15 Jul 2018
13 Jan 2019
USA New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, featuring also works by Edvard Ravnikar, Jože Plečnik and Niko Kralj (with contribution by Martina Malešič, Department of Art History, University of Ljubljana) and works by the contemporary visual artist and filmmaker Jasmina Cibic,
Art history studies at the Faculty of Arts were already planned at the beginning of preparations for the establishment of the University of Ljubljana at the end of World War I, in 1919. The establishment of this study was entrusted to one of the "fathers" of Art History in Slovenia, Izidor Cankar. Lectures were launched in the summer semester of 1920. After a small initial number of regular students, courses became more and more popular especially after World War Two. Students travelled through Slovenia and Yugoslavia, and even got involved in some work campaigns on historical buildings. France Stele led the fieldwork seminar until 1957, when he retired and left his place to Stane Mikuž. Mikuž initiated the first major extension of the section, and in the following decades the studies were divided in two chairs, the first covering the field of European art history, the second Slovene and Yugoslav art history.
The renewal of the programme itself began already in the 1990s, thus providing a greater choice of seminars. The latest set of changes is linked to the Bologna reform, with the scheme 3+2 and term lectures. The renewed programme was implemented in the 2008/09 academic year.
The Department of Art History also regularly carries out a programme of courses/lectures for primary and secondary school teachers of Art History.
The teaching staff organise and implement various research projects in the fields of Art History, and cooperate in some interdisciplinary programmes and projects organised by the Science Research Institute of the Faculty of Arts and by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
Within Slovenia and abroad, strong and regular cooperation has been established with numerous museums, galleries, scientific institutes and others on different levels. Individual teachers are involved in international research/scientific associations and projects. Members of the department have also organised a number of international congresses, conferences, and other events.
In 2017 it started participating, together with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Maribor Regional Office, in a multi-year Creative Europe project called Tracing the Art of the Straub Family. Together with partners from Croatia, Germany and Austria they formed a research consortium that explores the legacy of a prolific family of baroque artists who lived and worked in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Germany.