LIVING LJUBLJANA: A DAY AT THE MUSEUMS (part 2)

I leave my host families house and ride back to Ljubljana. I went to the Slovenian History Museum the day before, it also included another history museum at another location. There are 3 museums at the complex of remodeled military buildings. I see this mural at the entrance of the Modern Art Museum.

20130901-103951.jpgI FOUND AFTER COLD WAR BEING REPLACED WITH GLOBAL WARMING, AS THE NEW ISSUE TO BE DEALT WITH.
I find my museum and what a find, for a small country, Slovenia has lots of history.

20130901-104236.jpgI FOUND THIS KNIGHTS PLEDGE REGARDING CHARITIES IMPORTANCE OF BEING A TRUE KNIGHT VERY REVEALING.
I found the knight masks to be very intimating and artistic.

20130901-142337.jpgRESEMBLES THE HANNIBAL LECTER MASK

20130901-142528.jpgI´M AMAZED AT THE METAL WORK, CONSIDERING THE TIMES.
There is so much history here, makes me realize how America was and is the New World.
After the History Museum I head to SLOVENE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
Makes me happy when museums include the bicycles role in helping shape a culture.

20130901-142928.jpgTHE REAR WHEEL IS LIFTED OFF THE GROUND,
WHICH SEEMS THAT IT IS ALLOWING HIM TO PEDAL AND TURN THE STONE WHEEL.
I was walking around the museum and saw this “costume”, I´m thinking what is this about?

20130901-143542.jpgTHIS IS USED IN A CELEBRATION CALLED KURENTOVANJE
Kurentovanje is one of the most ethnologically significant Slovenian carnival festivals. It is celebrated in Ptuj on Shrove Sunday in the afternoon and visited by more than 100,000 people every year. The main figure, called Kurent or Korent, wears a massive sheepskin garment and a chain with huge bells around its waist, resulting in the noise the function of which is to “chase away winter”

Interesting Slovenian Proverb

20130901-144822.jpgI FIND THE SLOVENIANS SO WARM & WELCOMING. FOR A COUNTRY THAT IS STRUGGLING, THEY ALL SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER.
I rarely see a homeless person as compared to my hometown, Portland, OR. It seems that people have a good support system here, both family & government.

20130901-181715.jpg COLLECTION OF CARVED WALKING CANES
So the recommendation to visit this museum was a good one. The other recommendation was MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART.

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This next “ART” project was a little over the top. It expresses a time of desperation faced by the people here.

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20130901-183716.jpgTHIS PIECE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.
It seemed like 1/2 of the art projects involved using a T.V. monitor.

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The museum poster rocked (got a few extras) I want them to be a surprise, so no photo, sorry.
After 6 hours of museuming, it was time to get back to Skofja Loka.
Thanks for reading
Jeff
NEXT? What´s going on in Skofja Loka?

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