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Slovenski gledališki inštitut (SLOGI)
https://www.slogi.si
slogi@slogi.si
Mestni trg 17, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 241 5800
Fax386 (0) 1 241 5816
RegionSI-1
Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Mojca Jan Zoran, Director
mojca.jan-zoran@slogi.si
Phone386 (0) 1 241 5810
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Past Events
  • 10 November 2017 to 7 January 2018
    The touring exhibition The history of Europe - told by its theatres, a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres EU supported project, with Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at Castelgrande in Bellinzona, Switzerland
    programme
  • 22 March to 3 September 2017
    "The history of Europe - told by its theatres" touring exhibition, a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres EU project, with Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom
    programme
  • 17 January to 25 February 2017
    "The history of Europe - told by its theatres" touring exhibition, a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres project, with Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at Neustädter Rathaus in Hanau, Germany
    programme
  • 13 May to 5 October 2016
    "The history of Europe - told by its theatres" touring exhibition, a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres project, with Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at Deutsches Theatermuseum in Munich, Germany
    programme
  • 22 October 2015 to 28 March 2016
    "The history of Europe - told by its theatres" ehibition, a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres project, with Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Theatre Museums in Vienna, Austria
    programme
  • 18 June to 28 June 2015
    Meta Grgurevič, JAŠA as set designers and Ana Savić Gecan, costume designer, selected by Barbara Novakovič Kolenc, and students of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana and Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) presented at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PG). Produced by Slovenian Theatre Institute and Muzeum Institute, in cooperation with Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague at Kafka's House and Bethlehem Chapel - Lapidarium in Prague, Czech Republic
    programme
  • 13 May to 5 October 2015
    The touring exhibition "The history of Europe - told by its theatres", created as part of the European Route of Historic Theatres project, Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at The Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre of Christiansborg Palace in Kopenhagen, Denmark
    programme
  • 9 May to 26 July 2015
    Bauhaus – Networking Ideas and Practice (BAUNET), an exhibition also also featuring the works of August Černigoj from the collections of the Avgust Černigoj Gallery, Lipica and the Slovenian Theatre Institute at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia
    programme
  • 10 February to 30 April 2015
    The touring exhibition "The history of Europe - told by its theatres", created as part of the European Route of Historic Theatres project, Slovenian Theatre Institute participating, at Teatr Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland
    programme
  • 2 April to 4 April 2014
    Barbara Novakovič Kolenc's lecture Pendulum Movements and the Dynamics of Spaces in the Arts', at the SharedSpace: Spatial Curation Symposium, Prague Quadrienal of Performance Design and Space, National Theatre Museum of Slovenia and Muzeum Institute at Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace in Prague, Czech Republic
    programme
  • 9 September to 10 October 2010
    Beyond Everydayness – Theatre Architecture in Central Europe, a 2010 touring exhibition (Budapest–Prague–Warsaw–Bratislava–Ljubljana) co-organised by the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia at Exhibition Pavilion Podhradie, Slovak National Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia
    programme
  • 6 July to 28 July 2010
    Beyond Everydayness – Theatre Architecture in Central Europe, a 2010 touring exhibition (Budapest–Prague–Warsaw–Bratislava–Ljubljana) co-organised by the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia at Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland
    programme
  • 12 May to 6 June 2010
    Beyond Everydayness – Theatre Architecture in Central Europe, a 2010 touring exhibition (Budapest–Prague–Warsaw–Bratislava–Ljubljana) co-organised by the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia at National Technical Library Prague in Prague, Czech Republic
    programme
  • 26 March to 30 April 2010
    Beyond Everydayness – Theatre Architecture in Central Europe, a 2010 touring exhibition (Budapest–Prague–Warsaw–Bratislava–Ljubljana) co-organised by the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia in Budapest, Hungary
    programme


The Slovenian Theatre Institute (SLOGI) was founded in 2014 as the successor to the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia, which was founded in 1952. The institute is engaged in collecting, preserving, documenting, researching, interpreting, presenting and promoting Slovenian theatre culture, performing arts heritage as well as contemporary theatre practices, both at the national and international level.

The institute organises exhibitions and presents virtual exhibitions, publishes books from the field of theatre, organises various events (symposia, round tables, lectures, etc.) and educational activities, houses theatre performances, etc. In November 2015, SLOGI launched the monthly Slovenian Theatre News.

The Institute has participated in several international projects. In the period 2019–2023 a new EU supported project was launched: Classics in the Graphic Novel: A pilot model of new high school culture education through graphic novels coordinated by SLOGI, in collaboration with partners from Poland and Slovakia.

Slovenian Theatre Institute is also a national coordinator for arts and cultural education in the field of theatre, nominated by the Ministry of Culture.

Slovenian Theatre Institute 2019 permanent exhibition Photo Dragan Babic.jpg



History

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 biennially today. The Repertoire has been digitalised and included in the Sigledal.org - 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 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 the successor to the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia.

Departments

Ikonoteka, an image library, collects posters, costume design drafts, programmes, portraits and plans, as well as plans and photographs of theatre sets, while the AV Archive collects, preserves, and facilitates internal study access to audio and visual 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.

Letopis, a list of precisely catalogued premières in Slovene theatres that were published since 1867 and later developed into a database that covers the entire history of Slovene professional and the experimental theatre was digitalised and put online in collaboration with the Sigledal.org - Slovene theatre portal.

See also the article about the Slovenian Theatre Institute Library.

Exhibitions

In December 2013, a permanent exhibition entitled In pursuit of a theatre. From the Jesuits to Cankar was opened at the institute's premises. The exhibition presents the beginnings and the main development of theatre in Slovenia, its integration into European cultural context and its role in shaping Slovenian national awareness. In 2017 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Drama Society in Ljubljana the institute prepared a temporary exhibition About the Roads to »The Grandest Invention of Human Spirit« in Slovenia: Milestones in the Development of the Drama Society in Ljubljana.

