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Architect Plečnik's works in Prague captured in exhibition

Ljubljana, 28 October - The Krakovo Embankment in Ljubljana is hosting an open-air exhibition displaying photographs of architect Jože Plečnik's works in Prague. Plečnik (1872-1957) left an indelible mark on the urban landscape of Prague as an architect and professor at the city's college of arts and crafts.

Prague, the Czech Republic
The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, designed by Jože Plečnik.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

A total of 22 photographs as well as short descriptions and quotes by Plečnik's peers and researchers are put on display, said the Museums and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana (MGML).

While strolling along the Ljubljanica river, one can learn about Plečnik's friendship with Jan Kotera, one of the key figures of modern Czech architecture as well as about Plečnik's oeuvre realised in Prague until 1911.

The display focuses on the projects of renovating Prague Castle and designing the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord in Prague's Vinohrady district, a monumental Roman Catholic church for which Plečnik drew inspiration from Old Christian and Antiquity sacral buildings.

Moreover, strollers could find out more about Plečnik's students, later acclaimed architects themselves, who kept his legacy alive.

The curator of the exhibition, entitled Plečnik and Prague, is Vladimir Šlapeta, architecture professor and one of the most acclaimed Czech architects.

The initiative for the display was given by the Czech Embassy in Ljubljana, which helped organise it along with the Prague Castle Administration, the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, the city of Ljubljana and the Plečnik House in Slovenia's capital.

Plečnik and Prague will run until 26 November amidst lockdown restrictions which have once again put on hold cultural life in the capital.

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