Odyssey BANNER

Illustrations for the first Slovenian translation of the Odyssey by Marij Pregelj will be exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana from 14 to 23 November 2014.

Marij Pregelj, 1913-1967
Exhibition of illustrations of Homer’s Odyssey, 1951

Extensive and varied, Marij Pregelj‘s oeuvre is undoubtedly among the most notable modernist oeuvres in Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia, with illustration being its especially significant chapter. Together with his illustrations of the Iliad, Pregelj‘s illustrations of the Odyssey represent a turning point both in the development of his illustration and his entire oeuvre, having also a notable impact on the general understanding of modernism in post-war Slovenia. The human figure with its eloquent poses, gestures, and facial expressions also reflects – in addition to various West European references indicative of Pregelj‘s vast knowledge of art history – the artist‘s experience of World War II, as well as intimate questions of human condition that came to the fore in the post-war period. The exhibition of Pregelj’s illustrations for the Odyssey, accompanied by a selection of his preparatory studies, thus sheds a special light on the selection of his key paintings, which are on view in Moderna galerija’s permanent exhibition 20th Century. Continuities and Ruptures.