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1969

Lojze Dolinar (1893-1970)
For his exhibition in the Town Gallery in Ljubljana in 1968


The work of Lojze Dolinar, a sculptor, is one of the cornerstones of the contemporary Slovenian plastic arts. From 1911, he soon established a number of artistic features that endowed his work with a unique mark. Studying in Vienna, he encountered the Secession movement as well as Expressionism, which inspired him with the desire for creating monumental sculptures. After the war, he created several monuments in a dynamically realistic manner. He devoted all his attention to small sculptures after 1956, laying particular emphasis on their geometrical shapes and linear stylisation. After 1930, he lived in Belgrade, where a significant part of his creativity evolved. After WWII, new motivation awaited him in the sea and coastline around Opatija. Dolinar is the author of many public monuments and architectural sculptures. These are Matija Gubec (1913), the monument to J. F. Krek (1919), Moses on the National and University Library building (1927), art work on the Health Insurance Institute headquarters (1928), the monument to the victims of the carnage in Jajinci near Belgrade (today called Kraljevo), the sculptures at the city square in Kranj and elsewhere. In 1968, he exhibited small sculptures, drawings and prints from the previous 15 years at the Ljubljana City Art Gallery, displaying the vigorous creation of the artist. The sketchbook drawings, in particular, offered an intimate experience of the artist's ideas and their various levels of genesis, creation and transformation.
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