Hinko Smrekar, our contemporary!


During preparations for the recent exhibition Slovenian Impressionists and their Time 1890-1920 in Paris, the works by Hinko Smrekar received the attention of Sylvain Lecombre, head curator of the Petit Palais. Consequently, quite a large number of drawings by our sharp-witted illustrator and caricaturist were selected for the exhibition. The Slovene curator Barbara Jaki, director of the National Gallery of … Continue reading

A Bird’s Eye View of Slovene Impressionism in Paris

Slovene Impressionist and Their Time exhibition poster,  Petit Palais Paris 2013

From 18 April through 13 July 2013 the international public has the chance to see 200 selected art pieces at the Petit Palais in Paris which present Slovene Impressionism and their Time 1890–1920. Five years ago a comprehensive project was presented at the National Gallery of Slovenia: four Slovene painters – Ivan Grohar, Rihard Jakopič, Matija Jama, and Matej Sternen … Continue reading

Remembering World War I – a Contemporary Remedy

Jože Cvelbar (1895–1916) private correspondence  (a letter to his professor),  dated 7th June 1915. Item in Kamra portal -online digital archive

“Eventually one gets numb …” Jože Cvelbar (1895–1916) in a letter to his professor, 1915*       I love ‘contemporary archaeology’ and whenever I hike in the Julian Alps above the Soča river I look for the remnants of the Great War. In 1915–17 this vast remote territory was one of the front lines in Europe. The abundance of … Continue reading

Dreaming of hot metal: where industry and cultural history meet

Monument showing iron forgers at work, situated in the center of Kropa, a village in the community of Radovljica, Gorenjska, Slovenia. Photographer: Johann Jaritz, Wikimedia under GNU free documentation  license

    I was sharing a beer with a friend recently and she introduced me to a nice guy from Trbovlje who had spent 10 years working underground in the mines there. The conversation re-stirred an ongoing curiosity I have about technological heritage.  My own family history includes generations of underground miners in the North of England (for 500 years my people were troglodytes and metal … Continue reading