On the ground floor of Švicarija is the Stojan Batič Memorial Studio (1925–2015), which is a reconstruction of the sculptor's studio in Svetčeva ulica in the Rožna dolina district of Ljubljana.

Stojan Batič left his mark on post-war Slovenian sculpture with his creative work. He inherited his first studio in Gallusovo nabrežje from his professor at the Ljubljana Academy, the sculptor Frančišek Smerdu. However, when the artist visited Paris for the first time in 1956, he was already working in a studio in Švicarija. He worked here in the period from 1954 to 1959. In 1957, he created the sculpture Ballet, which can be seen as we walk along the Jakopič Promenade past the fountain to Grad Tivoli. In 1959, Batič moved to a new studio at Svetčeva ulica 1, and his work followed a new direction under the influence of Ossip Zadkine.

The current spatial reconstruction revives the atmosphere and set-up of this very studio. It allows us to become acquainted with the sculptor's oeuvre, his drafts for famous monumental works and his small sculpture pieces, to which Stojan Batič paid much attention. Among others, both self-portraits are exhibited here, even one of the first resting girl nudes in fired clay, a monumental figure of a miner in plaster, a version of the glass Composition with which he completed his famous series in glass Explosion, drawings from the Tragos cycle, while among the terracottas we note works from the cycles Ithaca, European Legends, Slovenian Myths and Legends, as well as other small sculptures.

The studio also houses some of the artist's personal belongings, documentation, tools he used in his work, as well as the artworks the artist exchanged with his friends (the large canvas by Stane Kregar, the portrait of his wife Milena, a work by Vladimir Lakovič).

As the entire ground floor of Švicarija is dedicated to public programmes, the revival of Batič's studio, together with the presentations, talks and lectures on art, sculpture workshops, or simply the possibility of becoming acquainted with the rich artistic heritage of the past century, represents an extraordinary experience. The Stojan Batič Memorial Studio is both a museum installation and a space that inspires creativity.

Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

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Prints and Impressions 2

Prints and Impressions 2
5. 7.–2. 10. 2022
MGLC Grad Tivoli

Opening: Tuesday, 5 July, at 7 pm

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.


Summer in Tivoli '22

5.–28. 7. 2022
Grad Tivoli and MGLC Švicarija

For the twelfth year in a row, Tivoli Park and Švicarija will be transformed into the city's largest green and fresh cultural venue this summer. Concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and guided tours, creative workshops - a diverse art programme ensures that summer evenings in nature will be refreshing and unforgettable. 



Lea Culetto: On the Rag

1. 6.–31. 7. 2022
MGLC Švicarija

After the first year of living and working in the studio for young artists at MGLC Švicarija, Lea Culetto presents her works in which she exposes taboos and ideas about the female body and the social validation and stigmatisation associated with it.The project On teh Rag consists of simple white T-shirts with prints of the artist's menstrual stain on the back. The message is also more direct, decoded, revealed – the intimate act of menstruation passes into the public space and discourse with the imprint of menstrual blood on custom-made T-shirts.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.