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The year 2023 has been declared the year of the architect Edvard Ravnikar and the writer Ivan Tavčar

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“The message that our country understands culture as its fundamental identity value and value in itself”

Next year will be 30 years since the death of the architect Edvard Ravnikar and 100 years since the death of the writer Ivan Tavčar. The government, on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, therefore declared 2023 the year of Ravnikar and Tavčar.



On the basis of the initiatives of heritage, educational and research institutions and individuals involved in the protection, research, presentation and awareness of the architect and his heritage in Slovenia and abroad, it is MK prepared a proposal for declaring the year consecrated Edvard Ravnikar (1907–1993).

They justify it it is on the substantive evaluation of Ravnikar’s architectural heritage, which it is prepared Aleš Vodopivec, an expert in modernist architecture. According to the press release, in 2023 they want to further stimulate, connect and round off various activities and events that try to shed light on the ideas and works of one of the leaders protagonists modernism in our country.


A model of the conceptual design of Nova Gorica, designed by Ravnikar.  Photo: MMC RTV SLO/ Miloš Ojdanić

Leveller it is started studying architecture in Vienna and continued in Ljubljana at Jože Plečnik. Two more years after graduation it is remained his closest associate. A few months it is was in Paris in the studio of Le Corbusier. Although it does it is moved away from Plečnik’s architecture in a formal sense, it is remained the most sensitive and original transmitter of his tradition. Between Plečnik’s school and Le Corbusier’s studio it is discovered surprising modernities, much like it is his own architecture a kind of synthesis of tradition and modernity.


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Marking the year at the national level it is suitable framework for concrete projects and actions, for enhanced integration and cooperation. At the same time, it offers a context for opening up relevant social topics that are still relevant today, from housing policy, attitudes to public space, through the inclusion of cultural heritage and local characteristics of space in the universal challenges of globalization – growing social inequality and the climate crisis, the press release states. .

The Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska and the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia are participating in the Ravnikar year initiative.

Ivan Tavčar (1851–1923) is considered one of the most important Slovenian literary creators of realism in Slovenia and a politician of the liberal party at the time, as described by MK. After finishing high school in Ljubljana and Novi Mesto it is completed his law studies in Vienna. In 1884 it is opened a law office in Ljubljana and became a member of the Ljubljana City Council. Political path it is continued in the Carniola regional assembly, and between 1901 and 1907 it is was also a state deputy.

In 1911 it is was elected mayor of Ljubljana and that function performed for the next ten years when it is was elected to the Constituent Assembly of the Kingdom of SHS and became commissioner for food in the first Slovenian national government. Was it is co-founder of the Ljubljana City Savings Bank and a member and supporter of many other societies. He was interested it is also for sports and built the first tennis court in Slovenia in 1897 on his estate in Poljanska dolina. Was it is president of the first Slovenian cycling organization and president of the Sokol gymnasium.


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The wider Slovenian public it is well known as a prolific writer of short stories, comic strips, short stories and novels in which it is primarily depicted life in his native Poljanska Dolina. Created it is all the way from high school years to late old age, and his creative oeuvre includes more than forty works of art. Today, his works are part of school literature canon. His most famous works are the novel Behind congress, the story Cvetje v jeseni, the historical novel Visoška kronika, and he also signs, among others, the works Med gorami: pictures from the Loška foothills, V Zala and Vita vitae meaathey wrote at MK.

As stated in the press release after the government meeting, Tavčar’s year as a national project carries an important message that our country understands culture as its fundamental identity value and value in itself. Tavčar’s year it is can also be an excellent opportunity to increase the visibility of Slovenian literary classics, who also strengthened the meaning and value of the Slovenian word with their works both within the Slovenian national space and beyond.

Source: Rtvslo

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