ART FOR EVERYDAY LIFE. MODERNIST GLASS DESIGN IN SLOVENIA
Open from 9 March to 1 October 2017 at the National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova (Maistrova 1, Ljubljana)
Modernist glass in Slovenia is distinguished by a harmony of utility and aesthetics. This is reflected in simple, geometric, pure lines and the absence of decoration. Between the 1950s and early 1980s, Slovenian designers, among them women designers Janja Lap, Ljubica Ratkajec Kočica, Živa Baraga Moškon, Irena Hajnšek, Dušana Uršič set the foundations for high quality of products, innovation and fashionable design on par with the European and global trends. Most of these products were manufactured in Steklarna Hrastnik, Steklarna Boris Kidrič (Rogaška Slatina) and the Glassmakers School of Rogaška Slatina.
Glass design in the 1950s and ‘60s followed the modernist paradigm which contributed to the establishment of quality living environments, functional and economical interiors and applied-art objects in Slovenia.
A selection of items from previous centuries that provides a comparison between the world of design and decorations in the past and today is also on display. The historic span of glass connects tradition with contemporary trends.
The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).
Photographs © Narodni muzej Slovenije and Tanja Lažetić