The exhibition „Plečnik’s Ljubljana“ was opened last night at the Sarajevo City Hall, featuring the art work by the great Slovene and European architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), who left an important trace in the architecture of the capital city of Slovenia and beyond.
The exhibition was organized by the Slovene Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with the Slovene Ministry of Culture, Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana, and the Museum and Gallery of the City of Ljubljana (Plečnik’s House), with the support of the city of Sarajevo.
The visitors were greeted by the Deputy Mayor Milan Trivić on behalf of the city of Sarajevo as one of the exhibition organisers, saying that Plečnik had been one of the best artists in Europe in the 20th century.
The exhibition was proclaimed open by Bosnian and Herzegovinian architect of Slovene ancestry Ivan Štraus.
The Slovene Ambassador to BiH Izstok Grmek said at the opening of the exhibition that 2017 is celebrated in Slovenia as Plačnik’s year, marking the 145 years from the birth and 60 years from the death of this great Central and Southeast European architect.
The Bosnian and Herzegovinian architect Nihad Babović said of Plačnik that he was a quiet man, who lead a modest, ascetic life, and who was born and lived through turbulent times, but who, at the same time, was an artist of European values and old, traditional craftsmanship, who worked tirelessly and left an indelible trace primarily in Ljubljana, but also in Vienna, Prague…
He left an enormous trace in Ljubljana already in the period from 1926 to 1941, said the guest from Ljubljana architect Barbara Rozman Bider.
The exhibition “Plačnik’s Ljubljana”, the goal of which is to promote the architect’s artistic creation and candidature of his works for UNESCO’s cultural and natural heritage list will be open until June 8th 2017.