The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML)

The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML) is the largest cultural institution in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. It consists of City Museum of Ljubljana, Cukrarna Gallery, City Art Gallery, Plečnik House, Jakopič and Match Galleries, two Bežigrad Galleries, Villa Zlatica museum house and Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre. Its mission is to record, collect, document, valuate, preserve, interpret, study and present tangible and intangible heritage relating to the history of the City of Ljubljana and its wider surroundings from the Prehistoric Period until the present day, to conduct pedagogical, andragogical and promotional activities, concerning the Institute’s operations, and related vocational training. By holding exhibitions and compiling collections of museum objects, of archive and library materials and of other documentary materials, modern and contemporary works of art, as well as contemporary art practices, the MGML provides access to public cultural goods and engages in international exchange. Plečnik House is an integral part of Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, especially dedicated to research and promote work of the most important Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.

The Plečnik House, where the architect lived between 1921 and 1957, has been a public museum, accessible to visitors, since 1974. Among the most interesting rooms in the house are architects studio, with desks bearing numerous instruments, plans and models; the spartan-looking bathroom complete with ingenious wood-heated shower; the small reception room, where he would receive friends and colleagues (note the stove with its built-in copper kettle); and the kitchen, containing his special chair that enabled him to eat and work at the same time. Having browsed around the house, it’s hard to reconcile such a modest man with the grand structures that have left such an indelible mark on his home city of Ljubljana.

The Plečnik House complex has been renovated in 2013‒2015. Today its new museum exhibition, a newly established research centre of the architect’s oeuvre and a regular production of temporary exhibitions and programmes for various focus groups, enables the Plečnik House coherent activity in a set direction − to expand the community’s understanding of the significance of Plečnik’s heritage and establish Jože Plečnik as a unique icon of Slovenian and European architecture. The Plečnik House is thus a starting point for the exploration of Plečnik’s Ljubljana and the creative spirit of the great master Jože Plečnik – an icon of the Slovenian capital. Ljubljana can boast with 57 cultural monuments of national importance that were designed by Plečnik. The selected edifices and urban solutions, which were part of the “The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design” nomination are inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List from July 2021.