Plečnik: The Metropolis, Place, Garden
A central exhibition of the Plečnik Year 2022 sheds light on Plečnik’s architectural oeuvre and unveils numerous innovative ideas and techniques, which this multifaceted artist used in his diverse fields of creative work. The exhibition offers an opportunity for a reflection on Plečnik’s ideas and an artistic view of them in the 21st century.
The exhibition, with which we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, presents Plečnik’s realised and unrealised projects, notes, sketches, plans, models, and sculptures. With selection of materials, it wants to map out Plečnik’s conceived space, created during a time of radical political changes, within the frame of three metaphors – metropolis, place, garden.
Concepts that are, to a degree, connected with Vienna, Prague, and Ljubljana, but not fully. If we were to limit Plečnik’s work to the physical space of cities, we would miss his thought, which constantly interlaced all three experiences within his superlative architecture.
How to think, interpret, and live Plečnik today?
Over time, Plečnik’s work has been discussed in various concepts and different vocabularies, each created by its era’s cultural, social, and political contexts as well as the subjective understanding of the researchers and authors. This Glossary, an independent exhibition project, is based on a reflection regarding the meaning of Plečnik’s creations for the present times. Concepts and ideas suggested by contemporary artists, architects, designers, and theoreticians, establish a new lexical fond for the actualisation and understanding of Plečnik in the context of today. Plečnik’s work and approaches were not processed as part of history but rather as an active and provocative source of new ideas, projects, and visions.
City Museum of Ljubljana
Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Represented by: Blaž Peršin, Director
Project Manager: Maja Kovač
Author of the exhibition: Nika Grabar
Co-autor of the exhibition: Blaž Vurnik
Texts: Nika Grabar, Blaž Vurnik, Ana Porok
Quotes taken from: Plečnik's letters and diaries, Plečnik House, MGML; France Stele, Arhitekt Jože Plečnik v Italiji, 1898–1899, 2022; Dušan Grabrijan, Plečnik in njegova šola, 1968; Janko Omahen, Izpoved, 1976; Anton Suhadolc, Plečnik in jaz, 1985
Selection of the exhibition source content: Nika Grabar, Ana Porok, Janja Šušnjar, Maruša Zorec
Autor of Plečnik and Contemporaneity: Glossary: Maja Vardjan
Co-autors of Plečnik and Contemporaneity: Glossary: Tomaž Štoka, Špela Spanžel
Authors of the glossary: Dan Adlešič, Anna and Eugeni Bach, Adam Caruso, Petra Čeferin, Sophie Dars and Carlo Menon, Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič, Mladen Dolar, EN-KNAP Group, Jure Grohar and Anja Vidic, Andraž Keršič, Miloš Kosec, Ana Kučan, Radim Louda and Maxime Delvaux, Ákos Moravánsky, Olaf Nicolai, Marjetica Potrč, Tobias Putrih, Rado Riha, Jurij Sadar and Ana Kreč, Maruša Sagadin, Danica Sretenović, Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Matic Vrabič, Boštjan Vuga, Jane Withers
Spatial concept of the exhibition: Nika Grabar, Maruša Zorec
Exhibition design: Arrea arhitektura: Tadej Bolta, Grega Drobnič, Janja Šušnjar, Martina Tepina, Maruša Zorec
Graphic design: Bojan Lazarevič, Agora Proars
Language editing (SLO): Katja Paladin
Language editing (ENG): Jeff Bickert, Kelsey Glover
English translation: Matic Šavli, Andreja Šalamon Verbič
Exhibited source content: Archive of the Prague Castle, Wien Museum, Vienna City Library, Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana, Plečnik Collection MGML, private collections, Historical Archives Ljubljana
Exhibited source content Plečnik and Contemporaneity: Glossary: Dan Adlešič, Jaka Babnik, Anna and Eugeni Bach, Bevk Perović arhitekti, Adam Caruso, Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič, Delo, Elemental, Fondation Le Corbusier, Ana Kučan, Andrej Lamut, Radim Louda and Maxime Delvaux, Mertelj Vrabič arhitekti, Museum of Modern Art, National and University Library, Marjetica Potrč, Tobias Putrih, Sadar+Vuga, Maruša Sagadin, Studio Sadar (Matija Bozja, Neža Brankovič, Nina Burger, Magdalena Gruevska, Matic Hlede, Pia Pekolj, Lara Pirih, Anastasija Popovska, Eva Sevšek, Maja Starič, Patrícia Sičáková, Isidora Stojkovska), Studio Perović (Nika Bronič, Ema Ferreira, Nik Štrubelj), Ana Skobe, Danica Sretenović, Vidic Grohar arhitekti, Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Public Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Historical Archives Ljubljana, Plečnik Collection MGML
Conservation and restoration of the materials: Katarina Toman Kracina, Liza Lampič, Helena Pucelj Krajnc, Zala Rebernak
Historical black and white photographs: Peter Naglič, MGML documentation, Plečnik Collection; Prague City Museum, National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia, Museum of Architecture and Design, National and University Library, Vekoslav Kramarič –Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Contemporary photographs: Tadej Bolta, Miran Kambič, Matevž Paternoster, Ana Skobe, Maruša Zorec
Conceptual design of the models: Arrea arhitektura: Tadej Bolta, Maruša Zorec
Models: Tadej Bolta, RPS d. o. o.
Video content: Tone Stojko
Drone pilots: Janez Kotar, Martin Hrazdirom
Drone camera operators: Matjaž Feguš, Tomaš Mertlik, David Jelovčan, Matic Zemljič
Editing and directing: Tone Stojko
Archival photographs in the videos: Archive of the Prague Castle, Peter Naglič
Audio at the exhibition: Sašo Kalan
Greening of the museum atrium: Arboretum Volčji Potok
Cartographic material: Grega Žorž
Tactile models after Plečnik’s originals: Katarina Toman Kracina
Concepts for the hands-on activities: Nika Damjanovič, Ema Marinčič
Graphic design for the hands-on activities: Ajda Fortuna
Reaslisation of the hands-on activities: Nika Damjanovič, Ajda Fortuna, Damijan Kracina, Katarina Toman Kracina, Ema Marinčič, Grega Ožir, RogLab, Stone Design, Specto informacijske tehnologije d. o. o.
Documentation: Matej Satler
Scanning: Matej Satler, National and University Library, Artiko d. o. o.
Technical preparation and mounting: RPS d. o. o., O.K.VIR d. o. o., Technical service MGML: Mitja Marc, Danilo Ončevski, Zvone Sečnik, Nejc Vovk, Tomaž Žnidarčič
Promotion: Urša Karer, Nejc Kovačič, Ana Modic, Maja Kovač
Programmes for adults and children: Nika Damjanovič, Ema Marinčič, Janja Rebolj
For their help and support, we would like to offer special thanks to: Žiga Cerkvenik, Sara Milavec (National and University Library), Archdiocese Ljubljana, mag. Martin Halata and Tomaš Zubec (Archive of the Prague Castle), Petr Krajči (Prague City Museum), Grega Žorž
Mondays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December: Closed
Exhibition: 8,00€; reduced 6,00€; for family 16,00€
Exhibition and Plečnik House: 12,00€; reduced 10,00€; for family 26,00€