The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

8. 2. 2018–6. 1. 2019

The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature project, by which the Švicarija Creative Centre is being introduced into the cultural life of the capital, derives from three basic elements that have marked the history of the building: community, art and nature. The project consists of an exhibition and supplementary exhibition programme inspired by the building that actualises the history of Švicarija, in such a way providing the guidelines for its activities in the future.

The multifaceted exhibition consists of four sections: History, The Stojan Batič Memorial Studio, Architecture and Art. The exhibition takes us through the history and social life of the building, it presents us with activities of the artists in it and highlights its recent renovation. These sections are connected by the artworks arranged along the common spaces of the former hotel, which open up to reflection on the existence of the element of nature as a social construct. A diverse education programme for children, young people, adults and families is characterised by an inclusive, innovative and engaging approach to visitors. In the accompanying programme, we look into the heritage of Švicarija, with more depth, actualising it through lectures, guided tours, talks and other events, in such a way becoming a part of its new life.

Participating artists in the exhibition: Nika Autor, Stojan Batič, Dragica Čadež, Jure Detela, Meta Grgurevič, France Gruden, Sergej Kapus, Janez Lenassi, Karel Plemenitaš, Karel Putrih, Drago Tršar, Dušan Tršar, Lujo Vodopivec, Bilal Yilmaz.

Author of the project: Yasmín Martín Vodopivec.

The exhibition was produced by International Centre of Graphic Arts in cooperation with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana and the Arrea Architecture Bureau. 

Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

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From the MGLC Collection

Milton Glaser, Dylan (1966, offset)
Collection of Art Publications

The story of this poster, which was an insert on Dylan's 1967 album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, goes as follows. After suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1966, the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was bedridden and rumoured to be dead. To generate positive publicity for his forthcoming album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, CBS Records commissioned Milton Glaser to design a special poster to be included with the album. Glaser depicted the singer in profile, with his abundant curly hair rendered in saturated colours that stand out from the background. The intense, almost psychedelic colours can also be seen as the spirit of the time and the flower power generation from the second half of the 1960s.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

Forward to the Past

"Am I a manager? Yes, I am."

Online event on the MGLC website and on the MGLC Ljubljana Facebook profile

Friday, 26 March, at 12 noon 

Following the recent publication of the book "Am I a manager? Yes, I am.", whose author is Gregor Dražil, MGLC curator, we are preparing an online video presentation highlighting interesting facts from the life and work of art historian and promoter of contemporary Slovenian art Zoran Kržišnik.

You are welcome to take a look!

Forward to the Past is an online campaign of the Slovenian Museum Association, which was taking place between 22 and 28 March.

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Welcome to Tivoli Mansion and Švicarija

On Tuesday, 13 April, Tivoli Mansion and Švicarija will once again open their doors wide. We kindly invite you to visit the exhibitions: Invader, Prints on Paper and Sonja Vulpes, Limbo.

And in Švicarija, you can view the Memorial Studio of the sculptor Stojan Batič.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.