National Museum to present its treasures in China

Ljubljana, 2 January - The National Museum of Slovenia will present The Treasures of Slovenian Creativity in China this year. Precious archaeological finds from Slovenian land will be presented as part of an exhibition that will be open at the Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts in Xi'an from May until autumn.

The National Museum of Slovenia.
Photo: Domen Grögl/STA

The Qujiang Museum manages the Gold of Chinese Emperors collection, which has been on display in Ljubljana since mid-August and will be open until mid-February.

In turn, the National Museum will present in China a "mosaic of exceptional creative achievements from Slovenian lands from ancient history to present day," the museum told the STA.

The first part of the exhibition features the most significant ancient finds, from a glass necklace from Dolenjska to an idol from Barje near Ljubljana.

In the second part, exceptional items made by Slovenian manufacturers such as Žiga Zois's cream-coloured earthenware and earthenware by the Schütz brothers from Liboje in the east will be presented.

In the third part, exhibits by notable Slovenian designers such as Tanja Pak and Almira Sadar will be showcased, while a special section will be dedicated to the Slovenian tradition of beekeeping.

The National Museum has several other exciting projects planned for this year, including an exhibition of symbols of Slovenia on the Bled island. The exhibition in the island's little church will open on 25 June, Statehood Day.

From October 2019 to May 2020 the museum's collection of Coptic fabrics dating back to between 3rd and 10th century AD will be on display at the National Museum in Metelkova.

The collection of 52 pieces of fabric made by the Christian group that used to inhabit the area of modern Egypt, is among the best preserved in Europe. The museum has been keeping the ancient fabrics since 1890 but now it will present them to the public for the first time.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana, the museum will team up with the Ljubljana Faculty of Natural Sciences in setting up an exhibition presenting the tradition of metallurgy on Slovenian lands and the present-day Slovenian achievements in the field in December.

© STA, 2019