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Impressionism from Dawn till Dusk. Slovenian Art 1870–1930

Prague Castle – Prague Castle Riding School (Jízdárna Pražského hradu), U Prašného mostu 3, Praha 1 - Hradčany, 119 08

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  • Fri 17. 5. 2019 – Mon 16. 9. 2019 denně/daily 10.00-18.00

After several decades, the City of Prague once again hosts a large-scale exhibition on Slovenian Impressionism and other styles that defined Slovenian cultural space between 1870 and 1930. In the crucial years at the beginning of the 20th century, the leaders of the Modernist style – painters Rihard Jakopič, Matej Sternen, Matija Jama and Ivan Grohar, and photographer Avgust Berthold developed a local expression that merged Secessionist and Symbolist elements with European Impressionisms. With the new style, uniting the middle-class present with the rural past, the artists created one of the tools for national awakening and at the same time tried to express the deepest longings of the human soul, as Jakopič poetically claimed. The human condition also inspired satirist Hinko Smrekar, whose sharp and penetrating jottings commented on the cultural and political developments in the Slovenian lands.

The art of these decades was also influenced by increasingly stronger bonds with the Czech lands: the rebuilding of Ljubljana after the earthquake of 1895, modelled on Czech examples and led by Mayor and Prague student Ivan Hribar, works by architect Jože Plečnik in the Prague Castle, and translations of literary works to and from both languages was accompanied by strong cooperation in visual arts, from the Realist brothers Šubic, contemporaries of Vojtěch Hynais, to Expressionism of brothers Kralj and other Slovenian cultural workers in Prague.

The exhibition features more than 450 artefacts that together speak of one of the most crucial periods in Slovenian history, when the art of the country tried to catch up with Europe not just stylistically, but also institutionally – established were the first market gallery, the University and the National Gallery, all in the capital of Ljubljana.

The exhibition is organized by The Office of the President of Czech republic, the Prague Castle Administration and the National Gallery of Slovenia.

Admission fee:

  • full CZK 150 
  • reduced CZK 80
  • a family ticket CZK 300 
  • a school group CZK 20 / person

How to get there:

Tram 22, 23 Pražský hrad stop

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Information source: Velvyslanectví Slovinské republiky Praha