The International Centre of Graphic Arts is a specialized museum and producer of printed and contemporary art, based on the heritage of the Biennial of Graphic Arts and 20th century art of printing. MGLC was established on 25 December 1986 by the city of Ljubljana, upon the initiative of the longtime head of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and director of MGLC, dr. Zoran Kržišnik.
It has been the job of MGLC from the outset to perform a number of activities that are interrelated and complementary in their nature. It takes care of the extensive collection of prints and artists’ books produced after the Second World War. Works from the collection are available to view in the Study Room and are accompanied by a library accessible to the public.
The institution’s most recognizable activity is the Biennial of Graphic Arts, which is known as the world’s oldest graphic arts event.
The symbol for the Biennial of Graphic Arts was created in 1963 by Jože Brumen, and the International Centre of Graphic Arts took it as its own once it was established.
Prints and Impressions 2
5. 7.–2. 10. 2022
MGLC Grad Tivoli
The exhibition is the result of a public call for submissions to Slovenian artists of all generations actively working in the field of fine art printing and printmaking. It serves as a starting point for further research into Slovenian graphic production and its involvement in the contemporary visual art practices.
An international expert jury consisting of Barbora Kundračíková (CZ), Mario Čaušić (HR) and Miloš Đorđević (RS) selected the works of 43 artists from the 114 submissions.
In from the Margins - European residency programme - at MGLC
In from the Margins programme is an art residency opportunity for migrant and refugee artists or artists who identify with experience of displacement.
The programme seeks to break down barriers and create opportunities for refugee artists and local communities to share and to learn from each other while being supported by the resources and expertise of print studios.
As part of the project, MGLC has announced six residencies and has selected the following artists for the residencies: Qëndresë Deda, Francisco Tomsich, Maja Živko, Lina Rica, Azad Karim and Azadeh Hashemzadeh.
In April 2022 MGLC was hosting Lina Rica. The artist, who knows the challenges of moving from her own experience, was working on the topic of home. In May, we hosted Maja Živka, who researched the feelings that are projected through different living spaces. In June, Azadeh Hashemzadeh created in our Print studio, whose residency was terminated early and will continue at the end of August. You will be able to see her work in the Print Studio on August 31 between 5 and 7 p.m.
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.