Museum of Architecture and Design Gets New Management

Dr. Bogo Zupančič took up the post of director on 1 November 2020. He previously served in the museum as a curator for architecture and a member of the expert group for the inscription of Jože Plečnik's work on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

A museum councillor at MAO, Bogo Zupančič (1960), PhD, graduated in 1987 from the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the Edvard Kardelj University in Ljubljana (currently Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana), under the mentorship of prof. Janez Koželj, with a thesis titled The Reconstruction and Densification of the CO 1-21 Residential Island in Ljubljana. Having received a scholarship from the French government, he spent the academic year 1989/90 as l’étudiant libre studying painting in the atelier of Professor Vladimir Veličković at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris. In late 1997, he received additional training under the programme Sustainable Housing Policy and Management at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development in Rotterdam. He received his PhD  in 2000 with a thesis titled (Residential) Architecture Under Market Conditions, mentored by prof. dr. Vladimir Brezar. While still a student of architecture, Bogo Zupančič worked together with numerous Slovenian architects and practiced at Studio Vipotnik. After graduation, he worked at Gradbeno Podjetje Grosuplje (a civil construction company), and upon completion of his PhD dissertation, he started working as an independent cultural operator and journalist. He wrote on urban issues for the newspaper Delo (from 2000 to 2005) and published specialist and non-specialist articles on architecture in Slovenian and foreign magazines.

Bogo Zupančič is the author of eight books: Ljubljanski Nebotičnik – denar in arhitektura [Ljubljana Skyscraper – Money and Architecture] (Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije, 2001), Arhitekt Josip Costaperaria in ljubljansko moderno meščanstvo [Architect Josip Costaperaria and the Modern Bourgeoisie of Ljubljana] (KUD Polis, 2004), Usode ljubljanskih stavb in ljudi 1–24, 25–48, 49–72, 73–93 [The Destinies of the Buildings and Citizens of Ljubljana] (KUD Polis, 2005–2008), Ljubljanska inženirska zbornica 1919–44 [Ljubljana Chamber of Civil Engineers] (Inženirska zbornica Slovenije, 2013), and Plečnikovi študenti in drugi jugoslovanski arhitekti v Le Corbusierovem ateljeju [Plečnik's Students and Other Yugoslav Architects in Le Corbusier's Atelier] (MAO and KUD Polis, 2017).  

Since 2005 Bogo Zupančič has worked as a curator for architecture at the Ljubljana Architectural Museum (AML) which in 2010 became the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO). With his colleagues at the museum he co-authored several exhibitions, among them Opening Up the Storage (2011), Under the Same Roof (2013), and Streets and Neighbourhoods: Vladimir Braco Mušič and Large-Scale Architecture (2016). Among the exhibitions where Zupančič is the sole author Plečnik's Students in Le Corbusier's Studio (2007, 2017, 2019) and The B Course – Reforming Design deserve a special mention as both were also presented abroad.

Bogo Zupančič is a member of the expert group for the inscription of Jože Plečnik's work on the UNESCO World Heritage list. He is a recipient of the 2006 Plečnik Medal for his architectural writing; he received his second Plečnik Medal in 2018 for the project Streets and Neighbourhoods, which he co-authored with Luka Skansi, Martina Malešič, Boštjan Botas Kenda and Primož Fijavž.


The Museum of architecture and design is temporarily closed

Dear visitors,

in accordance with the government's measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 our museum will be closed until further notice. The exhibition of projects of Plečnik Award winners is still on display until 6 November 2020 in the park in front of MAO.


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Stay well.


1 ticket to 11 museums

There are numerous world-famous artworks and museum items in Ljubljana. Do you know them? Several Ljubljana museums and galleries have joined forces to give you a special welcome: Until 30 August 2020 you can visit 13 venues with a single ticket!
This is the time to see the treasures at Ljublajna! The International Center of Graphic Arts, Moderna galerija – MG+MSUM, the City Museum of Ljubljana, the National Museum of Contemporary History, the Museum of Architecture and Design, the National Gallery of Slovenia, the National Museum of Slovenia, the Slovene Museum of Natural History, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, the Slovene National Theater Museum and the Slovene School Museum are spotlighting one globally famous protagonist from their collections each. This summer you can see them all at the very affordable price of €8.00 for a single ticket and €16.00 for a family ticket. This special offer lasts from 1 July through 30 August.

BIO 26 | Common Knowledge travels to Dresden

We are very happy to announce that the central exhibition BIO 26 | Common Knowledge, together with curator Thomas Geisler, director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum at the Dresden State Art Collection, and assistant curator Aline Lara Rezende, will be brought back to life and shown in an adapted version in Dresden.

With special focus on information crisis; Common Knowledge – Design in Times of the Information Crisis questions fake news, trustful sources and examines the interrelations between multidimensional information crisis and citizenship. It explores the role and potential of contemporary design in shaping knowledge and truth and in recalibrating our infosphere. It also reflects on the post-biennial COVID19 pandemic and its informational misconducts.
It features works by Bureau d'etudes, Commonplace studio, Dunne & Raby, Formafantasma, Forensic Architecture, Futurefarmers, Marshall McLuhan, Neri Oxman, Victor Papanek, Superflux, Jaime Serra and others, that tackle information crisis and overload. The displayed works open people's eyes and minds by, for example, speculating what life would be like in a world surveilled by drones; by mapping out the power and political structures behind media empires that directly impact public opinion and how we attempt to navigate the glut in a learning information cloud. It is not surprising that we constantly feel overwhelmed.
The exhibition, a collaboration of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden with the Museum of Architecture and Design, and BIO 26| and its partners, will take place from 4. 7. till 1. 11. 2020 at the museum's premises at Schloss Pillnitz, Riverside Palace, in Dresden.
Due to the current situation we unfortunately have to refrain from holding an opening event. The exhibition will open for an evening visit on Friday, 3 July 2020 from 18:00 to 22:00. The curators, artists, designers and partners will be present.
The project is part financed by by Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, European Regional Development Fund and Centre for Creativity.
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