EU projects
 

Perennial Biennial


Perennial Biennial
 

Partners in the project:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art

Bergen Assembly

Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA)

Duration: 2018–2022

Description of the project: Europe witnesses significant political and cultural changes regularly putting the cohesion of European countries and actors at risk. This unrest has brought about an urgency and desire for closer collaboration in the arts. The Perennial Biennial is a partnership of five European Contemporary Art Biennials working together to develop and explore sustainable models for perennial practices in the biennial field. 

The Perennial Biennial runs as a year-round collaboration and aims to challenge and further the field of biennial practice and strengthen European biennial collaboration across five partners in Germany, Latvia, Slovenia, Norway and the UK and in partnership with the International Biennial Association (IBA). Liverpool Biennial, Berlin Biennial, RIBOCA, MGLC and Bergen Assembly are working together on this programme for four years from september 2018 until september 2022.

The project will support research, writing and the formulation of new narratives in the biennial field through collaborative working, staff exchanges and the sharing of expertise and models for sustainable practice. Its aim is to create a dynamic European platform of exchange which will strengthen the contemporary Art sector at global, European and local level.

The project is supported by Creative Europe which is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors.
 

Creative Europe

 

In From the Margins
EU Art Residency Project

Partners in the project:
Internaitonal centre of Graphic Arts – MGLC (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Cork Printmakers (Ireland) – coordinator
Edinburgh Printmakers (UK)
Aga Lab Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Funen Printmaking Studio, Odense (Denmark)

Duration: 2020–2023

Description of the project:
The three-year EU project (2020–2023) is based on art residencies carried out in five European countries by migrant artists, or artists marked by a sense of displacement. The partners host the artists on a month-long printmaking residency in their studios. In addition to producing artworks, they also prepare a programme for schools and local migrant communities. The project is socially engaged and based on helping the artists integrate into the new local and cultural environment. The final exhibition with a publication will take place in Edinburgh in 2023. 

 

 

Printmaking for Everyone

Programme: ERASMUS+

Duration: 2019–2020

Partner: Cork Printmakers

In cooperation with the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS)

The Printmaking for Everyone project includes an educational visit to a workplace abroad as its main activity and is implemented under the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 1 – learning mobility for individuals. It runs from June 2019 to June 2020 and covers a 14-day training visit by three MGLC employees to the partner fine art printmaking studio Cork Printmakers in Cork, Ireland.

Printmaking for Everyone is conceived as a project that upholds connections with the contents and activities of the Print Studios at MGLC, as well as the education programmes within fine art printmaking and printing techniques for a variety of target groups and orientations. The aim of the project is to exploit the potential of synergy held by MGLC within fine art printmaking, to promote graphic creativity and skill, to cooperate with recognised experts in the field of art printing, to establish work placements for specific professional profiles and above all to establish long-lasting cooperation with local and foreign institutions that can contribute support to our institution.

We decided to collaborate with Cork Printmakers since they act as catalysts for ideas and dialogue in their environment and we are confident that this kind of knowledge can also be transferred to the local environment of Ljubljana and further afield nationally. A strong point of contact is also the synergy of the long-term goals of international collaboration (mobility of masters, programmes, artists and exhibitions).
 

         

 

Cooperation of 4 biennials: LEISURE, DISCIPLINE AND PUNISHMENT

Partners in the project:

Contour Mechelen, Biennial for Moving Image, Belgium
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden
Liverpool Biennial, The UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, United Kingdom
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of the project: 2012−2014

Description of the project: Part of 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts' Programme is Leisure, Discipline and Punishment project. By premiere presentation of eight artworks Biennial is promoting moving images.

Activities of the project: Production, presentation and promotion of artwork in the frame of all of included biennials.

Financier: Culture Programme

 

Password: Printmaking, Travelling Exhibition and Art Residencies

Partners in the project:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hablar en Arte (HEA), Madrid, Spain
Frans Masereel Centrum (FMC), Kasterlee, Belgium
Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti (MMSU), Rijeka, Croatia
Tallin Print Triennial (TPT), Tallinn, Estonia
International Print Society in Krakow (SMTG), Krakow, Poland

Duration of the project: 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2014

Description of the project: Password: Printmaking is a project funded by the European Union Culture Programme, involving six European institutions whose work is dedicated to the research, promotion, collection and/or production of modern and contemporary graphic printing and art publications. The project coordinator is MGLC. The project has been stimulated by the different views on contemporary printmaking and the attempts to promote its popularisation and evaluation within the field of contemporary art practices.

