In the year 2023, we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of architect Edvard Ravnikar. In response to the initiative from the Ministry of Culture, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has declared this year as Ravnikar’s Year. On this occasion, various events, exhibitions, and roundtable discussions have taken place. We also aimed to bring the public closer to the extensive creative legacy of this important architect. Therefore, we invited interesting guests for a discussion who have encountered his work in various ways.
For our first discussion, we invited Aleksander S. Ostan. He is an architect and educator, an associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. He is also the author of professional articles, designs exhibitions, leads workshops, and engages in photography and drawing. Together with Nataša Pavlin, they lead Atelje Ostan Pavlin, where they focus on the culture of living, architectural design, and urbanism.
In the autumn of 2023, together with colleagues, an impressive exhibition was prepared in the Grand Reception Hall of Cankarjev dom titled “Searchings in Drawing, Findings in Thought: Fragments from the Legacy of Edvard Ravnikar.” Through monumental enlargements on canvas, the exhibition unveiled Ravnikar’s very intimate world, showcasing his drawings and notes, many of which were presented to the public for the first time.
“But let’s try to shed some light on the diversity of Ravnikar’s drawings: if going back to the source, we find searchings, quests after as yet unvoiced forms, tapping into organic nature, on the one hand, and on the other hand already abstractly integrated into stereotomic or tectonic architectural composition that has stand alone value as a concise narrative. These drawings resemble a creative exhalation.”
Aleksander S. Ostan in the brochure that was published alongside the exhibition.
Aleksander S. Ostan was in conversation with Metka Dolenec Šoba and Eva Eržen.
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