Artists: Nika Autor, Stojan Batič, Dragica Čadež, Jure Detela, Meta Grgurevič, France Gruden, Sergej Kapus, Janez Lenassi, Karel Plemenitaš, Karel Putrih, Drago Tršar, Dušan Tršar, Lujo Vodopivec, Bilal Yilmaz
The project Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature, which initiated Švicarija as a residency centre into the cultural life of the capital, was born out of three basic elements that shaped its history: community, art and nature. The project consisted of an exhibition and a complementary exhibition programme inspired by the building, that actualised the history of Švicarija and in this way provided the guidelines for its activities in the future.
The multifaceted exhibition consisted of four sections: History, Stojan Batič Memorial Studio, Architecture and Art. The exhibition took us through the history and social life of the building, it presented us with activities of the artists in the building and shed light on its renovation. These sections were connected by the artworks arranged along the common spaces of the former hotel, which allowed reflection on the existence of the elements of nature as a social construct. A diverse education programme for children, youth, adults and families featured an inclusive, innovative and engaging approach to visitors. In the accompanying programme, the heritage of Švicarija was considered in greater depth and actualised through lectures, guided tours, talks and other events, in such a way becoming a part of its new life.
MGLC Švicarija, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
8 February 2018 – 6 January 2019
Curator and author of the project: Yasmín Martín Vodopivec
Production: International Centre of Graphic Arts
Co-production: The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana and the Arrea Architecture Bureau
Support: Municipality of Ljubljana City, Ministry of Culture of the RS
Photos: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.