Pioneering Slovenian Sculptress on Show at Ljubljana City Museum Until March 2019

By , 15 Oct 2018, 18:00 PM Made in Slovenia
Pioneering Slovenian Sculptress on Show at Ljubljana City Museum Until March 2019 Photo: Matevž Paternoster/MGML

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STA, 15 October 2018 - An exhibition presenting the work of Elza Kastl Obereigner (1884-1973), a pioneer Slovenian sculptress, opened at the Ljubljana City Museum last Thursday. The exhibits were collected in the dusty attic of the artist's home with the permission of her granddaughter Angelika Hribar.

A century ago, the almost 20-year-old Kastl Obereigner was the first sculptress to enter the Ljubljana art scene, the museum says in the presentation of the exhibition.

Later, she became known for her portraits and religious paintings.

The selected sculptures presented at the exhibition show the artist's strong affection for details. Along with the portrait busts and statuettes, several of her personal items were also found at the attic and will be presented at the exhibition.

Born in Ljubljana, Kastl attended art classes at a private school in Ljubljana led by Austrian painter Heinrich Wettach.

She started making sculptures around 1900 after taking some sculpturing classes as well.

In 1901 she created Charity, an allegoric sculpture, which stood in a conference hall of the Kranjska Hranilnica savings bank for years.

She was the first Slovenian female artist to exhibit sculptures along with her paintings in Ljubljana.

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Photo: Matevž Paternoster/MGML

She attended an art school for women and girls in Vienna as well as some evening classes of nude and human anatomy, which opened for women only after 1920.

After her art and sculpture studies, she attended a private school of Edoardo Gelli, an Italian painter of genre and portraits, in Florence.

She married in 1911 and moved to Klagenfurt but after her husband did not return from WWI battlefield she returned to Ljubljana and focussed on painting. She died in Ljubljana.

The exhibition is free to enter and runs until March 10, 2019, open Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00–18.00, Thursday: 10.00–21.00, and closed Mondays.

The City Museum of Ljubljana can be found at Gosposka 15, while the website is here.

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