A FRIEND OF THE BIENNIAL receives the following benefits in 2018:

• Free admission to all exhibitions.
• Free expert excursion to the centre of Slovenia, where we will also stop at the Museum of Too Modern Art. The idea for the museum concept was born in 1998 when the works of Oliver Marčeti were returned to the artist by an eminent Ljubljana gallery with the justification that they were too modern. We will take a look at the current exhibition and the permanent exhibition of the protagonists of the Too Modern Movement in the company of the ideological head of the museum. We will then proceed to the geometric centre of Slovenia – Vače, see the replica of the famous Vače situla and other archaeological finds from the 5th and 6th centuries before Christ. Our journey will conclude at Bogenšperk Castle, where Johann Weichard von Valvasor lived and worked. He was inspired by German topographical painting in conceiving his ambitious publishing programme. Since there were no printing companies in Carniola at the time that could prepare the visual material for his planned topographic works, he set up a printmaking and copper-plate engraving workshop and printer's himself: "I was also – without bragging – the first to introduce copper-plate printing to this famous duchy. Yes, here at Bogenšperk, I made such a workshop myself in 1678, keeping copper engravers and printers with me at the castle for several years." (The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, vol. 11, p. 620)
• Viewing of a selected artist's printmaking studio.
This time, Zora Stančič has invited us to her studio. If you ask Zora Stančič whether she is a visual artist or a graphic artist, she will reply that she is a visual artist. "My work is produced in various mediums, so I say that I am a visual artist. Still, I can say that I think printmaking is the most exciting." Her works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, the Albertina in Vienna, the Fonds national d'art contemporain/National Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris and the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. She also works in other fields such as architecture, design and film.
• Pre-festive workshop making original New Year's greeting cards. The workshop is conducted by Admir Ganić, printing master.
• New Year's greeting card – a small fine art graphic print by an invited artist.
• 30% discount on all MGLC publications
• 15% discount on all workshops and courses
• 15% discount on purchases of fine art graphic prints.
• A fine art graphic print from the MGLC Print Studios upon the recommendation and signing up of a new member.
• 10% discount on the renewal of membership.
• A welcome gift when signing up.
•  12-month membership fee: 25 €
• 12-month membership fee for those aged 60 years and over, 14 years and under, pupils and students: 15 €

You can join the Club of the Friends of the Biennial of the International Centre of Graphic Arts by filling in the Membership Form and presenting your identity card and pupil/student ID card at the MGLC Ticket Office and paying the appropriate membership fee. Your Membership Card will be sent to you within 14 days of joining, or can alternatively be picked up at the MGLC Ticket Office. The membership card is valid for one year from the date of joining.

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The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

The Secret Life of Books, literary panel discussion

Wednesday, 23 May, at 6 pm
Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free

The literary panel discussion cycle consists of monthly meetings and debates. We touch upon current topics that are in one way or another connected to the Švicarija Creative Centre through the selected books.

Ivan Cankar also lived, created and socialised in Švicarija. This time we will present him as a political activist and thinker, but
we will also take a peek into his private life.

The following invited guests are taking part in the debate: Marjetka Krapež and Andrej Koritnik; the debate is led by: Nika Kovač.

The books selected for debate is A Bouquer of Cankar's Letters.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.


Promenade Family Festival and the Voices of Tivoli, storytelling about Švicarija

Saturday, 19 May, 10.00–20.00
Švicarija Creative Centre, Tivoli Park, free of charge

How did they dress in the past, how did they carry themselves, what did they say and what did they do? Ljubljana Promenade, Tivoli and Švicarija in the past and today! The Promenade Family Festival consists of two all-day workshops and a conclusion in the form of storytelling. It is intended for children, families and all generations!

Creative workshops at which we explore the social history of Švicarija, 10.00–17.00

The Promenade like Once Upon a Time
A scenographic workshop at which we produce mini-scenes – the scenery of the former promenade life in Tivoli.
Concept: Samo Lapajne, academy-trained painter, set and costume designer.