The main objectives of the project are: to contribute to the greater visibility of contemporary European art printmaking and reproducible artistic practices related to print, to allow artists to create and become known outside their national environments, to contribute to a better visibility of the international institutions dedicated to the promotion, production, collection and education in the field of the graphic arts, to produce a creative dialogue between artists, experts, institutions and audiences, to contribute to the circulation of artworks across Europe, and to consolidate the theoretical bases for the evaluation of the contemporary graphic arts.

Activities of the project: The partners in the project will implement the set objectives through various activities, which will be devoted to fans of printmaking as well as those who deal with it professionally. During the course of the project, meetings will be held for the project co-organizers, residencies for artists and curators (16), a staff exchange programme in the field of the graphic arts (6), workshops and events, a travelling exhibition and an international conference. Activities will be taking place at various locations in the six European countries. The travelling exhibition’s first stop will be at MGLC in Ljubljana. The exhibition selected by six curators will present the works of 24 artists from the EU countries taking part in the project.

Financier: Culture Programme

Artists’ Books on Tour, Artist Competition and Mobile Museum 

Partners in the project:

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, Austria
International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Museum of Decorative Arts (UPM), Prague, Czech Republic

Duration of the project: 2010–2012

Description of the project: The project partners MAK, UPM and MGLC organized an international competition on the theme of artists’ books in 2011, in order to stimulate the production and promotion of artists’ books as an art form. Partners also digitized their existing collections of artists’ books.

Activities of the project: The result of the competition was a travelling exhibition of selected works carried out as a mobile museum. 

Project funding: Culture Programme

Living Memory, Artist Publications in Europe – A Network for Indexing, Presentation and Communication 

Partners in the project:

Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Centre national de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé, Paris, France
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of the project: 2008–2010

Description of the project: The purpose of the project was to link the knowledge and practice of the partners in the field of cataloguing art publications and establish a system of guidelines that would help to further the work of all those involved in art publications.

Activities of the project: The project also included three specific exhibitions in the field of art publications. The most visible result of the project was the publication of the Manual for Artists’ Publications, Cataloguing Guidelines, Definitions and Descriptions in the English and German languages.

Financier: Culture Programme 

25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts 

Partners in the project: 

International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Kaire-Designe, Vilnius, Lithuania

Duration of the project: 2003–2005

Description of the project: The biennial curator Christophe Cherix invited American artist Allen Ruppensberg to participate in the exhibition and create interventions in the space full of artists’ books, newspapers, art ephemera and other art publications produced between 2000 and 2003. He invited independent publishers and artists from around the world to participate in the project.

Activities of the project: The partners in the project were the connecting links between the biennial and the independent publishers and artists from the East and West, whereas the biennial exhibition was transferred to Luxembourg and Vilnius as a virtual event and lecture.

The project resulted in the production of approximately 500 new publications, which have become part of the MGLC collection.

Financier: Culture Programme 2000

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Samuel Grajfoner: The Material Presence of the Mental Imprint

21. 1.–8. 3. 2022
MGLC - Tivoli Mansion

The exhibition presents large-format prints in the techniques of engraving and drypoint, created in recent years and mostly presented to the public for the first time. They reflect the artist's understanding of the creative process as a spontaneous, organic development of the preparation of the matrix, which materialises in an impression on paper or, for the first time, in bronze. 

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Samuel Grajfoner, Untitled (from the cycle Nothing), 2021, engraving

Adriena Šimotová: Encounter. Touch and Imprint.

10 December 2021 to 8 March 2022
Tivoli Mansion

You are welcome to visit the exhibition Encounter. Touch and Imprint. by Adriena Šimotová. This selective retrospective at MGLC features artworks in which Šimotová radicalized the existentially conceived topic of the human personality while engaging in an earnest determination of the conditions and relationships she found relevant. 

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Mi smo tisti, ki jih iščemo I–V, 2011–12, transparentni papir, pigment, pastel, grafit, 111 x 79 cm, Fundacija Adriene Šimotove in Jiříja Johna, Praga

Adrijan Praznik: --WHERE OUR HEARTS HAVE LED US…

7. 1.−13. 2. 2022
MGLC Švicarija

Adrijan Praznik plays various roles in the world of art – he is a painter, illustrator, curator, producer and artistic director of Simulaker Gallery in Novo mesto. In January 2022, he completed a two-year artist residency at MGLC Švicarija. Upon his departure, he prepared the exhibition --WHERE OUR HEARTS HAVE LED US... The spatial installation of two large-scale paintings raises questions that illustrate his work and research focus in 2021 particularly. Namely, he is concerned with the form and status of the artwork, the appropriation of the media image and the combination of pictorial means of expression as well as materials.

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.