Column: When spring “happens” at the end of summer

Did you think it was impossible?

But I can easily confirm that this is exactly what happened in Novo mesto. After a long time, I headed to the opening of the exhibition as the epidemic paralyzed all social events.

It was a pleasure to go to the gardens on Friday, August 28, 2020 Dolenjska Museum, where they opened the first part of a very special exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Novo mesto spring. The event should have really seen the light of day in the spring, but, like many other things this year, it was swept away by the crown. Good thing it's only at the end of the summer, because it would be a real shame not to put the exhibition on public display.

They named the exhibition YOUNG NEFAMOUS AVANTGARD and the introductory and accompanying exhibition is the central exhibition THE YEAR OF NOVEMBER SPRING, which will open on September 26, 2020, on the anniversary.

The authors of the exhibition, historians Majda Pungerčar and Marjeta Bregar, and art historian Jasna Kocuvan Štukelj, equally presented all twelve participants in the Novo mesto spring. Some are still known today, others are recognizable only to a handful, but in 1920 Božidar Jakac, Miran Jarc, Anton Podbevšek, Marij Kogoj, Marjan Mušič, Ivan Čargo, Jože Cvelbar, France Zupan, Zdenko Skalicky, Franjo Ančik came together and created something amazing. , Boris Grad and Ferdo Avsec.

This time the records, personal items, art, literary and musical works wonderfully complement the authors.

The exhibition was designed by the architect Maja Rudolf Markovič, whose central layout of twelve different chairs offers the opportunity to think about the completed company of the authors and perhaps to agree on a joint exhibition.

Many events have taken place since as far back as 1920, when the Twelve put their works on display, but any memory is welcome for the present and the future, when certain authors will be almost forgotten, but events like this will never be forever.


Spring can be carried in the heart. Be it for a day, a month or even a year, it is important to have it

Artistic greeting. Mateja Hocevar

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