For fifteen years, Bojan Kovačič (19492017) led printmaking courses in the National Gallery of Slovenia. Before his
unexpected death in late 2017, his courses were attended by one hundred
students. In 2009 Bojan Kovačič donated his entire production of prints to the
National Gallery of Slovenia. Last year his widow Elena Martello Kovačič
completed his donation by adding prints produced between 2011 and 2017. The
exhibition is dedicated to the teacher's memory and to his students at the
National Gallery of Slovenia.
In comparison to other members of the Ljubljana Printmaking
School, Kovačič experienced a different kind of training. He was a student at
the Brera Art Academy and at the same time worked in printmaking workshops that
produced prints for some of the most outstanding members of the School of
Paris. His printmaking routine was focused on technical control, while
improvisation and experimentation with the medium paved the way to innovation.
He was the first to print from perforated plates, a feature Bogdan Borčić, one
of his teachers, systematically integrated into his working method.
As a teacher, Kovačič knew how to listen to the
needs of each of his students, found out his/her specific inclinations,
understood his/her potential and thus stimulated his/her graphic expression.
original idea of Professor Marjan Pogačnik was for an experimental workshop on
intaglio printing techniques to come to life at the National Gallery of
Slovenia. In addition to Pogačnik’s graphic oeuvre and documentary material,
Marjan and Bogica Pogačnik also donated to the National Gallery of Slovenia two
of the artist’s printing presses and other printmaking equipment, which made up
the material foundation for setting up the workshop.
the donor's request, the mentorship and running of the workshop was taken on by
Professor Bojan Kovačič, who based his approach on a typical studio working
process in an intaglio printmaking workshop. The educational programme included
training in classical intaglio printmaking techniques, such as drypoint,
etching, aquatint, vernis-mou, sugar-lift aquatint, and their combinations.
the years 2004 and 2018, more than a hundred printmaking enthusiasts were initiated
into the mysteries of the procedures of intaglio techniques. Many participants
attended the workshop for several years. Among them were students, professors,
curators, restorers, architects, art teachers, art historians, textile
designers, lawyers, pensioners ... We have put a selection of their best prints
Smrekar, Kristina Preininger, Tina Mohorović
for the exhibition
was supported by
21 March – 19 May 2019
National Gallery of Slovenia