HISTORY OF NOVO MESTO AND ITS MOVABLE HERITAGE (Exhibition)
Within the framework of European Capital of Culture, The Museum of Dolenjska will present the urn artistry of Novo mesto with an exhibition of documentary photography and a prestigious monograph on urns from Novo mesto. In the early Iron Age period (8th - 4th century BC), Novo mesto was a large center of population with a large fortified settlement on Marof hill, around which several barrow cemeteries and individual burial mounds have been found. The archaeological excavations, which have been taking place ever since the end of the 19th century, have revealed fifty-three earthen mounds with over thousand studied graves from the early Iron Age, which included a large number of archaeological artifacts. Among them, there are nine bronze urns that represent the height of artistic expression of Iron Age Europe. As an important contribution to global cultural heritage, urns from Novo mesto remind us of the important role Dolenjska region had in the first millennium BC in development of European culture. The urn artists from Novo mesto were among the leading creators in a period when European civilization was only emerging. As the keeper of this important heritage, The Museum of Dolenjska strives to present the public the urns whose aesthetic values still shine after so many centuries, even though they were cast in fragile bronze. Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00-18:00; Saturday+Sunday: 9:00-13:00 in14:00-17:00. more
from 25 November to 31 December (2011-2014)
HISTORY OF NOVO MESTO AND ITS MOVABLE HERITAGE, Dolenjska and its People (Exhibition)
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00-17.00; Sunday: 9.00-13.00 more
from 30 November to 31 December (2012-2014)
Wheel, 5,200 years
Apart from featuring the world's oldest surviving wooden wheel with an axel, found by archaeologists at the Ljubljana Moors in 2002, the exhibition presents the Ljubljana Moors' prehistoric pile-dwelling culture and the history of the invention of the wheel.
The Ljubljana Moors are a site where archaeologists found more than 10,000 objects dating from different periods in history. The remains of the prehistoric pile-dwelling culture that developed in the area have been given UNESCO World Heritage status.
The most important of all the finds discovered at the Ljubljana Moors is the world's oldest surviving wooden wheel, crafted between 3350 and 3100 BC. Expert analyses suggest that the ash wood wheel and its oak wood axle were made using a remarkably advanced technology, which took into consideration fluctuations due to wood expansion and contraction and included sophisticated methods for joining parts.
The exhibition is accompanied by a wide and varied programme of educational and other events.
To learn more about the world's oldest wooden wheel and view a virtual exhibition on it, please visit the official website dedicated to it.
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from 24 May to 20 April (2013-2014)
Doors. Spatial and Symbolic Passageways of Life
In this exhibition, doors are presented as objects of historical heritage offering an insight into the life of the residents of different parts of Slovenia. They tell stories about the people they were made by as well as those who lived behind them.
The exhibition brings together all kinds of doors and related objects, from Slovenia’s oldest known doors, keys, and locks sourced from various museums and private collections to modern, state-of-the-art examples. The doors tell stories about life in different parts of the country, the rise and fall of families, the development of homes, the understanding of privacy, openness and closedness, and everyday life and festivities.
The exhibition presents various aspects of doors as symbolic passageways, dealing also with keys and thresholds, which have a similar symbolic meaning as doors. It presents the symbolic power of doors as captured in beliefs, customs, habits, proverbs, sayings, etc. Apart from that, it also brings together poems, prose texts, paintings, and sculptures inspired by doors. more
from 11 October to 1 November (2013-2014)
Gabrijel Stupica: A Retrospective
2013 marked the birth centenary of Gabriel Stupica, one of the greatest Slovenian 20th century’s painters. To mark this occasion, Ljubljana’s Museum of Modern Art put on a major retrospective of his work, which will continue to be on display until mid-May 2014.
The exhibition is a comprehensive and systematic chronological presentation of the work of one of the most important Slovenian modernist painters. It brings together more than 300 works, including 123 paintings and 170 drawings, gouaches, temperas, and watercolours on paper from all periods of the artist’s career. more
from 18 December to 15 May (2013-2014)
Dance Evenings at Ljubljana Castle
These monthly social dance evenings scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year except in July and August are held in the unique surroundings of Ljubljana Castle. The highlight of the year is the Dance under the Stars, held in the castle's courtyard in June.
