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15 years of operation
Gallery of St. Barbara under the Town Square, Town Square 14
18 – 30 June: from 4 PM to 7 PM

This year, the exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers, at its fifteenth anniversary, will be presented in the artistic version of lace and textile collage. Each of the fifteen "pictures" will present a different, abstract image of the famous theme from one of the most popular fairy tales, ever written: Beauty and the Beast. Although the story is fictitious, it is surprisingly related to the reality, more closely than all the "narratives" on television and our favourite modern media.

How much do we appreciate lace today and what does it communicate to us? What kind of mission do the lace-makers have in the tale of timeless love, the cursed prince, and a beautiful girl, imprisoned by the Beast, as a voluntary prisoner, in its glittering, golden and brocade-decorated castle? Who can see beyond the glitter of the visible, who opens the way of love, who is the only one that can break the sinful curse? Who can save himself and the Beast?



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The Main Exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers: Beauty and the Beast
15 years of operation
Gallery of St. Barbara under the Town Square, Town Square 14
18 – 30 June: from 4 PM to 7 PM

This year, the exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers, at its fifteenth anniversary, will be presented in the artistic version of lace and textile collage. Each of the fifteen "pictures" will present a different, abstract image of the famous theme from one of the most popular fairy tales, ever written: Beauty and the Beast. Although the story is fictitious, it is surprisingly related to the reality, more closely than all the "narratives" on television and our favourite modern media.

How much do we appreciate lace today and what does it communicate to us? What kind of mission do the lace-makers have in the tale of timeless love, the cursed prince, and a beautiful girl, imprisoned by the Beast, as a voluntary prisoner, in its glittering, golden and brocade-decorated castle? Who can see beyond the glitter of the visible, who opens the way of love, who is the only one that can break the sinful curse? Who can save himself and the Beast?



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2018 Lace Exhibitions

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  • 22. June 2018 at 09:00 until 31. August 2018 at 18:00
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The Main Exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers: Beauty and the Beast
15 years of operation
Gallery of St. Barbara under the Town Square, Town Square 14
18 – 30 June: from 4 PM to 7 PM

This year, the exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers, at its fifteenth anniversary, will be presented in the artistic version of lace and textile collage. Each of the fifteen "pictures" will present a different, abstract image of the famous theme from one of the most popular fairy tales, ever written: Beauty and the Beast. Although the story is fictitious, it is surprisingly related to the reality, more closely than all the "narratives" on television and our favourite modern media.

How much do we appreciate lace today and what does it communicate to us? What kind of mission do the lace-makers have in the tale of timeless love, the cursed prince, and a beautiful girl, imprisoned by the Beast, as a voluntary prisoner, in its glittering, golden and brocade-decorated castle? Who can see beyond the glitter of the visible, who opens the way of love, who is the only one that can break the sinful curse? Who can save himself and the Beast?



Exhibition "Lace from Vologda, Russian Federation"
Idrija Municipal Museum, Gewerkenegg Castle, Nikolaj Pirnat Exhibit Space, Prelovčeva 9
18 June–2 September: from 9 AM to 6 PM

Vologda lace is a significant artificial phenomenon of Russian culture that gives unique charm to Vologda Region. The lace craft in this region has always been the largest in Russia. Over the centuries it has remained contemporary and popular.

Lace panels, tablecloths and objects of clothing presented at the exhibition were designed by famous Vologda artists at the end of 20th and the beginning of 21st centuries. The artists carefully carried the traditions of Vologda lace, enriching it with new ideas of their own. All the exhibits are handmade in a traditional bobbin lace technique. The exhibition reflects the main peculiarities of Vologda lace – its monumentality and decorativeness, predominance of floral patterns and the harmony of composition.

Jasna Kralj Pavlovec: ROUTES OF FATE
Idrija Municipal Museum, Gewerkenegg Castle, Small Gallery, Prelovčeva 9
18 June – 2 September: from 9 AM to 6 PM
ROUTES OF FATE is a story of two worlds intertwined to make sense and existence to each other. It is the story of the genesis of the underground world. It is a story that remains written in the human genome. It is a lace presenting the day-to-day travel of the underground kings to the world of darkness, and of the waiting women who were making images from the thread in the light of the day. It is a gift for an individual, a neighbour and the guild solidarity. It is the story of daily going underground and returning home, again and again. It's the story of Idrija.

The daily ROUTES OF FATE of the underground kings are mirrored in the author's interpretation of the lace through which the light is reflected into the space, changing and waving, same as our memories. The images of the repeating rhythm of the travel symbolically depict the community development, the community of free and proud people.

"Look What I Know!" 2018

Annual exhibition of Idrija lace made by the children and young students of Idrija Lace School 
18 June – 31 August: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, Wednesday from 9 AM to 7 PM. Sundays closed.
Lace-making in Idrija is a living heritage. Year after year, it is confirmed by the generations of children and young people who are educated in the art of Idrija lace-making at Idrija Lace School. Some of the laces, they made in the school year 2017-18, can be seen at this year's exhibition. This is the 13th year that the visitors can vote for the most beautiful lace of your choice. You can vote between 15 and 17 June until 2 PM. At 3 PM, we will announce the results and give an award to the winning lace-maker as well as to the one of randomly drawn voters.

