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Slovenski gledališki inštitut
Mestni trg 17, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 241 5800
Fax386 (0) 1 241 5816
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Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Mojca Jan Zoran, Director
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Štefan Vevar, Curator (Archive)
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Tea Rogelj, Curator (Sound archive), International projects
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Primož Jesenko, Curator (Video archive), Research
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Katarina Kocijančič, Librarian
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The Slovenian Theatre Institute was founded in 2014 as a successor of the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia. It incorporates a library, an archive, a sound archive, a videotheque, and an iconotheque. The new programme of the institute is going to be outlined in the year to follow.



The National Theatre Museum of Slovenia was established in 1952 under the aegis of the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Provincial Theatre in Ljubljana. The museum's first director was Janko Traven, who collected an enormous amount of material from the early periods of Slovene theatrical history. The museum was also supported by private donors. Janko Traven's successor Dušan Moravec began to organise the collected material more systematically, and in 1964 the museum began issuing various publications, including Letopis or The Repertoire of Slovene Theatres (to mark the 100th anniversary of Ljubljana Drama Society) and the magazine Documents of the Slovene Theatre Museum, which continues to be published biannually today. The Repertoire has been recently digitalised and included in the - Slovene theatre portal.

In 1978 the Theatre Museum merged with the Film Museum to become the National Theatre and Film Museum, and in 1990 this institution acquired new display rooms and an office space at Mestni trg in Ljubljana's Old Town. However, in August 1996 the museum was divided into two independent institutions – the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia and the Slovenian Cinematheque. In 2014 the Slovenian Theatre Institute was founded as a successor of the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia.


The iconotheque collects posters, costume design drafts, programmes, portraits, and plans, as well as plans and photographs of theatre sets, while the videotheque collects, preserves, and facilitates internal study access to recordings of theatre productions.

The Slovenian Theatre Institute Archive comprises personal documents, correspondence, legal and self-management acts, manuscript and typed texts, albums and collected newspaper reviews, plus thematically-arranged archive material on Slovene theatres, in particular legal and self-management acts, circulars, decrees and minutes of meetings. There is also a collection of articles relating to dramatic productions, opera, ballet, film, and experimental theatre covering the period 1963–1996 and a computer database of precisely catalogued premières in Slovene theatres from 1987–1995.

See also the article about the Slovenian Theatre Institute Library.

Exhibitions and international projects

The museum has organised various exhibitions at its premises or in other galleries. In 2006 it cooperated with Municipal Museum of Radovljica in preparing the Anton Tomaž Linhart Memorial Room. In 2013, the organisation participated in the creation of a virtual exhibition of the award-winning productions from the Maribor Theatre Festival, with the aim of having such a way of highlighting the previous year's winners of the Borštnik Ring Award and Borštnik Awards.

Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space

In 2003 the museum organised the presentation of a costume from the Oedipus Rex production of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ). In 2011 the four authors presented in Prague were: Ema Kugler, Dunja Zupančič, and Miha Turšič in the section Countries and Regions, curated by Tomaž Toporišič; while a costume from A Journey to Rome (Caravaggio) (produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor) created by Belinda Radulović was part of the Extreme Costume Design Section.

Theatre Architecture in Central Europe project

In the period 2008–2011 the National Theatre Museum collaborated in a complex international project entitled Theatre Architecture in Central Europe (TACE), which received support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission. In spring 2009 Ljubljana hosted around 70 architecture students in the introductory workshop Visions and Possibilities organised by Vojteh Ravnikar's seminar at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. Afterwards the students developed their own visions of a potential new Slovene National Theatre building for the given location in the Ljubljana city centre with their tutors at their home universities (in Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Gdańsk, Gliwice, Liberec, Ljubljana, and Prague). Later they revealed their ideas at an exhibition in Autumn 2009 at Ljubljana City Hall and in a catalogue.

In November 2009 a symposium on experimental theatre spaces was held in Ljubljana, followed by a publication Occupying Spaces. The extensive TACE exhibition Beyond Everydayness – Theatre Architecture in Central Europe that has toured Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Bratislava was hosted by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana along with an accompanying publication synthesizing a pioneer research in the field of theatre architecture.

See also

External links

TACE project


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