Temporary exhibition
Open from 9 March to 1 October 2017 at the National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova

Slovenian modernist glass is characterized by harmony between its practicability and its esthetic appearance, reflected in simple geometric and clean lines as well as in absence of decor.

Glass design of the 1950s and 1960s followed the modernist paradigm, which in Slovenia meant mostly the establishment of standards for quality living environment, functional and economical household furnishings and usable objects. Designers worked towards designing more beautiful and more functional objects intended for everyday use, among them also household and mass-made glass objects.

While this exhibition focuses on materials from the period of Modernism, the authors have added a selection of objects dating back to previous centuries, desiring to show in one place the diversity of shapes and decorations of the time. The exhibition concludes with the achievements of contemporary designers, thus spanning the history of glass from tradition to modernity.

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).

Left: Vase (detail), Venice, Italy, a. 1870, kept by the National Museum of Slovenia (photo Tanja Lažetić).
Right: Stackable vessels, Ferdo Pak, after 1968, Glassmaking School Rogaška Slatina, kept by The Museum of Architecture and Design (photo Tanja Lažetić).