26th Biennial of Graphic Arts
23 June - 2 October 2005
The artistic director for the 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts is the respected Slovene art historian Jure Mikuž. The concept emphases the 50th anniversary of the event, diversity of views on contemporary graphic arts and a process as an organizational approach to staging an exhibition. He has invited eighteen prestigious institutions from all over the world to each present an exhibition that attempts to answer the question: What are the graphic arts today? Their answers will give form to the artistic criteria of the cultural and geographic settings in which these institutions operate and in this way will help to constitute a postcolonial perspective on art. This approach underscores the great variety of art today as it exists in our globalising world.
The title of this year's Biennial, Thrust, speaks to the power of the Biennial, which for fifty years has been one of the engines of both Slovene culture and international graphic arts. The title also alludes to the power of art to trigger an array of responses, thoughts, and emotions, as well as to the meaning of the local as opposed to the global.
The 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts will be addressing actual questions and dilemmas concerning the situation and development of graphic arts production in the widest sense of the word. It begins with the symposium in December 2004 at the MGLC and ends with the exhibition in June 2005 in Tobačna Ljubljana.
Opening: 23 June 2005 at 9 p.m. in front of Tobačna Ljubljana, Tobačna 5