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The Song of MetalMillennia of Metallurgy in Slovenia
10. 12. 2019 to 3. 5. 2020
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Muzejska10:00 - 18:00
Metelkova10:00 - 18:00
Snežnik Castle10:00 - 16:00
Bled Castle08:00 - 18:00
Ad Pirum10:00 - 22:00

The Song of Metal

Millennia of Metallurgy in Slovenia

10 December 2019–3 May 2020, Muzejska

The production and processing of metals on Slovenian soil has a very wide-ranging history. The roots of this rich tradition date back five millennia into the past, all the way back to the time of the pile-dwellers at the Ljubljana Marshes. Metallurgical activities eventually grew into one of the most important as well as most prosperous industries in Slovenia. This is, after all, still true today, as evidenced by their share in the national budget, internationally recognizable products of local industry, ground-breaking technical innovations and research achievements.

In order to draw attention to the often-overlooked role of metallurgy in the public, colleagues at the National Museum of Slovenia and the Department of Materials and Metallurgy of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in Ljubljana joined forces on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana. The aim of the exhibition project The Song of Metal is to draw attention to the rich technical heritage, which is unfortunately not known well enough, and which has been systematically collected by the National Museum of Slovenia over almost two centuries of the institution’s existence. At the same time, cutting-edge knowledge gathered under the auspices of the University of Ljubljana, where metallurgy has established itself as one of the oldest courses of study, is also presented. The colourful exhibition layout is upgraded with the sample products by leading Slovenian companies that compete on the fiercely competitive international market with great success – for example, in the automotive industry and even space technologies.

Author of the banner photo: Jaka Ivanc

Events

Lectures

  • Thursday, 20 February 2020, at 5 pm: Peter Turk & Žiga Šmit: Najstarejša metalurgija bakra in zlata
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020, at 6 pm: Boštjan Laharnar & Žiga Šmit: Srebro v železni dobi
  • Thursday, 5 March 2020, at 5 pm: Janka Istenič: Medeninasta doba. Kovine rimske dobe
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020, at 5 pm: Primož Mrvar in Jernej Kotar: Janez Vajkard Valvasor in njegova iznajdba tehnike ulivanja tankostenskih kipov
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020, at 5 pm: Gašper Oitzl in Janez Mlinar: Urbarji kot vir za zgodovino železarstva v poznem srednjem in zgodnjem novem veku
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020, at 5 pm: Tomaž Lazar, Jakob Kraner in Peter Fajfar: Tehnologija ploščnega oklepa – nova dognanja ob primerkih iz Narodnega muzeja Slovenije
  • Wednesday, 1 April 2020, at 5 pm: Peter Fajfar in Gašper Oitzl: Skrivnosti kroparskih kovačev – najstarejša zbirka žebljev na Slovenskem
  • Wednesday, 8 April 2020, at 5 pm: Tomaž Lazar in Nataša Nemeček: Metalurška zapuščina v Narodnem muzeju Slovenije
  • Wednesday, 22 April 2020, at 5 pm: Maja Vončina in Stanislav Kores: Aluminij – zgodba lahke prihodnosti
  • Wednesday, 6 May 2020, at 5 pm: Jožef Medved in Lina Jerina: Reciklaža kovinskih materialov
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020, at 5 pm: Milan Bizjak, Matjaž Godec, Karla Kosmač in Boštjan Podlipec: Napredni materiali nove generacije – metalurgija prahov
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020, at 5 pm: Gašper Oitzl in Slavko Kanalec: Gospodarski vidiki proizvodnje kovin v preteklosti in danes
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020, at 5 pm: Tomaž Rodič in Martin Lamut: Mikrosatelit za interaktivno opazovanje Zemlje NEMO HD
The lectures are free of charge. They are conducted in the Slovenian language.

Guided tours

  • Sunday, 9 February 2020, at 11 am, guide: Aleksander Učakar
  • Sunday, 16 February 2020, at 11 am, guide: Matic Predalič
  • Sunday, 15 March 2020, at 11 am, guide: Matic Predalič
  • Sunday, 29 March 2020, at 11 am, guide: Blaž Žerjav
  • Sunday, 19 Aprila 2020, at 11 am, guide: Blaž Žerjav

Admission fee according to the price list. No surcharge payable for a guided tour. 
The guided tours are conducted in the Slovenian language.

Gallery

Photographs: Blaž Gutman, Nejc Pavlič, Tomaž Lauko, Tomaž Lazar.

Scientific Monograph

KO ZAPOJE KOVINA. Tisočletja metalurgije na Slovenskem
THE SONG OF METAL. Millenia of Metallurgy in Slovenia


Editors-in-Chief and Managing Editors: Jernej Kotar, Tomaž Lazar, Peter Fajfar

2019, 379 pp., 196 figures, 39 tables, 24,5 x 30,5 cm, hardcover, ISBN 978-961-6981-42-2.
Bilingual (Slovenian-English) edition.

Price: €45.

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Muzejska10:00 - 18:00
Metelkova10:00 - 18:00
Snežnik Castle10:00 - 16:00
Bled Castle08:00 - 18:00
Ad Pirum10:00 - 22:00