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The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts. It surveys the extension of traditional as well as new approaches to printmaking in response to our 21st-century communications. The exhibition explores the graphic as both form and content, in an invigorated polygraphic terrain that links the work of diverse contemporary artists from around the world.

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curated by Deborah Cullen

Interruption is the 30th edition of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. This installation considers the evolutionary graphic field of contemporary times. Printerly processes touch many types of present-day art. Select, traditional media have evolved and adapted to maintain their relevance, while digital processes, after a long fermentation, have finally taken legitimate hold as artistic tools in their own right. Interruption surveys the extension of traditional as well as new approaches to printmaking in response to our 21st-century communications.
The works included in the Biennial echo and comment on the conditions of the world in which we live: how we receive our information, how we interact – or attempt to – with each other, how we (mis)perceive our world. Clamouring, unfiltered data bombards us. Masquerading commercial and political agendas vie for our attention alongside personal thoughts and images that are more than we can ever possibly absorb. The hyperactivity of text and image begs for our attention. While some artists respond by returning to basic, even primal, forms of image reproduction (fire, shadows, tattoos, gunshots), others embrace the randomness of social media picture boards, the ghostliness of heat-sensitive live-feed video, endless streams of leaked governmental documents, or the brief haikus of the Twittersphere.
Interruption considers both the fresh application of traditional means by leading-edge artists and the innovative incorporation of new printerly technologies in fine-art investigations. Both approaches contemplate our contemporary transmissions as the basis of their works. Interruption explores the graphic as both form and content, in an invigorated polygraphic terrain that links the work of diverse contemporary artists from around the world.

Participating artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Burak Arıkan, Dennis Ashbaugh & William Ford Gibson, Tammam Azzam, Xu Bing, Luis Camnitzer, caraballo-farman, Alex Cerveny, Mario Čaušić, Vuk Ćosić, Milos Djordjevic, Tomás Espina, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze & Gianluigi Scarpa, Mihael Giba, Ana Golici, María Elena González, Meta Grgurevič and Urša Vidic, Dragan IIic, Sanela Jahić, Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Thomas Kilpper, André Komatsu, Gorazd Krnc, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Nicola López, Ivan Marušić Klif, Yucef Merhi, Ottjörg A.C., Renata Papišta, Adam Pendleton, Agnieszka Polska, Zoran Poposki, Marjetica Potrč, Gerhard Richter, Venelin Shurelov, Dario Šolman, Nika Špan, Teo Spiller, Waltraut Tänzler, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Vargas-Suarez Universal, Tomas Vu-Daniel

Deborah Cullen, PhD is Director & Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University in the City of New York. She served as Chief Curator for El Panal/The Hive: 3ra Trienal Poligráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, Puerto Rico (2012). Previously, she was Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York, where she was an editor for the 500-page anthology, Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World (El Museo del Barrio and Yale University Press, 2012). Other exhibitions include Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2009) and the internationally traveling project, Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000 (2008-2011) for which she received an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. She curated Retro/Active: The Work of Rafael Ferrer (2010), and authored the monograph Rafael Ferrer (UCLA, 2012). Cullen wrote her dissertation on the Jamaican-American master printer Robert Blackburn, who founded The Printmaking Workshop in New York in 1948. She was curator of the Printmaking Workshop Print Collection from 1993-1996, and arranged the acquisition of 2500 works from these holdings by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Accompanying Exhibitions at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts

The Biennial of Graphic Arts – Serving You Since 1955
The exhibition presents the history of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts from its beginnings in 1955 to the present. The exhibition features archival television footage, personal testimonies and memoirs, letters and other documents that reveal the Biennial’s journey through nearly six decades, with a focus on selected aspects from past exhibitions.
Curated by Petja Grafenauer, PhD.

Venue: Cankarjev Dom Gallery

Regina José Galindo: The Anatomy Lesson
Exhibition of the Grand Prize Winner of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts
The Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo works in the field of performance, often responding in her art to current socio-political situations, as we saw presented at the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts. This year’s retrospective exhibition at the Jakopič Gallery takes us on a journey through the poetics of the artist’s oeuvre.
Curated by Yasmín Martín Vodopivec, mag.
Venue: Jakopič Gallery − Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML)

Miklós Erdély: The Original and the Copy + Indigo Drawings
On the occasion that the project Unguarded Money organized by Miklós Erdély in 1956 presented at the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts was awarded by the jury with “honorary mention”.
Miklós Erdély (1928–1986) – artist, architect, writer, poet, and filmmaker – was a major figure in the neo-avant-garde and conceptual art of Hungary. The present exhibition of Erdély’s photo-graphic works, indigo works and drawings has been organised with the co-operation of the Miklós Erdély Foundation (EMA).
Curated by Annamária Szőke.
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM)

Also at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts: EU project
Developed with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Leisure, Discipline and Punishment
A collaborative project involving four biennials: The Biennial of Moving Image/Contour Mechelen (Belgium); GIBCA – The Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (Sweden); The Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of Contemporary Art (United Kingdom); The Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana (Slovenia).
New commissioned works by Petra Bauer, Sonia Boyce, Keren Cytter, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Agnieszka Polska, Marinella Senatore, Dario Šolman, Peter Wächtler.
Eight artworks in four different types of locations: business, social, spiritual and recreational.
Artists works on themes such as discipline and dissipation, success and failure, guilt and punishment, in response to the meaning of the given location, adding layers, both in content and form, to express its special character.

The organizer and producer of the Biennial of Graphic Arts is the International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), which was established on the foundations of the Biennial to serve its needs and has the status of a specialized museum and producer of printed and contemporary art.
The director of the International Centre of Graphic Arts is Nevenka Šivavec.

The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts is supported by:
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana
Lek, a Sandoz company, main sponsor
Sponsors: Adriatic Slovenica, Marand, RTV Slovenija, Radio Študent, Media Bus, Tam - Tam
Supported by: Embassy of Hungary, Embassy of the United States of America, Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Ljubljana Tourism, European Commission

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Full program:

Saturday 14 September
11.00: Opening of the exhibition Juan Miró's Printmaking Workshops, Kresija Gallery
19.00: Opening of the exhibition Regina José Galindo: The Anatomy Lesson, Jakopič Gallery

Sunday 15 September
18.00: Conversation with Regina José Galindo, conducted by Mojca Kumerdej, in front of MGLC
19.30: Presentation of the artists featured in the Biennial, a special edition of the Pecha Kucha event, “Powered by PechaKucha”, in front of MGLC

Monday 16 September
19.00: Opening of the exhibition Robert Morris from the MGLC Collection, The Pentagonal Tower, Ljubljana Castle

Tuesday 17 September
19.00: Opening of the exhibition Miklós Erdély: The Original and the Copy + Indigo Drawings, In collaboration with the Hungarian Embassy, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
Wednesday 18 September
19.00: The opening of the exhibition The Biennial of Graphic Arts, Serving You Since 1955, Cankarjev dom Gallery
Jasmina Cibic: Building a Long Passageway, performative installation
Viktor Bernik: Interruption, performance

Thursday 19 September
17.30-19.00: An Evening of True Stories: Interruption, conducted by Tina Janežič and Eric Dean Scott, in front of MGLC
Friday 20 September
18.00: Entre Manos (From Hand to Hand): Cipher, Knot, Nebula. Dancers Nataša Živković and Tina Dobaj Eder will give a guided tour of the exhibition in a subtle dialogue of hands, Jakopič Promenade

Saturday 21 September
16.00-18.00: The first Biennial adventure for children and families
VIP Cars
A workshop for making toy cars out of clay, inspired by the art project of Volodymyr Kuznetsov, conducted by artist Brane Širca, in front of MGLC

For Kindergartens
During the Biennial week, every morning from Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 11.30, in front of MGLC:
Tours and workshops for organised groups of preschool children aged 3 to 6 years
By prior arrangement, t: 01 2413 818, e:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)
Moderna galerija (Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana)
Jakopič Promenade
Park Tivoli
Švicarija Building

Hours: Tue - Sun, 10am – 6pm
Individuals: 10€
9€ price reduced with a 10% discount coupon
6€ ICOM, AICA, SMD, college and university students, pensioners (+65), visitors with special needs
Families: 15€
School groups: 6€ per person
Groups min. 15 persons: 8€ per person
Additional fee of 15€ for a guided tour
Free admission: children (-12), CIMAM, URBANA Tourist Card, KUL abonma, Friends of the Biennial, accredited journalists with appropriate identification

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dal 17/9/2014 al 6/12/2014

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