MUZEJI (3)

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Andrej nas tokrat popelje na sprehod po muzejih, ki jih najdemo na Metelkovi (Ljubljana).


Spring has definitely arrived in Ljubljana. On the day I’ve visited the Metelkova museum square, it was raining again, but it was not freezing cold. On the contrary, the weather was perfect for a raincoat, even for cycling. Metelkova museum square is something I thought up since the three museums I’ve visited are located on a square. The alternative place Metelkova with concerts and venues to hang around was north of the museums. A quick google search even shows that the addresses of the museums are Metelkova street, so it makes sense. The museums located on the square are the Slovene Ethnographic museum, museum of Contemporary art Metelkova, and the National Museum of Slovenia located in Metelkova.  I enjoyed the visit to all three museums and I’m quite happy that I am able to contradict the statement I said in my previous blog post about seeing all the best museums in Ljubljana.

The Ethnographic museum was a blast. The museum has three floors, with the bottom floor serving as the entrance, reception, souvenir shop etc. They even have a knitting shop where you can buy scarfs or knitting materials for typical museum prices.  In the time of typing this blog, 5 different exhibitions were in the museum and I will go about them in the order I saw them. The first floor had an atmospheric bee exhibition which I found really nice and perfect for taking photographs, but also quite informative since I don’t know anything about bees and beekeeping. The second one on the same floor was more in my line of work. It featured photographs of Bosnia made on the beginning of the 20th century by a Czech photographer František Topič. He made some interesting photos of everyday life in Bosnia during the Austro-Hungarian reign. One of the photos are corpses of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. The timespan of photos he shot covers 1885 to 1919 so the viewer can observe changes made in Bosnia during the Habsburg rule. The third exhibition is a small one about the art of making candles and gingerbread. Personally I did not find it really interesting so I quickly glanced over it and went to the second floor.

The second and third floor both have one big exhibition. The one on the second called I, We and Others is the best reason why to come to the museum, since is fantastic. It covers topics about your personal interpretations of life, people and family you are surrounded with, Europe and the world, and yourself. I am a sucker for self-exploration so I was immersed immediately. It tackles European identity and how it blends with your own and national identity. The art presented was very diverse and I will let the photos speak for themselves. The third floor is more what I expected from the ethnographic museum. It features a lot of exhibits from all over the world, present and past history. It makes you think how diverse our world is and how culture does not have a label.

The National Museum of Slovenia located in Metelkova was much more interesting than the one located in Prešeren street. It’s bigger, there are no other museums included in the building and it includes a lot of really interesting stuff from Slovenia’s history. For example, I remember very clearly the springboard and buck I had in my Elementary school made by the Slovenian company Elan. The same ones were on display in the museum. Personally I liked the weapon room the most. It featured a samurai warrior armour from the 17th century. If you want to you can climb on the top of the building and enjoy the view and scenery of Ljubljana from there. Overall, the National Museum in Slovenia in Metelova is worth a visit and I recommend it.

The Museum of Contemporary art in Metelkova was a mixed bag for me. It was nostalgic because I worked as a guardian of Arts in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia. It was a low paid student job and I have different memories from that place, not necessarily good ones, but it was an experience. The interior and the exhibits reminded me a lot of the museum in Zagreb but the size makes a difference. The temporary exhibition about Non Aligned movement was something I did not expect to find in this museum but it was really interesting and worth a visit. Overall, I think that the Metelkova Square museums are worth a visit and it should take a day to explore them properly, best when it is raining outside like in my case.

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Foto: Andrej Aleksandrov


Pomlad je brez dvoma prišla v Ljubljano. Ko sem tako nekega dne obiskal muzeje na Metelkovi, je ponovno deževalo, a ni bilo več tako ledeno mrzlo. Tako je bilo vreme primerno za obleči si dežni plašč ter celo za kolesarjenje. Muzejska četrt na Metelkovi je pravzaprav nekaj, na kar sem mislil, ko sem obiskal prve muzeje v Ljubljani. Alternativni prostor Metelkove, kjer se odvijajo koncerti in kjer so prostori za posedanje se nahajajo severno od muzejev. Ko na Googlovem iskalniku na hitro preverimo ime ulice, opazimo, da se muzeji nahajajo ob Metelkovi ulici, kar lahko povežemo s četrtjo. Muzeji, ki jih najdemo na prostornem trgu so: Slovenski etnografski muzej, Muzej sodobne umetnosti Metelkova in Narodni muzej Slovenije. Med obiskom vseh treh muzejev sem zelo užival in tako sem vesel, da lahko nasprotujem svoji izjavi, ko sem v prejšnjem prispevku omenil, da sem v Ljubljani že obiskal vse najboljše muzeje.

