Plečnik House with a permanent 'Plečnik' exhibition
“A tower, a mule, me and the garden” – that is how Jože Plečnik imagined his life when he didn’t know yet that after Vienna and Prague his native Ljubljana would be his lifetime’s environment for his creative work.
He didn’t have a mule, but the house in Trnovo where he moved into in 1921 soon got a tower – a cylindrical annexe with two round rooms on two storeys. After having bought the neighbouring houses, Plečnik added a garden to his home and later also an original winter garden as devised by the architect who left his mark on Vienna, Prague and Ljubljana in the first half of the twentieth century. Among the more interesting rooms are his studio, with desks bearing numerous instruments, plans and models; the spartan-looking bathroom complete with ingenious wood-heated shower; the small reception room, where he would receive friends and colleagues (note the stove with its built-in copper kettle); and the kitchen, containing his special chair that enabled him to eat and work at the same time. Having browsed around the house, it's hard to reconcile such a modest man with the grand structures that have left such an indelible mark on this city.
PLEČNIK – A NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION
A novelty in the renovated Plečnik House is a permanent exhibition prepared by Ana Porok, the Plečnik collection’s curator at the Museum & Galleries of Ljubljana, who was assisted by her colleagues. In terms of content, the exhibition is divided into two parts, the architect’s works in Vienna, Prague and particularly Ljubljana, and his private life. In the entrance hall, the visitor comes to know Plečnik’s biography, the key events in his life and work, his contemporaries and the buildings of his time. Then two critical places of his creative work are presented – Vienna with Zacherl House and Prague with Prague Castle. The largest room is dedicated to presenting Plečnik’s works in Ljubljana; a model of Ljubljana highlighting Plečnik’s urban prospects and buildings. Some original designs are placed in the drawers of the base carrying the model and digital screens are located next to the model to allow for more detailed searches. A selection of Plečnik’s great projects in Ljubljana is presented on the walls: the Žale cemetery, the National and University Library, and the Main Market. In the following small room, Plečnik’s unrealised visions of Ljubljana are presented where special attention is paid to the Cathedral of Freedom, the architect’s vision of the Slovenian Parliament. The final exhibition space on the ground floor is the so-called Urška’s room where Plečnik’s housekeeper Urška Luzar lived during his lifetime. Plečnik’s personal world is put on display in here – his family and origin, his years of study, his contemporaries and his students. His personal photographs and items, awards, photographs and some objects Plečnik designed are shown here.
The book "Hiša Plečnik House: on the centenary of the purchase of the house at 4 Karunova street in the year of Plečnik House's comprehensive renovation (1915–2015)" offers a comprehensive ...
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 10:00–14:00
Visiting the Plečnik House (permanent exhibition Plečnik and a guided tour of Plečnik's home)
Adults: 6 €
Students: 4 €
Children: 4 €
Adults over the age of 60: 4 €
Families: 14 €
Unemployed visitors: 4 €
Visitors with disabilities: 4 €
Free admission for carers
ICOM, PRESS, SMD: free admission
Visiting the Plečnik House with a prior reservation
Groups of up to 4 persons: 30 €
Groups of over 4 persons: 7 €/person, reduced 5 €/person
Visiting the permanent exhibition Plečnik
Adults: 4 €
Students: 2,5 €
Children: 2,5 €
Adults over the age of 60: 2,5 €
Families: 10 €
Unemployed visitors: 2,5 €
Visitors with disabilities: 2,5 €
Free admission for carers
ICOM, PRESS, SMD: free admission
*Visits of the original Plečnik’s home are only possible with a guided tour.*
At the start of this year, the magazine Teatro Marittimo, published by the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, presented the architect Jože Plečnik and his works through three comprehensive articles. Among them is also an article on Plečnik's life and the Plečnik House written by our curator Ana Porok.
At the beginning of March, the President of the Austrian National Council Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka paid a visit to the Plečnik House as part of the protocol programme. He was charmed with the house and Plečnik.
The leading Austrian architectural magazine Architektur aktuell featured a review of Andrej Hrausky's book Plečnik's Architecture in Ljubljana, which was co-published in 2017 by the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and DESSA Gallery.
The National and University Library, Plečnik as Inspiration, Plečnik's Unrealised Projects for Ljubljana, Plečnik's sacral artefacts, and his last fully realised project, the pavilion on Brioni — all of them will leave a mark on the 2019 exhibition programme for the Plečnik House.
The exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, which is being prepared in The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will also feature an iconic item from the Plečnik collection: a model of the unrealised Slovenian parliament, Plečnik’s Cathedral of Freedom.
The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were announced today, 15 May 2018, by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network. The 29 laureates from 17 countries have been recognised for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. Among this year’s winners is the Plečnik House, Slovenia!
With Plečnik's Year 2017 coming to its end, the Plečnik House in Ljubljana presented the newest addition among the publications concentrating on Plečnik's work – Plečnik's Architecture in Ljubljana. The book, written by Andrej Hrausky, an architect who already authored several books and is a connoisseur of Plečnik's work, brings a comprehensive overview of Plečnik's oeuvre in the Slovenian capital. According to the author, the book’s goal was mainly to, “explain Plečnik’s architecture – how to view it, observe it, and understand it”.
The monograph titled Eternal Architect: The Life and Life of Jože Plečnik, Modernist Mystic is a new and welcomed book addition to the Plečnik Year 2017. The book, which is an important contribution to the studies of Plečnik's oeuvre, is a work of Noah Charney, PhD, an American author who lives and works in Slovenia. Eternal Architect is a joint effort of the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and the Totaliteta Publishing House.
On this day, 23 January 1872, architect Jože Plečnik was born in Ljubljana. "He was an idealist and he measured the present with a measuring stick of the past, he was conservative and saw his role models in the past, and perhaps that is why he managed to establish the firm discipline that is needed for any path to the future," Edvard Ravnikar, his student and a central Slovenian architect after Plečnik, appraised Plečnik’s creative principle.
"At this hour we say our final goodbye to a role model, an educator, master, and, finally, a fighter. We are taking responsibility for the bright character of a creator and for the principles of his timeless work," architect Vladimir Mušič thus ended his eulogy at the funeral of Jože Plečnik, in the name of all the professor's students. In 2017, we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death on 7 January, and on 23rd January also the 145th anniversary of the birth of this great Slovenian architect that left an indelible mark on Vienna, Prague and, most of all, his Ljubljana.