The Event—The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana / Slovenija

October 20, 2011

23 September–20 November 2011

Symposium: The Event as a Privileged Medium in the Contemporary Art World
Friday, 4 November, 11 p.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, 5 November, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: the auditorium of the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna galerija), Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana

The symposium will try to come to terms with the event-orientation of the art field and art institutions; it will explore, as thoroughly as possible, the meaning of this general change in the nature of the work of art institutions, which only a few decades ago were calmly and quietly exhibiting “static” art production on walls and pedestals. The art field seems to be, in this sense, an entirely unreflected structure, although its event production has reached extraordinary dimensions thanks to the large and ever-growing number of art institutions. In this context, we should also emphasize explicitly the fact that in recent decades art institutions have not only preserved and exhibited contemporary art, but they have also been commissioning and producing it (along with all the other events). Because art institutions have thus become commissioners of contemporary art, similar in type and dimension to what the aristocracy and the church once were, it seems all the more necessary to consider in precise terms what such processes mean.

We will ask ourselves such questions as: What kinds of speech and iconography are thus created, and why? What kinds of communities are thus formed, and why? How are all these things included in the general operation of society and how do they behave as a contemporary ideological apparatus?

A varied cast of anthropologists, philosophers, historians, and art historians have been announced: Luisa Accati, Beatrice von Bismarck, Thomas Fillitz, Dario Gamboni, Werner Hanak-Lettner, Nathalie Heinich, Bojana Kunst, Henrietta L. Moore, Michael Newman, Robert Pfaller, Renata Salecl, Roger Sansi-Roca.

Admission is free.

The symposium will be broadcast live on the website.
For detail information on the Symposium and the Biennial please visit

List of exhibited artists and projects of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana:
Ant Farm, Oreet Ashery, Bababa International, Robert Barry, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Jerzy Bereś, Karmelo Bermejo, Anna Berndtson, Conny Blom, János Borsos, Tania Bruguera, Graciela Carnevale, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Marcus Coates, Brody Condon, Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita, Marco Evaristti, Terry Fox, Dora García, Félix González-Torres, Núria Güell, Manuel Hartmann, Alfredo Jaar, Jaša, Enrique Ježik, Regina José Galindo, San Keller, Daniel Knorr, Božena Končić Badurina, Gregor Kregar, Siniša Labrović, Liz Magic Laser, Marcello Maloberti, Teresa Margolles, Kris Martin, Dalibor Martinis, Dane Mitchell, Shana Moulton, Kusum Normoyle, OHO Group / The Šempas Family / Milenko Matanović / David Nez / Marko Pogačnik, Once is Nothing (Presentation of an exhibition curated by Mária Hlavajová and Charles Esche as part of the 2008 Brussels Biennial), Serkan Özkaya, Kim Paton, Mark Požlep, Praxis (Brainard & Delia Carey), Public Movement, Franc Purg & Sara Heitlinger, Sal Randolph, Maruša Sagadin, Hans Schabus, Santiago Sierra, Mladen Stropnik, Sz.A.F., Tan Ting, Unguarded Money (Presentation of an action carried out in Budapest in 1956 by Miklós Erdély, his friends, and members of the  Hungarian Writers Union), Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Wang Jin, Anna Witt

The curator of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana is Beti Žerovc.

Venues of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts: International Centre of Graphic Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Jakopič Gallery, Gallery of Cankarjev dom, exhibition sites on Gosposvetska cesta 12 and Vošnjakova ulica 4. Viewing hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm.

Mednarodni grafični likovni center / International Centre of Graphic Arts
Grad Tivoli, Pod turnom 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia,
T + 386 (0)1 2413 800,

Press contact:
Lili Šturm: T + 386 (0)1 2413 818, lili.sturm [​at​]