Past event
11 July - 21 Aug 2022

Built Environment: An Alternative Guide to Japan

Travelling exhibition of the Japan Foundation

Built Environment: An Alternative Guide to Japan

11 July - 21 Aug 2022
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In cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Slovenia, Cankarjev dom and the Centre for Architecture Slovenia 

18 Jun 2022 10:00

Gombi and Leri

Children's concert

Boštjan Gombač, multiple instruments; Sašo Vollmaier, piano
(Slovenia)

An unusual artist duo, Gombi and Leri established a musical partnership with a concert featured as part of the 1na1 series (SiTi theatre). At the Jazz Festival Ljubljana, the two musicians will share their experiences with children, presenting their perspective on music and improvisation through different music genres.

Gombi and Leri

18 Jun 2022 10:00
18 Jun 2022 10:00
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Past event
Until 20 April 2022

3D Carniolan Bee – A Giant Honeybee

The exhibitions will be CLOSED on 16, 17 and 18 April due to maintenance work.

To commemorate World Bee Day and the eleventh anniversary of urban beekeeping on the roof of Cankarjev dom the “3D kranjica”, a scale model of the worker bee Apis mellifera carnica, the Slovenian indigenous Carniolan bee, is on view in the Grand Reception Hall in cooperation with the Beekeeping Association of Slovenia.

The model is 3D-printed and has more than 90% morphological similarity to a real worker bee. The model is based on a real-life Carniolan honeybee, accurately imaged down to the micron using a Micro CT scanner. The model is made in the ratio 1 : 100 and measures 170 cm in length. The model combines moving parts of a bee's body and nine animations in Slovenian and English.
The scale model of Carniolan honeybee was created to celebrate Slovenia's EU Council Presidency and was also a hit with the visitors to the Slovenian pavilion at the Expo in Dubai, where it was seen by almost a million people. From the Dubai exhibition, the giant model has travelled to Cankarjev dom, where it will be on display in the Grand Reception Hall until 20 April. This is its first presentation in Slovenia.
The project is Slovenian in its entirety: 3D Carniolan Bee is a product of Slovenian knowledge. The Beekeeping Association of Slovenia (ČZS) realised it in cooperation with the Slovenian company Intri d.o.o. and designer Nina Oman. Boštjan Noč, President of the Beekeeping Association of Slovenia (ČZS), initiated the project and contributed its conceptual design, and its project manager was Marko Borko (ČZS). Expert reviewers of animations: Andreja Kandolf Borovšak, PhD, Peter Kozmus, PhD, Nataša Lilek, PhD, and Tomaž Malec.

The 3D Carniola Bee project has been funded with support from the Public Advisory Service in Beekeeping.

Bees are the pollinators of most plants and an important part of the natural balance and existence of life on Earth. They have been coexisting with culture on the roof of Cankarjev dom for eleven years, making CD one of the first urban beekeepers in Slovenia. Cankarjev dom's honey is of high quality and is certified as Slovenian honey with a protected geographical indication.
Cankarjev dom is a member of Ljubljana’s Bee Path, a project launched in 2015 by the Municipality of Ljubljana.   
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3D Carniolan Bee – A Giant Honeybee

Until 20 April 2022
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The exhibitions will be CLOSED on 16, 17 and 18 April due to maintenance work.

Past event
10 Feb - 24 March 2022

Design Konsum

Designers Society of Slovenia Biennial Exhibition

Novinarska konferenca Društva oblikovalcev Slovenije bo 10.2.2022 ob 10. uri v Veliki sprejemni dvorani CD

This year's biennial exhibition of the Designers Society of Slovenia examines the role of design in today’s consumer society and raises some provocative questions. Are we aware of the fact that everything around us has been designed? How to determine the design quality of objects, services, spaces and environments faced with an unlimited range of choices? How to understand the difference between quality and quantity? What is the relationship between the consumer and designer?

Our developed society is inundated with hyperproduction, unlimited options and favourable conditions for consumption, all of which severely hampers our ability to make informed choices. The way out of this vicious circle, however, is only possible through a conscious decision based on a broader reflection. The DESIGN KONSUM exhibition addresses the visitor/user directly and offers them new options.

The exhibition seeks to encourage contemporary consumer society to engage in critical reflection and give careful thought to the importance of its own quality design, to evaluating good design and placing it firmly in our daily lives. Design consumption constitutes a filter that helps us choose a better solution. Rather than cheap products of dubious production we should use what is on our plates, so to speak. This will be a sustainable and long-term investment. In choosing quality design each individual consumer can influence our common future. 

Priority is given to deciding in favour of quality living, local knowhow, short supply routes, quality and environmentally friendly production, green and sustainable solutions, organic and degradable, recycled from natural, harmless materials and, last but not least, aesthetically sophisticated and user-friendly design. These are the challenges of contemporary design. 

The layout of the exhibition has been designed as a longitudinal composition, consisting of a long table with place settings of design plates. On a plate, a large disk containing the print of a particular product or graphics, the consumer is now served quality design.


