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Exhibitions and Projects
Revelations | 2 Nov. 2023 – 6 Dec. 2023

Revelations: Fran Klemenčič, Portrait of Dr Franc Derganc and Portrait of Heda Derganc

Gift of the Derganc-Tomaževič family to the National Gallery of Slovenia

Dr Franc Derganc (1877–1939) was a Slovenian physician and organiser of surgical activity. From 1910, he headed the 2nd Septic Ward and from 1911 the 1st Surgical Ward of the Ljubljana Hospital. In 1922, he merged the two departments and headed them until his death.

He published medical writings and popular-scientific medical articles in various journals and newspapers, as well as fiction; as co-editor of the cultural and political journal Jug, he also dealt with philosophical issues and later wrote the philosophical book Svetozor, was the initiator and, in its first year of publication, editor of Zdravniški vestnik, etc.

In 1910, together with his wife Hedvika Heda Derganc, b. Tauber (1889–1974), he built and founded a private hospital in Ljubljana, the Emona Sanatorium. Both were interested in and supported literature and the fine arts. Ivan Cankar, Oton Župančič, Fran Tratnik, Hinko Smrekar, Rihard Jakopič and others were regular guests at their home, where important ideas were conceived, including the establishment of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

2 November – 6 December 2023
National Gallery of Slovenia
Prešernova 24
1000 Ljubljana