scarecrow Statelet (donated by Milena Kosec), an extensive archive on the events on the Zagreb art scene from the 1970s up till the 1990s, the complete archive of Bernard Villers’ self-published Éditions du Remorquer, as well as the collection of original newspaper projects museum in progress from Der Standard newspaper.
The materials from the collection can be viewed by prior arrangement.
Additional information: Breda Škrjanec, (01) 241 38 05, email@example.com
The Centenary of the Birth of Zoran Kržišnik
A hundred years have passed since the birth of Zoran Kržišnik, the initiator and longtime director of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and the International Centre of Graphic Arts.
Zoran Kržišnik has left an indelible mark on Slovenian post-war art, especially in the field of printmaking.
The openning of the 17th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, 19 June 1987.
Moderna galerija Ljubljana Archive.
He was born on 26 January 1920 in Žirovnica in the Gorenjska region. After completing his studies in Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, he became the first warden of the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. In 1957, he became director of the Museum of Modern Art and held the position until 1986. Kržišnik was one of the initiators and the longtime director of the International Biennial of Graphic Arts, which functioned under the auspices of the Museum of Modern Art between 1955 and 1986. In 1986, the organisation of the Biennial of Graphic Arts was taken on by the International Centre of Graphic Arts, which was established upon the initiative of Zoran Kržišnik and the Biennial Secretariat, receiving its spaces in Tivoli Mansion. Kržišnik was the director of the International Centre of Graphic Arts from its foundation until his retirement in 2000.
He is the co-founder of the Grupa 69 art group. He is also credited with the globally accepted term of the Ljubljana school of graphic arts. For many years, he was a member of various international juries in reputable institutions, commissions and committees around the world. He also published extensively, wrote numerous pieces on contemporary art and presented Slovenian artists in comprehensive monographs and exhibition catalogues. He made a huge contribution to the promotion of Slovenian and Yugoslav printmaking across the world. He received numerous national and international accolades for his work, including the Valvasor Award, the Silver Honorary Badge of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia and the French Legion of Honour. Zoran Kržišnik died on 2 July 2008 in Ljubljana. In 2011, a memorial sculpture dedicated to the life and work of Zoran Kržišnik by academy-trained sculptor Matjaž Počivavšek was unveiled in front of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.
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
Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Arhive.
Openning of the exhibition
Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near
Friday, 31 January, at 1 pm, MGLC
The opening will include a guided tour by the artist Helena Tahir and the exhibition curator Božidar Zrinski.
Helena Tahir: Print (4),
from the series In the Whirl
(90 x 65 cm, linocut, 2017).
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.