Friday, 5 April 2019

Art Discovery in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Greetings! Last week when I was in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, I stumbled upon Gregor Pratneker's V Naravo art exhibit. His art works were displayed in an intimate courtyard at Ljubljana's beautiful City Hall which was open to the public.

I learned later that Pratneker (1973) was born in Maribor, Slovenia, where he currently lives and works. In 2012, he received an MA at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. He participates in numerous group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad.

Pratneker won several Slovenian awards, among them the Maribor Fine Artists Association Award for Best Painting in 2013 and in the same year the May Salon Award of the Union of Slovene Fine Artists Associations.

I was so impressed with his paintings, most of them are oil on canvas, with a nature or landscape theme. I took a number of photos, some close-ups, and some at a short distance to capture how the paintings are displayed on two levels of Ljubljana's City Hall. I grouped my photos by the main colours that I saw in the paintings as I didn't see the painting titles.

1. THE BLUE-THEMED PAINTINGS:





2. THE GREEN-THEMED PAINTINGS:

River in the Summer by Gregor Pratneker


3. THE GOLDEN and WINTER-THEMED PAINTINGS:


 
4. THE YELLOW-THEMED PAINTINGS:



What a pleasant surprise to discover Pratneker's beautiful art work! His exhibit was originally scheduled to end on March 13, however, it was extended to March 28, when I coincidentally was there in time to see it. This talented Slovenian artist's exhibit made my visit to Slovenia even more enjoyable and memorable.

I'd love to hear your comments.

44 comments:

  1. Oh, Natalie, I most impressed with the piece you shared earlier from Pratneker's green themed work. Happy to see how consistently beautiful all of his art is, no matter the color palette. The display is lovely, too, arranged about the courtyard. The natural lighting helps to bring these landscapes to life. So glad the exhibit was held over and your were able to capture the art to share with us.

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    1. Excellent choice, Leslie! The painting you like is titled 'River in the Summer'. It's the only one in the exhibit that I could find its title. I like how Pratneker's paintings were displayed in the courtyard, too.

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  2. What a colorful and beautiful surprise, indeed. It was meant to be for you to experience his art. I really enjoy his themes and style as well and the way they were exhibited enhanced their beauty. Thanks for sharing, Natalie. I always find it enlightening when I “stumble” upon unexpected art that I happen to really like. :-)

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    1. Hi Liesbet - Enlightening is a great description for this experience. The art exhibit led me to learn more about the artist. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. What beautiful art work. I am so glad that you had a chance to experience it. My favourite is the first one (in the Blue Themed group)!

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    1. Excellent choice, Donna. The deep blue and reflections in that painting are mesmerizing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Hi Natalie, they look like photographs rather than paintings because they are so clear. I love the Blue theme and the Green theme but then I actually think they are all beautiful. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day #lifethisweek

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    1. I agree with you, Sue, these paintings are all beautiful. There was a striking purple one, too but it was hung on the upper floor so I didn't get to see it close up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    2. Hi Natalie, thanks for sharing at #MLSTL, I will share on social media for you xx

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    3. Thank you, Sue. Have a beautiful week!

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  5. Thank you for sharing these beautiful artworks, Natalie. My favourite is the blue theme. But they are all so visually arresting!

    SSG xxx

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    1. My pleasure to share, SSG. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  6. What a delightful exhibition Natalie! I love how you've grouped them into colours and how well they have been displayed. I hadn't heard of this artist before so am grateful to you for this information #lifethisweek

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your comment. It was a nice surprise to see this art exhibit which led me to learn more about the Slovenian artist.

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  7. Oh wow! Those are paintings?! Some look like photographs! So impressive

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    1. Those paintings are oil on canvas. Thank you, Sanch, for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. My, what wonderful talent to paint these great scenes! Wow! Thanks for sharing their beauty with us. I'm so glad you shared on My Corner of the World!

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    1. My pleasure to share this art exhibit, Betty. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and hosting MCoTW.

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  9. Oh, those paintings are beautiful! What a wonderful find. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. My pleasure to share this art exhibit. Thank you, Laurie, for your comment.

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  10. Wow - I'd never heard of Pratneker but I LOVE his art! They're beautiful! What a discovery! Thanks so much for sharing with us Natalie, and thank you for linking up with #ZTT xo

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    1. Thank you, Min, for sharing your thoughts and hosting ZTT. The nature scenes in the paintings and the colours gave me some zen moments :)

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  11. Natalie these are all such beautiful works of art. I honestly could not choose one. You must have felt that you were in the canvas they look so big.

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    1. Thank you, Mary, for sharing your thoughts. The paintings on display were about 59 inches in height and 78 inches in width so they were good size and they did make me feel part of the scenery when I got close to them.

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  12. What beautiful work. I think the green is my favourite

    Mollyx

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    1. Thank you, Molly, for your visit and comment. The green-themed paintings are quite amazing.

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  13. Very impressive! I'm not a huge art fan but these are stunning! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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    1. Thank you, Bren, for your visit and comment. I greatly appreciate it.

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  14. They were all gorgeous Natalie - I particularly loved the two reflection pieces (green and blue). How lovely to have discovered that little collection in your travels.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

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    1. Thank you, Leanne, for sharing your thoughts and hosting MLSTL. Have a beautiful week!

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  15. You share lots of surprises from your travels Natalie and this series is a gem. Love how your grouped them too.
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 14/51. Next week's optional prompt is 15/51 Share Your Snaps #3. 15/4/19 Hope to see you then. Denyse.

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    1. Thank you, Denyse, for your kind comment, and hosting LTW. I greatly appreciate it.

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  16. What fun to come across an art display like that especially when you weren't expecting it. The colors are very striking and eye-catching. My eye keeps wandering back to the top photo, the one in blue.

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    1. That deep blue is attractive, isn't it? This art exhibit was a very nice surprise to me. Thank you, Jennifer, for stopping by.

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  17. Hi Natalie. I always enjoy going to art museums when we travel, or to the city museums because they often have some great art exhibits, like the one we recently went to in Jurmala, Latvia. Do you do any art yourself? I find seeing other artist's work always inspires my creative energy for my sculpting. We haven't been to Slovenia, yet but it's on our list. Great post. I'll share to FB.

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    1. Thank you, Christina, for your comment. How nice it is that you saw some great art exhibits in Jumala, Latvia. I visited Riga and really liked the city. I liked Slovenia a lot, too. I don't do any art atm, however, I enjoy other artists' work, including painting and sculpture. I'll visit your blog shortly.

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  18. What beautiful and colorful paintings. I am not much of an art person but this were very nice.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria, for stopping by. I think most of us are drawn to nature and Pratneker did an amazing job capturing the scenery. Glad you liked his paintings.

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  19. fantastic pieces of art, someone I'd have to visit more than once for sure #globalblogging

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment. Pratneker is certainly a talented artist.

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  20. Thanks for featuring Pratneker’s paintings in your blog post. His work is really lovely.

    Jude

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    1. Thank you, Jude, for dropping by and commenting. My pleasure to share Pratneker's paintings.

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