From Thread to Lace
Retrospective exhibition of fifteen years of cooperation between the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Association of Idrija Lace lace-makers
Gallery below the Town Library Idrija, St. Barbara street 4–5
18 –30 June: from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Fifteen years ago, the Municipality of Idrija and the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers concluded an agreement with the Department of Textile, Graphics and Design of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University of Ljubljana on long-term cooperation in the field of educational, research and development program "NIMIS" for Idrija lace. Since 2014, the Idrija Heritage Centre has been involved as a coordinator of the activities. They have been focused on the developing of transformation of Idrija lace into a contemporary artistic expression based on the visual art analysis and search for new design possibilities in Idrija lace techniques, in the process from drawing to lace-making and presentation methods.

Under the mentorship of professors Vera Sešlar Založnik, Marjeta Godler, Marija Jenko, Almira Sadar and Elena Fajt, the collaboration of students and Idrija lace-makers has developed into an exceptional, picturesque and highly creative opus of unique lace, demanding and original both in terms of visual content and performance.


Lace in Reflection
Lacelike structure of the students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers 
“Magazin” underpass, St. Barbara street 4-5

It seems as if an upside-down turned lace house has just crawled from a large opening for grain on the vaulted ceiling of the "Magazine" underpass, the most powerful, dark and strong building in the centre of Idrija, and when we look up to the once black cover, we can unexpectedly see its upright reflection, proudly drifting in a seemingly open space, in which all those standing under it find themselves unexpectedly. By means of reflection in the mirror, they can virtually enter the lively lace structure. Petra Jerič, a graduate in textile design and clothing at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in Ljubljana has revived it under the mentorship, with the original drawing, and the lace-makers Vera Kostanjšek, Anica Loverčič, Marta Logar, Anica Uršič Albina Štucin, Marija Kosmač, Valerija Krivec, Mira Guzelj, Marija Novak Bošković, Milena Kalan and Andreja Uršič, have decorated it with their extraordinary lace-making skills. The project represents the culmination of their fifteen-year cooperation in the framework of the "NIMIS" program.

The World of Lace-Makers and Lace
Visual Arts Society Cinober Idrija»Pri Golitu«, Town Square 16
18 –30 June: from 4 PM to 7 PM

The lace-makers and their masterpieces have always been an important distinguishing feature and value of our place. In addition to the quick silver business, their originality and sophisticated handicraft have brought the glory of our place worldwide. The image of the lace-makers and their laces called “špice” has always attracted artists. Silvester Bajc, Danilo Jereb and Nande Rupnik, the members of Visual Arts Society Cinober Idrija, find in their artistic work a large inspiration in the rich historical heritage, combining it at the same time with the current events. Their artworks tell the stories of local cultural heritage and testify about today's life, and in this way the artists bow down to the people of all  generations who have designed, developed and enriched this space. This exhibition presents a part of this content.

Permanent Exhibition at the Idrija Municipal Museum: Idrija Lace, a History Written in Thread
Municipal Museum Idrija, Gewerkenegg Castle, Prelovčeva 9
Every day from 9 AM to 6 PM

Idrija is a well-known lace-making
centre, both at home and abroad. At the exhibition, we are following the story of handmade Idrija lace together with the stories of its makers – the lace-makers who were selling the lace for centuries to improve the budgets of the miners’ families. In the past, the Idrija quick silver travelled to the world and so did the Idrija lace. Only a few pieces of the lace have remained at home. The most beautiful ones have been collected at the exhibition to take us from the past to the present, when the Idrija lace is getting an important place in the fashion shows of renowned Slovenian fashion designers.

A special place is dedicated to the tablecloth for twelve people made for Jovanka Broz by Idria’s 20 most skilled lace-makers which is one of the biggest protocol gifts made of lace. It is the largest preserved lace product from the 1970s.


Loops and Edgings
Philatelic Society Idrija
Gallery below the Town Library, Idrija, St. Barbara street 4–5
18 –30 June: from 3 PM to 6 PM

LOOPS AND EDGINGSThe Croatian town of Lepoglava has a rich lace-making history. Since 1999, they have been organizing the traditional International Lace Festival, which is held in various locations around the city due to its rich contents. At the lace and philatelic exhibition "Loops and Edgings", the author presents the connection between the lace and philately in his own way. To express respect to the lace and the skilful hands of the lace-makers, this time the philatelic materials of the Lepoglava Festival and the guest countries have been presented and individual types of the lace described.

DECADES WITH IDRIJA LACE For a long time, the Idrija philatelists had striven and hoped that at least one Idrija lace would be printed on Slovenian postage stamps. Our wish was fulfilled in 1996 and 1997, when Pošta Slovenije published Idrija lace motifs on 20 stamps that were in use for 10 years.

The Idrija Philatelic Society, with its appropriate showpieces (envelopes, postcards, picture postcards, large cards, stamps and person postage stamps) has been involved in Idrija Lace Festival promotion since 1990, which have been presented chronologically in the showcases.

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