MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts: THE EVENT

Marcello Maloberti, Die Schmetterlinge essen die Bananen, 2010
Performans, 23. 9. 2011, in front of Moderno galerijo; photo: Jaka Babnik

23 September - 20 November 2011
29th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Moderna galerija

Opening hours of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Venues of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts: International Centre of Graphic Arts, Museum of Modern Art (Moderna galerija), Jakopič Gallery, Gallery of Cankarjev dom, public non-gallery spaces: Gosposvetska cesta 12 and Vošnjakova ulica 4

Preview: Friday, 23 September 2011

Press conference: Friday, 23 September 2011 at 10 am, International Centre of Graphic Arts

International Symposium, 4 - 5 November 2011:
The Event as a Privileged Medium in the Contemporary Art World

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

The exhibition will present the energy and vitality of the medium of the art event in contemporary art. A selection of art events will be presented in four different groups based on topics that are typical for contemporary art: violence, generosity, emptiness, and the search for the sacred and ritualistic.

These topics were explicitly selected, among other reasons, because the events that thematize them also meet the requirement that they are not something new, neither in terms of their artistic iconographic motifs nor in terms of actual human or social practice. Events in which we can partake with impunity in violence, in "shamanistic" violence to oneself, in Dionysian or absurdist ritual, or in the establishment of an idyllic communitas that shares a common meal are, indeed, activities that, one might say, have been practiced and even depicted for millennia. The cross-section of contemporary art events presented at the exhibition will thus be able to serve as a comparison with similar topoi, practices, and phenomena in other fields, as well as from human history. And this comparison, in particular, could help us as we attempt to come to a stronger theoretical understanding of the art event as a medium of expression and as the functional apparatus of institutions of contemporary art.

For statement by the curator and detail information on the Biennial please visit

List of exhibited artists and projects:
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 and the Hungarian Writers Union), Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Wang Jin, Anna Witt

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