On Thursday 27 June 2019 the Plečnik and the Sacred exhibition was inaugurated at the Vatican Museums. Jože Plečnik, Slovenian architect and designer, in which from 28 June to 7 September 2019 a selection of thirty-three precious liturgical furnishings made by the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) is presented for the first time in the Vatican.
“Plečnik and the Sacred”
28 June – 7 September, 2019
Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma
Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums, welcomed the idea of presenting Plečnik’s sacred work in the Vatican with great enthusiasm: “The Vatican Museums are pleased to host in the heart of the Pinacoteca Vaticana a significant exhibition of sacred furnishings by Jože Plečnik, a great architect and designer of the twentieth century, who created an original and innovative style both in religious and civil architecture and in the field of liturgical furniture, creating works of remarkable value that we wanted to share with our audience. ”
Jože Plečnik is the first Slovenian artist to whom it is dedicated an exhibition in the Vatican Museums. The theme of the creation of sacred furnishings in the work of contemporary architects and designers is quite exceptional and in this field Plečnik has created something unique in the world, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. On the occasion of the exhibition, a very careful selection of goblets, monstrances, ciboriums and liturgical cases is set up in Room XVII of the Pinacoteca Vaticana, where works by famous authors from all over the world are exhibited, from Giotto to Raphael, from Leonardo to Tiziano and others . This initiative represents one of the most important projects for the promotion of culture Slovenian in the year 2019.
The Plečnik and the Sacred exhibition, which emphasizes that the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik was not only a master of monumental architecture, but also an exceptional creator of sacred furnishings, was created by the Vatican Museums and the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana (MGML) in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to the Holy See and with the support of the Ministry of the Republic of Slovenia for Culture and the Archdiocese of Ljubljana.
The creator of the exhibition is Blaž Peršin, Director of the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana, who highlighted: “We are convinced that the exhibition will contribute to making Plečnik’s work better known worldwide and that, during this summer period , its openness to the thousands of visitors to the Vatican Museums will substantially contribute to the promotion of Slovenia. Precisely the liturgical vessels represent the pinnacle of Plečnik’s artistic creation, masterpieces of art of his creative spirit. ”
With the Plečnik and the Sacred exhibition, the long-standing desire of the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Holy See, His Excellency Tomaž Kunstelj, was finally fulfilled, who made a considerable effort to present the Slovenian cultural heritage in the Vatican museums. “Among the Slovenian minds, who with their work in the field of Central European architecture and design have been able to fully implement the richness of their talent, enriching it with hard work and a great deal of personal spirituality, Joze Plečnik surely excels. If someone has the right to access the Vatican Museums, this is definitely Plečnik, who has designed numerous churches, their interiors and sacred furnishings. The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia is honored to have collaborated with the Vatican Museums and the dynamic creative team of the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana and to have received the financial contribution from the Ministry of Culture in order to contribute to affixing an important card in the mosaic of the Plečnik exhibition in the Vatican. ”
The main and certainly most attractive part of the exhibition are the thirty-three original sacred furnishings, which represent the most beautiful examples of Plečnik’s rich work. Thanks also to the intervention of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana, these furnishings were loaned by the curators of the sacred heritage of various churches, monasteries and private individuals.
The exhibition also includes a video on Plečnik’s sacred architecture created by Tone Stojko, with which he highlights the importance of the entire religious work of the Slovenian master. In the video visitors will be able to admire the sacred architecture of Plečnik: the Church of St. Michael, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Žale monumental complex in Ljubljana, as well as the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague.