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Muzej za arhitekturo in oblikovanje (MAO)
Pot na Fužine 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
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Matevž Čelik, Director
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Tanja Vergles, Secretary
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Pika Domenis, Public Relations
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The Architecture Museum of Ljubljana was established in 1972 by the Municipality of Ljubljana. In April 2010 the management of the museum was transferred from the city to the state. Under the new name the Museum of Architecture and Design is the central Slovene museum for architecture, town planning, industrial and graphic design, and photography. Since 1992 the Museum is located at Fužine Castle.

Since 1972 the Secretariat of the Biennial of Design (BIO) (formerly known as Biennial of Industrial Design) operates under the aegis of the museum. In 2014, for its 50th anniversary, a completely new curatorial practice was implemented: the 24th Biennial of Design (BIO 50) has taken a collaborative approach, considering actual changes in the way people nowadays co-work and co-create. The international design exhibition was curated by Jan Boelen.

In 2015 the MAO launched the Future Architecture Platform, with an aim of communicating the social, environmental, economic and design potentials of architecture to the widest possible audiences across Europe. The open call was open to architects as well as to urban planners, curators, landscape architects, designers, artists, filmmakers, etc. The selected applicants present their ideas at the February Matchmaking Conference at MAO where they pitch their ideas. The Future Architecture programme of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and workshops will run between 1 March and 31 October 2016 across Europe.



The activities of the Museum of Architecture and Design have expanded since the move to the Fužine Castle. The museum now incorporates 6 departments: the Department of Historical Architecture in Slovenia, the Department of Contemporary Slovene Architecture, the Department of Industrial Design, the Department of Visual Communications, the Department of Photography, and the Department of Educational Activities. The museum also houses a specialised library.


The Museum of Architecture and Design systematically collects, stores, studies, and presents material at various exhibitions. The display The Architect Jože Plečnik 1872–1957 was based on a major exhibition of the same title at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris in 1986. Special themed historical exhibitions include The Modern Classic Arne Jacobsen 1902–1971: A Centenary Exhibition (2004), 17th-Century Architecture in Slovenia (2006), 18th-Century Architecture in Slovenia (2007), and 19th-Century Architecture in Slovenia (2013). Beside periodical exhibitions of Slovene architecture, the museum also hosts regular exhibitions of international architecture.

Among contemporary design exhibitions the exhibition Niko Kralj: The Unknown Famous Designer was quite a break-through: it showcased the archives, sketches, photographs, prototypes and final products of the world-renowned Slovenian industrial designer Niko Kralj (1921–2013), including the famous Rex armchair, Lupina series, 4455 and modular system furniture Futura, Savinja, Javor, Konstrukta, as well as the Mosquito chair, which was designed as early as 1953, but due to the complexity of its manufacture, it only entered regular production in 2012.


Lectures and other educational activities, including creative workshops, take place regularly at the museum. Museum evenings are thematically structured lectures ranging from architecture, visual communications, industrial design, photography and other activities connected with museums. Taking place once a month they aim to encourage public debate about museums and different areas of expertise that are increasingly neglected in contemporary society.

In 2006–2007 the ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture co-organised a series of lectures under the title Architectural Epicentres. These lectures focused on seven epicentres – Brazil and Mexico in the 1950s, Finland in the 1960s, Switzerland and USA in the 1980s, Barcelona in the 1990s, and the Netherlands at the close of the 20th century, while the concluding lecture focused on Slovenia and the (im)possibility of its becoming one of the next architectural epicentres. The lecturers were Keith L. Eggener, Hugo Segawa, Harri Kalha, Bart Lootsma, Nott Chaviezel, Mary McLeod, Jose Luis Echeverre, Yasushi Zenno, Rado Riha and Boštjan Vuga of SADAR + VUGA Architects. The book of essays presenting the lecture series was published by the Museum in 2008.

In 2008 in collaboration with the Pekinpah Association, the museum prepared a series of lectures in design theory about sustainable alternatives in design with international lecturers. In 2010 they published a book of lectures Sustainable alternatives in design: It's high time we start losing time featuring texts by: Dieter Rams, Ezio Manzini, Jonathan Chapman, Clive Dilnot, Per Mollerup, Victor Margolin, Cvetka Požar, and Barbara Predan. In 2010 followed a series of lectures in visual communications theory On Information Design, in collaboration with Petra Černe Oven and Pekinpah Association, featuring among other lecturers also Yuri Engelhardt, Rob Waller, and Karel van der Waarde.

The MAO educational programme related to architecture, design and photography has developed into a regular and attractive practice adapted for different target groups and ages.

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