Slovenian women artists 1850–1950
The exhibition focuses on women painters and sculptors who presented themselves to the public during the selected period and who, despite the social conventions of the time, established themselves in the public space.
Women artists have been creating paintings and sculptures alongside their male counterparts since the early 20th century. Yet, even though they helped create and shape the Ljubljana art scene in the first half of the century, art history initially ignored them, with only a few exceptions. This was due to a particular set of circumstances, which this exhibition aims to highlight and make more widely known. Women had long been denied an education and therefore also the opportunity to acquire a profession. As a result, they were unable to be either independent or active in the public sphere. Unmarried women first started leaving their families and enrolling in women’s schools abroad in about 1900, although it was not until 1920 that they were allowed to enrol in official art academies. Soon after that, women artists started referring to their work as a profession. A new era dawned after the Second World War, partly due to the founding of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana: a number of female artists enrolled in it in the autumn of 1945. After that, the only important question remaining for them was whether to combine their profession with motherhood.
The chronologically arranged exhibition features the following female painters and sculptors: Vladimira Bratuž (1923–2006), Karla Bulovec Mrak (1895–1957), Milena Dolgan (1917–1945), Vida Fakin (1915-2001), Alenka Gerlovič (1919–2010), Elza Kastl Obereigner (1884–1973), Ivana Kobilca (1861–1926), Mara Kralj (1909–2010), Henrika Langus (1836–1876), Dana Pajnič (1906–1970), Elda Piščanec (1897–1967), Cita Potokar (1915–1993), Mira Pregelj (1905–1966), Sonja Rauter Zelenko (1918–2010), Bara Remec (1910–1991), Avgusta Šantel st. (1852–1935), Avgusta Šantel ml. (1876–1968), Henrika Šantel (1874–1940), Jela Trnkoczy (1905–1957), Helena Vurnik (1882–1962), Anica Zupanec Sodnik (1892–1978), Jelica Žuža (1922–2014).
Second part of the exhibition project is featuring women architects and photographers in Jakopič Gallery (open from 15 November, 2023).
Author of the Exhibition Project: Barbara Savenc.
Curator of Painters, Sculptors, and Architects: Barbara Savenc.
Curator of Photographs: Marija Skočir, PhD.
Mondays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December: Closed
Family ticket: 18,00 €
The tickets include a short guided tour of the exhibition at the City Museum of Ljubljana.
From Tuesday to Sunday, at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30.
Free of charge: ICOM, PRESS, tourist card URBANA, carer or disabled, tourist guides with licence)
We recommend buying a combined ticket for the City museum of Ljubljana and the Jakopič Gallery: € 10,00; discounted*: € 7,00; family: € 18,00. The price of the combined ticket also includes admission to the public guided tour, which includes a visit to both exhibition locations.
Every Saturday, from 18 November onwards, starting at 16:30 at the Jakopič Gallery. The guided tour ends at 18:00 at the City museum of Ljubljana.
Guided tour upon requested time:
Price for a group of fewer than 9: 55,00 €
Group of 9 or more persons: 7,00 €, reduced* 5,00 €/person.
* Seniors 60+, students, children and youth under 19, unemployed, disabled