Rather than focusing on a single dance style, the Dance Evenings at Ljubljana Castle feature differently themed dance events appealing to a wide range of social dance lovers. They are an excellent opportunity for dancing to the rhythms of Latin and ballroom dances, the popular salsa, bachata, mambo, Argentine tango, disco hustle, square rumba, West Coast swing, etc. more
from 18 January to 20 December
Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia: The Journey Within - open-air photographic exhibition
Ljubljana's popular outdoor gallery located in Tivoli Park hosts an exhibition of one hundred photographs taken by the British photographer Deborah Beer during the shooting of Andrei Tarkovsky's cinematic masterpiece Nostalghia (1983). The photographs are being displayed to the public for the first time.
Andrei Tarkovsky is considered to be one of the best film directors of all time. He wrote himself into film history with his distinctive and unique style and a poetic approach to the theme of spiritual search. The photographs taken on the set of Nostalghia, his last but one film, are sourced from the Gideon Bachmann Collection, which is held by the photographic archives of Cinemazero Images in Pordenone, Italy.
The world premiere of the exhibition Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia: The Journey Within is part of a project called Year of Cinema, which marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of a cinema in the Kolodvorska ulica street in Ljubljana (now known as the Kinodvor cinema) and 50 years of the Slovenian Cinematheque in the Miklošičeva ulica street. more
from 30 January to 27 April
The Present and Presence – Repetition 6: Install Yourself!
The exhibition Present and Presence brings together works by Slovenian, Balkan, and Eastern European artists created from the 1960s to the present day. Themed on the concept of contemporaneity, the exhibition deals with various forms of time.
The sixth edition of the exhibition presents a selection of works from the Arteast 2000 and the national collection of Moderna galerija, the city’s museum of modern and contemporary art. The selected works bring into focus the rhythm of space in installation art. Visitors to the exhibition can enter the works on display and thus co-create their specific ambience.
The exhibition showcases representative works by a number of renowned artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Ivan Kožarić, Stanisław Dróżdż, and Marko Pogačnik (as a member of the OHO art group). It also features works by important artists of the middle and younger generation such as Apolonija Šušteršič and Tomaž Furlan, and a selection of works by the giants of minimalism Carl André and Bruce Nauman. more
from 11 February to 9 June
Janez Janša: Life II [in progress]
Life II [in progress] is literally a photographic record of lives in the making, with alternating images of pregnant women, mothers and children slowly growing up.
In this project, Slovenian artist Janez Janša explores what happens when the medium of performance, always an event in real-time, is translated back into real life by following certain instructions. more
from 25 February to 4 May
Nancy Spero (USA): The Body
The figurative art of Nancy Spero (1926–2009), American artist, activist and pioneer of feminist art, was defined by the reality of political violence.
The exhibition, whose core is made up of the artist's prints from the MGLC collection, provides and insight into the representation of the female figure as a historical image of the victim. more
from 25 February to 4 May
The Made in China Project
The project represents the multiples that have been produced as individual pieces or as derivatives of bigger gallery products by the selected Slovenian artists.
The multiples of the Made in China project are both commodities and artworks. They seek their path to the audience by following the logic of art and of business.
The project features works by the following artists: Jože Barši, Viktor Bernik, Lada Cerar, Ksenija Čerče, Vuk Ćosić, Boštjan Drinovec, Vadim Fiškin, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Žiga Kariž, Alen Ožbolt, Arjan Pregl, Sašo Sedlaček, Sonda, Veli Amos, Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Sašo Vrabič, Laibach, Vasja Cenčič. more
from 25 February to 21 June
Contemporary Slovenian Painting in the 2nd Millennium
Even if it seemed that contemporary Slovenian painting reached an impasse after the culminations in the 1980s and 1990s, there nevertheless occurred a new and landmark return to the painting, also on the international scale, on the threshold of the new millennium.
