Publish Date: 12.11.2015

Category: News from the University

The famous Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, has unveiled a bronze bust of Slovenia's greatest architect Jože Plečnik. The statue is the work of renowned sculptor Peter Černe.  

In the wake of major changes that engulfed central Europe after the first world war and in the period of increased awareness of common Slavic roots and cultural centres, the first president of the new Czechoslovak Republic Tomaš Garrigue Masaryk invited the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, who was already recognised in Vienna at the time, to collaborate in the architectural vision of Prague. The architect then restored Hradčany to become the presidential residence, which is one of the architectural jewels of beautiful Prague today. During that time, Jože Plečnik spent three years as a professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, a fact that Czechs take special pride in. 

"The unveiling of the memorial is a great honour for Ljubljana as well, due to a hundred years of friendship and goodwill between our cities," said professor Saša Machtig who along with his colleague the former Vice-rector Jože Kušar did everything needed to realise the wish of the friends and professors in Prague, Jindrich Smetana and Jiri Pelcl.