Opening of the exhibition ‘Slovenia: Masters and Architecture of the 20th Century’

Kyiv, 9 February 2012 – The Slovenian Embassy, together with Slovenian Consul Maya Martinenko, opened the exhibition entitled ‘Slovenia: Masters and Architecture of the 20th Century’. The exhibition, curated by Professor Luka Skansi, is displayed at the House of Metropolitan, the National Reserve ‘Sophia of Kyiv’, and will be on view from 9 to 29 February 2012.

At the opening ceremony, Nataša Prah, Chargé d’Affairs at the Slovenian Embassy, stressed that Slovenian architecture could leave a very special and indelible mark in the international arena and thus draw attention to the potential of new ‘margina’ cultures that are finally stepping out of their local limits. She expressed hope that the exhibition will bring the visitors closer to Slovenian architecture and that they will enjoy it. On this occasion, she also congratulated all Slovenians on Slovenian Cultural Day.

About the exhibition

The exhibition features some eighty works of architecture that were carefully selected through the prism of history – which was demanding and difficult at times – in order to illustrate as best as possible the complexity, abundance and array of the Slovenian architecture of the 20th century.

The aim is not to trace the history of our twentieth-century architecture, but to show a piece of the extremely rich building heritage, in which Slovenia, as a small country, takes great pride. It is a starting point enticing historians and architects to explore a new architectural culture.

The exhibition is divided into three parts according to historical and political circumstance that marked Slovenia in the 20th century: the first part thus covers the Interbellum – the period between 1918 and 1940 when Slovenia was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; the second part is dedicated to the socialist Yugoslavia and illustrates the period from 1945 to 1991; the third part is an overview of the events following Slovenia’s independence tracing the period from 1991 to 2008.

The first part features Slovenia’s master architects, namely Jože Plečnik, Maks Fabiani and Edvard Ravnikar, who all had successful and prolific professional lives and left a lasting imprint on architecture outside Slovenia.

The second part is dedicated to the architects of the 1960s and 1970s, who contributed to our rich and diverse architecture drawing on the motives of their predecessors.

Featuring contemporary architecture, the third and final part presents the generation of architects who made their names only recently due to the 1980s economic crisis. The result is a rich and diverse contemporary architectural culture that can hardly fit into any mould of style.