Virtual exhibition upon the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Drama Society in Ljubljana

About the Roads to the Grandest Invention of Human Spirit in Slovenia. Virtual exhibition

Lokacija: Osrednji slovenski gledališki spletni portal SIGLEDAL
Termin: 25. 01. 2018

Virtual exhibition upon the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Drama Society in Ljubljana entitled About the Roads to “The Grandest Invention Of Human Spirit” in Slovenia // Milestones in the Development of the Drama Society in Ljubljana (1867‒1918) ‒ conceived and implemented by the Slovenian Theatre Institute.


The Drama Society in Ljubljana (founded in 1867) was the initiator of the Slovenian theatre of modern age. In its development from 1867 to 1920 it negotiated a fifty-year long road through the period of institutionalisation and professionalization of the Slovenian theatre, finishing it in 1920 with the advent of a new development stage; i.e., Europeanisation (1920–1945).


The exhibition is focused on the first fifty years of the Drama Society’s activity, shedding light on the important and decisive milestones of its development.


Before the first milestone there was the general atmosphere in the beginning of the second half of the 19th century among the Slovenian intellectuals which indicated that Slovenes needed their own national theatre. This contextual development can be traced back to the dialogue between the father and the son in Trubar’s Abecedarium, the theatre of Jesuits and Capuchins, to Linhart followed by Drabosnjak, and parallel to this the touring Innsbruck comedians, Italian opera singers and 100 years of German theatre tradition in this territory (established in 1765).


Author: Štefan Vevar (SLOGI)

Digitalisation: Dušan Nelec (SLOGI)

Translation: Melita Silič

Language editing: Andraž Polončič Ruparčič and Melita Silič

Cooperating exhibition experts: Mojca Jan Zoran, Sandra Jenko, Katarina Kocijančič and Tea Rogelj

Preparation and implementation of the e-exhibition: Ksenija Kaučič

Production: Slovenski gledališki inštitut

The exhibition was made possible thanks to: Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana City Theatre, National and University Library, Mihael Čepeljnik, Manja Gatalo, Amadea Karin Ilic and Branko Radulovič