Forms for a New DemocracyFabiani – Plečnik – Vurnik
16. 12. 2021 to 8. 5. 2022

Forms for a New Democracy

Fabiani – Plečnik – Vurnik

16 December, 2021 – 8 May, 2022, Muzejska

There is no culture without people, and no architecture without culture.

“Forms for a new democracy” is based on the idea that architecture helps create our identity, shaping the underlying character of society and the messages it conveys.

Through his lavish visual language, Plečnik was able to combine the heritage of the ancient cultures, the Classical period, Central European tradition and Slovenian cultural practices. Fabiani deliberately distanced himself from histori(ci)sm in later life, seeking instead a contemporary architectural language, while Vurnik consciously set out to create a Slovenian national style. Despite the differences between them, they all strove to create democratically designed spaces and the best possible architectural and urban-planning solutions. In this way, “forms” unite with “democracy” to create a sustainable architectural heritage.

This book therefore sets out to present the inspiring and visually enchanting birth of Slovenia’s contemporary architecture and its future-oriented mission.

Marko Mušič, academician and architect

Photography: Stane Jeršič

“The most important element in the understanding of architectural expression is the reality of its forms.”

Maks Fabiani

“When designing a building, you should find such an idea within yourself that you tremble before it.”

e Plečnik

“It is extremely important for an architect to learn to grasp the essence of perfection of human life.” 

Ivan Vurnik

Authors: Bojana Čampa, Stane Jeršič
Photography: Stane Jeršič
Exhibition Layout and Design: Marko Mušič, Stane Jeršič


Stane Jeršič (born 1957)

Stane Jeršič is a professional photographer who also specialises in video and multimedia. Highlights from his numerous international projects, visual presentations and corporate events include the Slovenian pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai China (“Better City – Better Life”), the official display to mark Slovenia’s presidency of the EU and the OSCE, and the Ljubljana stand at World Travel Market in London.

Jeršič has won numerous awards for his work, which has also been featured in a number of survey exhibitions and anthologies, published in books and magazines, and included in some of the most important public and private collections (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Stedelijk Museum Rotterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Lodz Art Center, Museo Ken Damy Brescia-Milano, Prinz Kyoto, Fotogalerie Wien, Kunstforum Wien, FotoFest at the Blossom Street Gallery Houston, and more).

Bojana Čampa (born 1967)

Bojana Čampa holds a degree in art history and history from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana.

She worked in private galleries for over ten years and has written several art reviews, curated exhibitions of modern art, and created a number of original programmes focusing on domestic and international cultural heritage. She has also written numerous expert articles and essays, and lectures in contemporary art, art history, history and cultural tourism.

Her book, Poklon Ljubljani – obnova Cukrarne/Homage to Ljubljana – The Renovation of Cukrarna, was published in 2019, and she has also participated in European Funds Connect (2020-2021) and Forms for a New Democracy (2019-2021).

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