In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana held a retrospective of Metka Krašovec’s work in celebration of her 70th birthday, giving such an honour to a female painter for the first time. Pik-Shuen Fung explores the work of this exciting artist.
Alkatraz gallery in Ljubljana was started in 1996 as a project by young students of the academy of arts. The students transformed and revitalized the building Hlev into a gallery, and presented the idea of an artist run space.
The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is the oldest Slovene institution of ethnology, founded in 1923. It is a museum of cultural identities; a link between the past and the present, a museum 'about people, for people'.
Narodna galerija (National Gallery of Slovenia) in Ljubljana is the main art museum in Slovenia containing the largest visual arts collection from the late medieval period to the early twentieth century
The Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana is the main Slovene museum for architecture, town planning, industrial and graphic design, and photography. It also houses a permanent display of works by the leading Slovene architect Jože Plečnik.
Constituted by four old town houses and located on the East bank of the Ljubljana river, Vander retains tradition in its exterior aspect with original, contemporary conceptions making up the interior, thereby offering the best of both worlds.
A four star hotel in Ljubljana which combines modern luxury and homely warmth throughout its suites. It also has ethical credibility through its possession of the globally recognized Green Globe Certificate award, a prize that recognizes sustainability.
An anomaly in the otherwise uninspiring standard of hostel accommodation, Celica boasts an art gallery, though its main claim to singularity comes in its rooms which are former prison cells, each one uniquely transformed by 80 specially commissioned artists.
Antiq assures a relaxing stay in the quaint charm and quietude of the pedestrianized part of the historical city center. Ljubljana's historical castle, Roman findings, Plecnik's architecture are in the vicinity, accommodating a number of interesting explorations.
S. Pellegrino's Top 100 World's best restaurant matches its masterfully assembled food with its setting; a famous Secessionist building of the 1920s. Despite its accolades it's stayed true to its family-run sentiment, with supreme food augmented by a warm atmosphere.
Named after a famous precursor of historiography, Janez Vajkard Valvasor, Ljubjana's Valavas'or reflects this sense of imbued history with chandeliers and an old, arched tavern being the still-consistent frame for its metropolitan, gourmet essence.
Within the mysterious shelter of the idyllic Knafelj pass in Ljubjana, with Preseren Square close by, Gostilna fulfills visitors in terms of its gastronomic know how, also offering a tranquil enclave in the form of its garden terrace, which opens in the Summer.
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Placed in-between Italy, Austria and the
Balkan States Slovenia may appear to be small in size with its population of
only two million, but it has produced a cultural export of a very high standard
that is well worth a thorough exploration.
Currently one of Slovenia's and maybe even the world's most
prominent philosophers and theorists is arguably Ljubljana-born and educated Slavoj Zizek, who continues to tour the
world to give highly interesting and thought-provoking talks. France Preseren is seen as Slovenia's
romantic national poet, often very traditional in his style, he summed up and
sought to encourage Slovenian national identity through his sonnets and his
poetry. Contemporary Slovenian writers who have left their mark are
Ljubljana-based professor Ales Debeljak
and award-winning writer Andrej Blatnik.
Slovenian cinema has brought itself into prominence with
such talented directors as Jan Cvitkovic, France Stiglic and Damjan Kozole who
achieved great acclaim with his 2003-film Spare
Two Slovenian bands to look out for are 1980s rock-bands Laibach and Siddharta.