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25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts - installation view

16.12.2003 Les Mardis de l’Art

Les Mardis de l'Art - The International Biennal of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia (1955–2003): history, importance, development and revitalisation.

Lecture by Bozidar Zrinski

The first International Biennial of Graphic Arts took place in Ljubljana in 1955. The special geopolitical position of former Yugoslavia and the foundation of the "Non-Aligned Movement" enabled the country to act as a connection between East and West, North and South. Artists from the US, the Soviet Union, China, Finland, Austria, Algeria and South Africa met in a single spot: Ljubljana. The Ljubljana Biennial adopted the same structure as the Venice Biennial and added one new element: the competition was open and artists could send their works without being officially invited. The main exhibition of the 25th jubilee Biennial was curated by Christophe Cherix. It was devoted to printmaking and, in a broader sense, to the multiplied image. Different art projects were presented in gallery and non-gallery spaces (projects in daily newspapers and on billboards). Most invited artists commissioned their projects especially for the biennial exhibition.

Born in 1974. In November 2000 appointment as curator at the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
Main projects:
1999-2000 Assistant coordinator of Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana
2000-2001 Project coordinator of the24th International Biennial of Graphic Arts
2002-2003 Coordinator of the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts

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25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts - installation view