The museum has organised various exhibitions also in other galleries. In 2006, it cooperated with the Municipal Museum of Radovljica in preparing the Anton Tomaž Linhart Memorial Room.

In 2015 the exhibition Borštnik Bound! was prepared to present the beginning, the development and the atmosphere of the Maribor Theatre Festival, while simultaneously trying to catch the Zeitgeist by drawing parallels between the Festival events and the life of Maribor during a 50 year period. The exhibition took place at the Maribor National Liberation Museum, a part of it also at the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica.

In 2016 a multimedia cultural and historical exhibition Hamlet in Slovenia presented at Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre on occasion of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, attracted wide audiences. Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste hosted a part of the exhibition. In 2018, the institute cooperated in the preparation of significant exhibitions on occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ivan Cankar's death: Ivan Cankar and Europe in Cankarjev dom, and Ivan Cankar in the City Museum of Ljubljana.

The first extensive retrospective exhibition of Slovenian stage set design The Space within the Space: Scenography in Slovenia before 1991 took place in 2019 at the National Gallery of Slovenia. A part of the exhibition was presented also at the UGM Studio in Maribor, in collaboration with the Maribor Art Gallery (UGM) and the Maribor Theatre Festival.

e-xhibitions

Since 2012 the institute has prepared a number of virtual exhibitions of digitalised heritage. The first one was Alenka Bartl, Costume Designer, as a digital follow-up to the exhibition of a renowned costume designer Alenka Bartl (1930&ndas;2018) at the National Gallery of Slovenia. Some further digital galleries that feature award-winning productions from the Maribor Theatre Festival (2011&ndas;2014) and the winners of the Borštnik Ring Award and Borštnik Awards, Slovenian Hamlets, About the Roads to“the Grandest Invention of Human Spirit” in Slovenia, etc., are accessible to a wide public on the Sigledal.org - Slovene theatre portal. Also the museum portal Museums offers a selection of institute's e-xhibitions: From our collections: Josip Primožič – Tošo, set-designer; Fran Milčinski, playwright; Miha Maleš: Portraits, Set design sketches by Milan Butina and the The Century of Ivan Cankar's Serfs.


Publishing

Apart from the regular periodic publications, such as Documents (Dokumenti), which include texts on Slovenian theatre history and monographs, the Slovenian Theatre Annual (Letopis) editions, which is the continuation of the bibliography The Repertoire of Slovenian Theatres 1867–1967 (Repertoar slovenskih gledališč 1867–1967), and Amfiteater Journal, a journal of performing arts theory edited in collaboration with the AGRFT, the Slovenian Theatre Institute also publishes monographs on Slovenian theatre creators, the activity of Slovenian theatre, and performing arts movements.

Arts and cultural education in the field of theatre

As a national coordinator for arts and cultural education in the field of theatre, Slovenian Theatre Institute operates the Gleda(l)išče project, which is designed as a sample strategy model for flexible forms of teaching, promoting partnerships between educational institutions and cultural institutions and creators. It introduces informal, creative, and cultural and educational approaches into the formal teaching environment. A multiannual programme (2016–2021) is cofunded by the European Union from the European Social Fund.

The basic module of the project is the Golden Stick (Zlata paličica) platform, which provides a comprehensive web-based environment that lists high-quality theatre performances for children and youth, and recommended arts and cultural education content in the field of theatre. The related Prvi prizor (The First Scene) programme is operated by the SNG Maribor.

International cooperation

Classics in the Graphic Novel, a pilot educational model

In the period 2019–2023 the Slovenian Theatre Institute coordinates the EU supported project focusing on the development of an innovative, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary pilot model of the culture and arts education in high schools through graphic novels, collaborating with Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland, and the Theatre Institute Bratislava, Slovakia.

Theatre Architecture in Central Europe

In the period 2008–2011, the National Theatre Museum collaborated in a complex international project entitled Theatre Architecture in Central Europe (TACE) led by the Theatre Institute in Prague. 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 Atria and in a catalogue.

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

Museum of Architecture and Design 2011 Beyond Everydayness, Theatre Architecture in Central Europe exhibition.jpg


European Route of Historic Theatres

As a kind of follow-up, SLOGI joined another EU supported project for the period 2012–2017: European Route of Historic Theatres organised by Perspectiv, Association of Historical Theatres of Europe based in Berlin, hand-in-hand with partners from 12 countries. The Adriatic Route of Historic Theatres comprises also the historical buildings of the SNG Maribor and SNG Drama Ljubljana. In the period 2015–2017, the touring exhibition The History of Europe – told by its theatres was presented at theatre museums in Warsaw, Copenhagen, Vienna, Munich, Ljubljana and London.

Slovenian Theatre Institute 2016 European Route of Historic Theatres exhibition Ljubljana.jpg

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.

The PQ 2015 featured the installation curated by Barbara Novakovič Kolenc based on the set design by Meta Grgurevič and JAŠA for the ballet Tristan and Isolde (the national Opera and Ballet production of 2014) and on the costumes designed by Ana Savić Gecan for the performance Storm Still (SNG Drama Ljubljana). SLOGI has collaborated also with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana and the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) that prepare an installation for the PQ Student Section.

The PQ 2019 featured the installation Warped Space curated by Barbara Novakovič Kolenc, presenting the opus selection of 7 authors/art collectives (Angelina Atlagić, Uroš Belantič, Mateja Bučar & Vadim Fiškin, IRWIN, Leo Kulaš and NUMEN). More information on PQ

See also

External links

Slovenian Theatre News

E-xhibitions

Theatre architecture projects

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