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Exhibitions and Projects
12 April – 3 June, 2018

Artists Academicians

On the Eightieth Anniversary of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

In 2018, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts will celebrate its eightieth anniversary and the National Gallery of Slovenia its hundredth anniversary.

In the past, the two institutions were connected at the very beginning on several occasions. In 1927, the National Gallery published a promotional booklet Naša največja kulturna naloga. Akademija znanosti in umetnosti [Our most important cultural task: Academy of Sciences and Arts] which informed a wider public about the necessity to found an Academy in which “our best men will have the opportunity to foster scientific work, our nation will receive from it a great deal of encouragement for further participation, all our educational organizations will be offered inflow of fresh ideas and new aspirations”. At that point, a proposal was filed with the Ministry of Education for an act for the founding of the Academy. On the initiative of the Scientific Society for Humanities, in addition to the National Gallery, also the Slovenska matica society and the Pravnik [Lawyer] society were among the proposers, later the University of Ljubljana as well. The Narodni Dom palace, the mother house of the National Gallery of Slovenia, initially served as a shared home of the two institutions. The founding general meeting was summoned in 1937, and the efforts eventually bore fruit the following year, when on the 7th of September 1938 the decree was issued on the founding of the Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana. The institution was given the full name it bears today only ten years later.

Several members of the National Gallery’s administrative bodies were artists who later became the first academicians when the Slovenian Olympus was founded in 1938. The National Gallery and the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts remained closely related also later, since the Gallery’s expert commission, or its corresponding professional and administrative bodies, included academicians as a rule. Between 1938 and 2018, seventeen Slovenian painters, two non-Slovenian and four sculptors became members of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; sixteen of them are deceased, so there are seven artists academicians at present.

In the celebration year of the Academy, the exhibition in the National Gallery includes sixty-nine works by twenty-three artists, members of the SASA. Individual works by them render possible an insight into the scope of creative production and artistic tradition of the past eighty years.

The exhibition of artists, members of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, presents a selection of the most prominent works from the oeuvres by painters Rihard Jakopič, Matija Jama, Maksim Gaspari, Anica Sodnik-Zupanec, Gojmir Anton Kos, Božidar Jakac, France Mihelič, Avgust Černigoj, Lojze Spacal, Zoran Mušič, Gabrijel Stupica, Janez Bernik, Andrej Jemec, Valentin Oman, Emerik Bernard, Metka Krašovec and Jožef Muhovič, Krsto Hegedušić and Toshihiro Hamano, and sculptors Lojze Dolinar, Zdenko Kalin, Boris Kalin and Drago Tršar.

Exhibition project
National Gallery of Slovenia
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Project leaders
Mateja BreščakZoran Mezeg, Andrej Smrekar

Texts by
Milček Komelj

Works of art selected by
Andrej Smrekar, Mateja Breščak, Milček Komelj

Restoration-conservation for the exhibition
Andrej Hirci, Miha Pirnat Jr., Simona Škorja, Martina Vuga

Graphic design
Ranko Novak

Exhibition set-up
Andrej Smrekar

Loaners of exhibits
Bela Krajina Museum, Metlika
Museum of Dolenjska, Novo mesto
Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na Krki
Lojze Spacal Gallery, Štanjel
The Stud Farm Lipica
Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenj Gradec
Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana
Hermagoras Verein, Klagenfurt
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RS
National Gallery of Slovenia
private owners
and artists

Exhibiton was made possible by

12 April – 3 June, 2018
National Gallery of Slovenia
Prešernova 24
1000 Ljubljana