Etnografski muzej je navdušujoč. Muzej zavzema tri nadstropja. V pritličju je vhod z recepcijo, muzejsko trgovino itd. Najdemo lahko celo trgovinico s pletenimi izdelki, kjer si lahko po tipičnih muzejskih cenah privoščite šal ali kakšen drug pleten izdelek. V času pisanja tega prispevka, si je bilo v muzeju mogoče ogledati pet različnih razstav. V prvem nadstropju najdete doživljajsko čebelarsko razstavo, ki se mi je zdela izjemno prijetna in je bila hkrati odličen poligon za fotografiranje. Poleg omenjenega se je izkazala za izjemno informativno, saj o čebelah in čebelarstvu veliko nisem vedel . Naslednja razstava, ki se nahaja v istem nadstropju, je postregla z vsebino, s katero se ukvarjam tudi sam. Razstavljene so bile namreč fotografije iz Bosne, ki jih je na začetku 20. stoletja naredil češki fotograf František Topič. Najti je bilo mogoče nekaj zanimivih motivov vsakdanjega življenja v Bosni iz časa Avstro-ogrske. Na eni od fotografij celo opazim tudi preminula nadvojvodo Franca Ferdinanda z ženo. Fotografije zajemajo čas med 1885 in 1919, tako da obiskovalec lahko sledi spremembam, ki so se zgodile v Bosni v času vladavine Habsburžanov. Tretja razstava, ki je še na ogled v prvem nadstropju, je manjša razstava o umetnosti izdelave sveč in medenjakov (lectarstva). Ker me vsebina ni posebej pritegnila, sem si jo na hitro ogledal in se povzpel v drugo nadstropje. Tako v drugem kot tretjem nadstropju se nahaja ena velika razstava. Stalna razstava Jaz, mi in drugi: podobe mojega sveta je zagotovo razlog, da muzej obiščete, saj je res fantastična. Prek različnih interpretacij življenja, ljudi in družine, ki nas obkrožajo, se zavemo kakšno mesto imamo sami v prostoru Evrope, sveta. Ker sem tudi sam iskalec lastne identitete, me je vsebina takoj potegnila vase. Evropskost se spaja in prepleta tako z lastno kot tudi narodno identiteto sámo. Tudi umetnost, ki je predstavljena na tem kraku razstave je izjemno pestra, zato bom pustil fotografijam da spregovorijo same zase. V tretjem nadstropju sem našel tisto, kar sem pričakoval, da bom našel v etnografskem muzeju. Razstavo sestavljajo muzejski predmeti iz vsega sveta, so predstavniki sodobne in pretekle zgodovine. Obiskovalec ob njih razmišlja o raznolikosti našega sveta in kako naša kultura nima meja.

Narodni muzej Slovenije na Metelkovi je veliko bolj zanimiv od tistega, ki ga najdemo na Prešernovi ulici. Je večji, v sami stavbi je umeščen sam, razstavljenih pa je veliko muzejskih predmetov iz slovenske zgodovine. Sam se zelo dobro spominjam odskočne deske s kozo, ki smo jo uporabljali v osnovni šoli, izdelek slovenske tovarne Elan. Prav takšna je na ogled v muzeju. Najbolj me je navdušil del razstave, kjer je razstavljeno orožje. Pritegnila me je oprava samurajskega vojščaka iz 17. stoletja. Če želite, se lahko povzpnete na vrh same stavbe in tako izkoristite pogled na Ljubljano od zgoraj.

Muzej sodobne umetnosti sem zapustil z mešanimi občutki. Po svoje sem postal nostalgičen, saj sem kot varuh razstave opravljal delo v Muzeju sodobne umetnosti v Zagrebu, Hrvaška. Na nizko plačano študentsko delo imam različne spomine, ki niso nujno le lepi, a delo štejem za izkušnjo. Tudi notranjost in razstave sta me precej spominjala na muzej v Zagrebu, razlika je edino v velikosti. Občasna razstava o gibanju neuvrščenih je bila nekaj, kar nisem pričakoval, da bom v tem muzeju našel. Bila je zanimiva in vredna obiska.

Menim, da so muzeji, ki se nahajajo znotraj muzejske četrti na Metelkovi vredni obiska in priporočam, da si vzamete prost dan zanje in jih korenito raziščete.

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