Jože Plečnik – Architect and Visionary

12.06.2006 - 25.02.2007

The exhibition focused on the oeuvre of Slovenia’s finest architect who shaped the unique identity and architectural shape of Ljubljana. For many years, his works remained in the shadow of the masters of “international style”, i.e. Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius. Discovered as a result of the post-modern shift, which came into prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, Plečnik was a revelation to a number of individuals. The exhibition familiarised the Krakow public with his most accomplished realisations carried out in Vienna, Prague and Ljubljana.
Plečnik’s oeuvre sparkles with variety: there is Secession decorativeness and modernist simplicity, Mediterranean classicism, vernacular roots, Central European expressionism. Fascination with tradition and fluency of modernist expression are the secrets of his success as an architect and the key to understanding the phenomenon of Plečnik’s Ljubljana. [Jacek Purchla]

Jože Plečnik. Architect and visionary

Łukasz Galusek, Monika Rydiger

The first extensive Polish publication on the work of this distinguished Slovene architect and urban planner, dubbed the Slavic Gaudí. His perfect designs were decisive in creating the exceptional beauty and atmosphere of three Central European capitals: Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna. These cities marked the stages of the artist's artistic career path, which is reflected in the structure of the album. The last part of it is devoted to the architect's religious designs, which form a distinct, highly original chapter of his creative work. Inside the album the reader will find essays by experts on Plečnik's oeuvre and Central European architecture:
Peter Krečič (Ljubljana), Jacek Purchla (Krakow) and Friedrich Achleitner (Vienna), as well as an exhaustive presentation of the architect's works, written by Łukasz Galusek and Monika Rydiger. A stunning addition are photographs by Damjan Prelovąek and Paweł Mazur, as well as sketches, drawings and designs reproduced courtesy of the Museum of Architecture in Ljubljana.

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