 

Design Konsum

10 Feb - 24 March 2022
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Project Manager, exhibition concept: Mateja Panter
Exhibition layout: Matej Filipčič, Mateja Panter, Anka Štular
Visual communications: Anka Štular

Past event
6 Jan - 8 Feb 2022

Under the Free Sun

An exhibition of illustrations by Damijan Stepančič

Damijan Stepančič is the author of the illustrations for the comic book Pod svobodnim soncem based on Fran Saleški Finžgar's historical novel Under the Free Sun. In perceptively adapting this patriotic novel, Goran Vojnović has accomplished his aim of dynamic dramaturgy, while the accompanying text was written by Prof. Dr. Janez Bogataj, F.S. Finžgar’s great-nephew. 

Illustrator Damijan Stepančič tackled the comic book ambitiously, capturing the narrative’s climactic scenes, underscoring their monumentality with his proficient artistic style, while sensitively focusing on the artistic elements that build the characters. The challenging feat resulted in a comprehensive, fascinating and inspiring 150-page graphic novel. It tells the story of our ancient grandfathers, the settlement of the Slavs in the Balkan Peninsula when they still lived freely, unsubjugated, under the free sun.

While placing innovative spotlight on (in particular) Stepančič's illustrations, the exhibition also delves into the novel's creation and traces its history with an emphasis on previous illustrations. There will be four guided tours with commentary (two with Damijan Stepančič, one with Goran Vojnović and one with Dr. Janez Bogataj).

Under the Free Sun

6 Jan - 8 Feb 2022
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On 7 February CD exhibitions close at 12.00.

Past event
29 Jul - 5 Sept 2021

Europe – Legacy of the Humanists

Documentary exhibition marking Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Modern Europe and its neighbouring countries are based on ideas and values that were formed and established during the era of Renaissance and the great humanists. The “Europe – Legacy of the Humanists” exhibition presents not only well-known scholars and thinkers who lived between the 15th and 18th centuries, but also less renowned humanists and their female counterparts working in the shadow of their contemporaries. All these influential characters, their concepts and values had a lasting effect on today's Europe and the ideals of the European Union. The exhibition can be considered as a ‘who’s who’ of names that take credit for the birth of European values.


EU countries included in the exhibition:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, UK, Germany, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Switzerland and Slovenia.


The texts about the Slovenian representatives have been authored by Prof. Dr. Marko Štuhec, whose choice includes an extremely famous humanist and a lesser-known one, Primož Trubar and Avguštin Prygl.


 


 

Europe – Legacy of the Humanists

29 Jul - 5 Sept 2021
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In collaboration with Goethe Institut Ljubljana and the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Past event
11 Feb. - 6 May 2021

Architecture Stocktaking 2018_2020

In co-operation with the Architects’ Society of Ljubljana

In accordance with the measures adopted to contain the spread of COVID-19 epidemic Cankarjev dom has cancelled or rescheduled all events, exhibitions reopened.

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The biennial exhibition of members of the Architects’ Society of Ljubljana, held at Cankarjev dom with great success since 2000, gives a comprehensive two-year overview of Slovenia’s architectural scene, whilst the exhibited architectural achievements provide unique solutions to new societal challenges. At the same time, Architecture – Stocktaking is the most important showcase of contemporary Slovenian architecture. The exhibition does not only display the architectural innovations and buildings constructed over the past two years, but also the attitude of political and economic sectors to architecture, as well as the interest of the wider public in building development: what is the orientation of Slovenian architecture, how many open competitions have been realized, how many public buildings were erected, how many newly-constructed houses were designed by architects, etc.

Architecture is a global phenomenon. Not only today, in a time of widespread globalisation, but since time immemorial. However, architecture takes shape locally, in the environment from which we originate and in which we primarily work. Therefore, our architecture bears the mark of historical circumstances, tradition, climate, education and the mindset from which it emerged.

The world is changing with the pandemic. How does architecture respond to changes? One of the realizations is that people, regardless of their cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs, need an open, well-organized and landscaped public space, good public transport, as well as accessible and first-rate medical care. We have also leant that fascination with form not born out of quality content is completely passé. This year’s exhibition displays projects implemented before the outbreak of the novel virus. Nevertheless, the accompanying programme, lectures and talks will be dedicated to the flexibility and values of new architectural insights – to undoubtedly feature at the 2023 Stocktaking.

The showcased works of Society members and student are selected by a special committee, the project is organized by Marinka Škrilec Lukač, Sonja Miculinić is responsible for the layout and Nena Gabrovec for the design. The exhibition catalogue serves as an excellent document of Slovenia’s biennial architectural output.

Architecture Stocktaking 2018_2020

11 Feb. - 6 May 2021
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Past event
10. Mar - 5. Apr 2020

Young and Alive

100 Years of the Ljubljana School of Architecture

Cankarjev dom closed

In compliance with the decree issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, Cankarjev dom has cancelled all events until further notice.

