International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
|Mednarodni grafični likovni center|
|Pod turnom 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 3800|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 241 3821|
|Founded by||Municipality of Ljubljana|
|Nevenka Šivavec, Director|
|Karla Železnik, Public Relations, Documentation|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 3809|
|Lili Šturm, Senior Custodian, Education and Events|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 3818|
|Breda Škrjanec, Museum Counsellor, Study Room and Collection|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 3805|
|Božidar Zrinski, Curator|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 3804|
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- The Perennial Biennial, 2018
- Password: Printmaking – travelling exhibition and art residencies, 2012
- Leisure, Discipline and Punishment, 2012
- Artists’ Books on Tour - Artists Competition and Mobile Museum, 2010
- Living Memory Artists’ Publications in Europe – A Network for Indexing, Presentation and Communication, 2008
- 25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, 2003
- 8 May 2018 to 22 May 2016
The exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Skopje, at in , more , curated by and (International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), supported by the
- 20 September to 1 October 2016
Simple, Fun and Dangerous, an exhibition featuring works by
programme and ( and ) from the collection of the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, at in ,
- 12 May to 21 August 2016
Repetition, an exhibition featuring works by
programme as well as works by , , , and others from the collection of the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, at in ,
- 14 January 2015
A talk with artist Maska Institute, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana) at in London,
programme at the launch of his book Life II [in Progress] (
- 18 December 2013 to 7 January 2014
Black on White, an exhibition of artists’ magazines and newspapers in Slovenia, organised by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, and Maribor Art Gallery, at in ,
- 3 October to 17 November 2013
+386 Impressions, an exhibition of Slovene contemporary graphic art curated by Stripburger (Strip Core), and (Zlato stegno), , , , , , , and , supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Madrid at in ,
programme (International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), featuring works by
- 25 September to 8 December 2012
Change the Colour! exhibition by BridA ( , , ), produced by International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana at in ,
The idea of establishing MGLC dates back to the mid-1970s as a direct consequence of the development of the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art and the enormous growth of contemporary graphic art production in Slovenia during that period, especially represented by the "Ljubljana Graphic Art School".
This idea was advanced by the secretary of the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art , the then-director of the Museum of Modern Art. In 1981 the MGLC Foundation commenced its first activities and began to adapt the Tivoli Mansion. In 1987 the MGLC moved from the Museum of Modern Art to the renovated mansion positioned majestically at the end of the "promenade" in Ljubljana's Tivoli Park.
Besides the organisation of the Biennial of Graphic Arts and the organisation of other contemporary art exhibitions MGLC also maintains a collection of Slovene and international prints, artists' books, art projects in magazines and on billboards, and other printed art materials. It also edits limited print editions in the techniques of lithography, silkscreen, and intaglio and offers workshops about printing techniques.
Collection of art prints and artists' books
The MGLC collection contains more than 4,500 items created since 1945. Since 2000, the collection has grown by approximately 4,000 items of artist-created printed matter by international and Slovene artists. These works include artist’s books, posters, newspapers, magazines, postcards, printed invitations, greeting cards, fanzines, and artists’ archives.
The collection is also composed of art prints of some representatives of the "École de Paris" such as Zadkine and Picasso (in 2011 shown in the Lek Gallery), works of international established artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Victor Vasarely, Emilio Vedova, Maria Bonomi and also representatives of the "Ljubljana Graphics School". The collection also includes artists' books of international and Slovene artists such as , West East Publications edited by , Damien Hirst and further great names of art history such as Boltansky, Lewitt, Opalka, Buren, Roth, Reiner, and Yves Klein.
Each year MGLC acquires some works. Beside the works of 4 Slovene artists (, , , and ) in 2008 the MGLC also acquired 4 works of foreign artists including White Cube Book of James Lee Byars from 1986 and 54 publications of Bernard Villers entitled Publishing House Remorqueur and Nouveau Remorqueur Archives.
In 2010 the Slovene painter and printmakerdonated to MGLC her entire print oeuvre, including her matrices and four drawings, as well as a large portion of her library.
MGLC organises regular contemporary arts exhibitions, including surveys of national artistic creativity and exhibitions by individual artists, often in collaboration with international institutions such as the British Council Slovenia, French Cultural Institute Charles Nodier, Ljubljana or private collection such as Rene Block Edition from Berlin.
In non-biennial years MGLC prepares 4 to 8 exhibitions. Exhibitions present Slovene and international visual artists as well as phenomena that shaped cultural life in Slovenia. Such an exhibition was FV, Alternative Scene of the Eighties (2008) that shed light on the important social and artistic events in the 1980s, the appearance of the first gay and lesbian clubs, independent publishing houses, multimedia groups, and other forms of counterculture creativity. On this occasion, a video artist and one of the protagonists, donated his entire archive to the MGLC collection. In 2009 MGLC featured May ’68 in Paris and the Student Movement in Ljubljana, 1968–1972. Posters, Film, and Photographs – an exhibition presenting around 80 posters, loaned from the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée in La Louvière (Belgium).
MGLC also stages solo shows and has recently featured Laibach (Gesamtkunst Laibach, Fundamentals 1980–1990, 2010), , , and others., Regina Pessoa, , and , ,
MCLC produces in-depth theoretical publications, full-colour illustrated exhibition catalogues, and other books. Most recently they published the extensive retrospective study Mnemosyne: The Time of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts.
Besides workshops for professional artists, the MGLC organises workshops of various graphic techniques (silkscreen, lithography, woodcutting, linocutting, dry point, and etching) and other special events for children.
Occasionally the MGLC organises also symposia, lectures and public discussions with invited artists, publishers, curators and experts from abroad and guided visits to accompany exhibitions.