Seeing and Placing Oneself on View
We make large-scale paintings, which we then place into the space.
Concept: Ana Sluga, Švicarija Creative Centre studio user, painter, photographer and video artist.

Closing event of the day at 18.00

The Voices of Tivoli, recounting true stories about Švicarija
Tivoli is full of stories, the wildest and juiciest are only known to the trees, never to be passed on to you. But some have remained written down, some have been told and some are being whispered about. We have dug up some special ones about the restored Švicarija. They will be given original interpretations by narrators and musicians who are known to many from the radio waves of Radio Študent and from the CDs Za 2 groša fantazije.

Stories recounted by: Ciril Horjak – dr. Horowitz, Boštjan Napotnik- Napo, Katja Preša, Srečko Meh and Ana Ličina. Music: Andrej Fon.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

Visiting artists!
Public talk: Declan Clarke (Berlin) and Nikita Kadan & Anna Zvygintseva (Kijev)

Tuesday, 15 May at 5pm
Švicarija Creative Centre

You are kindly invited to attend public talk of the artists who are currently part of two 'artists in residency' programmes in Ljubljana; they are hosted by Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre (MGML) and Švicarija Creative Centre (MGLC).

At Švicarija Creative Centre currently resides Berlin-based artist Declan Clarke, while Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre hosts artist's tandem Nikita Kadan and Anna Zvygintseva from Kyev.

Public talk will be moderated by Alenka Gregorič (MGML - Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana) and Miha Colner (MGLC - International Centre of Graphic Arts). The guest artists will present their creative practices, showcase the works which are in the making during the residency period, share their world views and much more.

Declan Clarke is the laureate of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana (2013) and is now included in the programme of research residency programme at Švicarija Creative Centre.

Nikita Kadan & Anna Zvygintseva, current residents at Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, will showcase their new exhibition project at Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre at the end of the month.

The talk will be held in English language!

Declan Clarke: Group Portrait with Explosives (2014).
Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.



David Lynch: Fire on Stage


Tuesday guided tours of the exhibition

Tuesday, May 22, at 6 pm.

Every Tuesday in May and June
at 6 pm.
Every Tuesday in July at 7 pm.

Guided tours in Slovenian and English, conducted by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil.

Occasionally also guided tours by curators and guests; please follow

Admission payable

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

13. 4.–29. 7. 2018

The first presentation of the American film director, scriptwriter, photographer, painter, musician and printmaker David Lynch in Slovenia. The Fire on Stage show offers a selection of seventy fine art graphic prints produced in the lithography technique. The presentation is rounded off by paintings from private collections, watercolours, as well as a selection of experimental and animated films. What all the displayed works have in common is the intertwining of the surrealistic, expressive and grotesque, by which a Lynchian atmosphere is established. This is followed in the exhibition set-up with a stage-like feel conjured up by set designer Branko Hojnik.

Curator: Božidar Zrinski.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

(Psychodrama) Encounter with Lynch

Sunday, 27 May, 11.00–16.00

The workshop is part of the programme of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage.

The experiential workshop involves becoming acquainted with the main ideas about creativity from Lynch's book Catching the Big Fish along with psychodrama techniques. It is intended to actively explore one's own creativity through enactment. Would you like to (as you put yourself into their role) meet with your own ocean as well as the big and small creative fish in it, or perhaps even with Lynch himself?

The workshop is conducted by Tomi Janežič, theatre director and associate professor at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT).

The workshop will be held in two parts with one break. Participants must be present from beginning to end. The number of applicants is limited. Advance bookings taken up till the available quota at

Admission fee: 5 EUR (ticket to view the exhibition)


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGCL Archive.

International Museum Day 

Friday, 18 May, 10.00–18.00

Free entrance on the exhibition
David Lynch, Fire on Stage.