Information on postponed events or refunds will be provided after the state of emergency has ended.

For further information please contact us at info@cd-cc.si, vstopnice@cd-cc.si or 01/2417-299 every workday between 10.00 and 15.00 and via CD’s social media messaging.

 

An exhibition illustrating the history and development of the Faculty of Architecture
In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana and Museum of Architecture and Design

A university’s creative environment is a platform for change driven by scientific curiosity, and the accumulated knowledge is enhanced by doubting mind. When the University of Ljubljana was first established, the academic environment of Slovenian architecture was marked by the artistic orientation of the key personalities of the era. Jože Plečnik was 48 years old; his Ljubljana and Prague architecture did not exist yet. In the introduction to the first generation’s miscellany of papers, he thus summed up the collective atmosphere at the former Technical Faculty: “This book emerged from pure joy: we are young and alive.

Rok Žnidarić

The tradition of appointing eminent architects as architecture professors in Ljubljana continued. Their teaching methods reflected their artistic beliefs, independent professional career in architecture – invariably committed to experimenting, searching for balance among prior (personal) experiences, tradition and the desire for progress, for exploring new possibilities. Given the school’s distinctive breadth of academic disciplines, it could offer education, either in the area of planning or architectural theory and criticism, to many students who went on to build internationally distinguished careers. At the same time, the school influenced the development of other disciplines, including urbanism, spatial planning, industrial and graphic design, set design, science journalism.

Soon after the establishment of University of Ljubljana in 1919, Ivan Vurnik, a graduate of the Vienna University of Technology, was appointed assistant professor at the Technical Faculty’s Department of Civil Engineering. Aiming to establish architecture as an independent academic discipline, Vurnik solicited the help of Jože Plečnik, professor at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague who first made a name for himself in Vienna and later in Prague. Although Vurnik was in charge of the organisation and management of the newly founded Department of Architecture, which opened its doors in 1920, Plečnik was considered the “spiritual father” of the Ljubljana School of Architecture. Taking the post of architecture professor in 1921, Plečnik enriched the academic programme with his personal charisma and a special teaching method modelled after Otto Wagner’s, his teacher at the Vienna Academy. His method involved academic work in the form of workshops or tutorials, which enabled students and professors to jointly examine the entire course of architectural planning. Tuition relying on seminars attended by students ranging from freshmen to seniors has remained a specialty of the Ljubljana School of Architecture to this day. 

After 1945, academic influence was exerted by professors belonging to the younger generation of architects: Edvard Ravnikar, Edo Mihevc, Marjan Mušič, Boris Kobe, Niko Kralj and others. As the leading Slovenian modernist Ravnikar laid the foundations for modern urbanism and design as academic subdisciplines. It was as far back as in the 1960s that the name Ljubljana School of Architecture was increasingly used to refer to the school in former Yugoslavia, as well as internationally, due to its high educational standards. In Ljubljana, the study programme in architecture was implemented within the context of the Technical Faculty until the establishment of the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in 1957. The aspirations for an independent school of architecture were fulfilled in 1995 with the inauguration of the Faculty of Architecture. The study programmes offered at FA today include architecture and urbanism. The academic curriculum is based on seminars and individual work with students. These classes continue the school’s distinctive tradition and constitute a connecting link with knowledge gained in attending social sciences and technical classes. This brings students into direct contact with the relevant issues facing their profession and society in a manner defined by the term ‘theoretical practice of architecture’. An indispensable element of academic life, the Faculty’s visiting lecturers – the numerous acclaimed foreign architects and theoreticians – serve to solidify the faculty’s embeddedness in the global network of acclaimed schools of architecture.

Young and Alive

10. Mar - 5. Apr 2020
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Zaključeno

Past event
10. Mar - 23 Aug 2020

Young and Alive

100 Years of the Ljubljana School of Architecture

Cankarjev dom closed

In compliance with the decree issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, Cankarjev dom has cancelled all events until further notice.

Information on postponed events or refunds will be provided after the state of emergency has ended.

For further information please contact us at info@cd-cc.si, vstopnice@cd-cc.si or 01/2417-299 every workday between 10.00 and 15.00 and via CD’s social media messaging.

 


An exhibition illustrating the history and development of the Faculty of Architecture
In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana and Museum of Architecture and Design

Young and Alive

10. Mar - 23 Aug 2020
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Admission free

15. feb. ob 14. in 15. uri

Free public flamenco workshops: Feel the Rhythm!

Conducted by: at 14.00 Tremendo Hijo; at 15.00 Eduardo Guerrero



Have you always wanted to try flamenco for yourself? In our free public workshops Eduardo Guerrero, the upcoming new Flamenco god (according to the Dutch press), and the charismatic young singer/clapper Tremendo Hijo will inspire you to clap the flamenco rhythms and take your first dance steps!
Grand Reception Hall, admission free

 

Free public flamenco workshops: Feel the Rhythm!

15. feb. ob 14. in 15. uri
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