A literal revelation of new painting of fresh artistic vigour in the works by Maruša Šuštar, Nika Zupančič, Ksenija Čerče, Katja Sudec, Ana Sluga, Suzana Brborović and Ira Marušič. Furthermore, numerous others are surfacing, the ones who have only begun to evolve their style of exploring and inventing a new painting. more
from 4 March to 20 April
Goran Micevski & Ivan Petrović: In Dialogue with Photography
The Mummy and the Crocodile: The Slovenians Exploring the Lands along the Nile
After nearly a century, the National Museum of Slovenia is putting on display the Egyptian Collection of its predecessor, the Provincial Museum of Carniola. The exhibition reveals the stories of three Slovenian Egyptologists who brought the objects in the collection over to Slovenia.
It is not widely known today that a number of successful explorers of Africa were Slovenian, despite the fact that the achievements of the Slovenian Egyptologists Anton Lavrin, Ignacij Knoblehar, and Josef Švegel (Josef Schwegel in German) were on a par with those of their contemporaries exploring the ancient Egyptian civilization. Apart from the objects that the three Egyptologists donated to the Provincial Museum of Carniola, it was also the stories of their experiences in exotic lands that stirred the imagination of the Slovenian public of their time.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is the mummy of Isahta (A-Keswy-Ta), a priest of Amon, which aroused great public interest at the time it was brought over to Ljubljana along with a stuffed crocodile. The mummy kept at the National Museum is the only human mummy to be held in Slovenia. more
from 21 March to 31 December
100 Years of Slovenian Puppetry
Take the opportunity to view the puppets from some of the classic Slovenian puppet productions and learn about their creators in an exhibition which brings together a selection of puppets designed by renowned Slovenian fine artists over the last one hundred years.
Puppetry in Slovenia has been closely connected with fine art since its earliest beginnings. The pioneer of Slovenian puppetry as an art form, Milan Klemenčič (1875–1957), was a painter himself, educated in Venice, Milan, and Munich, and it was the Italian and German puppetry traditions that he brought to Slovenia. Klemenčič himself was mainly engaged in puppetry inspired by Venetian marionettes.
From Klemenčič's time to the present day, puppets in Slovenia have been designed by premier painters and illustrators. Their unique artistic visions have left an indelible mark on the development of Slovenian puppetry and they have also influenced the development of puppet technology. Thanks to international projects by artists such as Agata Freyer, Breda Varl, Silvan Omerzu, and Barbara Stupica, Slovenian approach to puppetry has won recognition across Europe. more
from 21 March to 7 June
Are you curious to know just how mighty the creatures that inhabited the Earth before humans were? Visit the Volčji Potok Arboretum and view its exhibition of 65 dinosaur sculptures depicting a selection of the most iconic dinosaur species.
Each spring, dinosaurs are a spectacular attraction accompanying a popular annual exhibition of tulips and other beautiful features that can be seen at the Arboretum at this time of the year. Compared to its previous editions, this year's dinosaur exhibition is even larger and more exciting. The dinosaur genera represented include Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Mamenchisaurus, Brachiosaurus, Allosaurus, Iguanodon, Styracosaurus and many others. Some of the sculptures have moving parts and two of them can even walk and run, their movements resembling those of computer-animated dinosaurs. more
from 21 March to 10 June
Qëndresë Deda (Kosova): Here And There - exhibition
The exhibition entitled Tukaj in Tam (Here and There) addresses the direct connection between the present and the past.
It is characterized by elements incised on the identity of the artist, who is torn from her comfort zone, and can be read on spatial and mental levels. Qëndresë Deda presents two series of self-portraits. The introspective self-portraits mostly present parts of her body, complemented and upgraded with keenly emotional and personal texts. By such, she documents her internal and external image and asks where exactly her identity lies and how it is constructed. more
from 27 March to 24 April
Orto Fest - pop & rock club music festival
The programme of the 15th Orto Fest festival features concerts by Slovenian and foreign pop and rock music bands. more
from 2 to 28 April
Huiqin Wang: Ferdinand Avguštin Hallerstein, A Slovenian In The Forbidden City - multimedial exhibition
Janez Kotar: Beyond the City and Villages - open-air photographic exhibition
Have you ever wanted to see things differently, experience a bird’s-eye view in the morning or feel the power of the evening sun through its eyes?
All the photographs in this exhibition were captured with the help of a multicopter, which allows the photographer to raise his view to such heights and make previously impossible views possible. more