Regional Archives Koper, Piran Branch

Piran-Pirano

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Pokrajinski arhiv Koper, Enota Piran

Savudrijska ulica 5 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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The Piran Branch of the Regional Archives Koper was established in 1974. The Piran archives keep the oldest documents dating from the mid-12th-century period of the Venetian Republic and the oldest fully-preserved Slovenian City Statute from 1307. In October 2009 the archives moved to new premises in the town centre. They provide space for exhibitions and a small reading room for the study of the archives. The archival documents can be viewed on request and it is recommendable to order materials preliminary by phone or online.

Pečarič Gallery

Piran-Pirano

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Galerija Hermana Pečariča

Leninova 2 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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A branch gallery of the Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries network, Pečarič Gallery houses a permanent collection of works by the artist Herman Pečarič (1908–1981), a native of Primorska. It is also the podium of the ceramic part of the Ex-tempore Piran – International Painting and Ceramics and Piran Days of Architecture. In combination with other galleries of Coastal Galleries it occasionally features a portion of the larger exhibitions. It is also a place for literary events.

Pečarič is known in Slovenia as a painter of Istrian motifs. The exhibited selection of works offers a fine survey of the artist’s work from his early years to his final days of activity. The exhibition is installed in the renovated premises of a building which, according to its stylistic elements, belongs to the architectural period around the turn of the 20th century and which is a rare example of secular architecture in Slovene Istria.

Pečarič Gallery is connected to the Meduza 2 Gallery, Piran by a garden adorned with stone sculptures made in the course of workshops during the Forma Viva Open Air Stone Sculpture symposia held in Seča.

Mediadom Pyrhani

Piran-Pirano

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Mediadom Pyrhani

Kumarjeva ulica 3 SI-6330 , Piran-Pirano

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Mediadom Pyrhani is a multimedia museum and a multipurpose venue set in the city centre of the coastal town of Piran. Established in 2015, the place is fully equipped to host all sorts of events, from concerts, film screenings and theatre plays to round tables, lectures and workshops. As a museum, it is focused on Piran and its history presented via a variety of media, from 3-D film projections to interactive, motion sensing displays. Additionally, Mediadom Pyrhani is also meant to serve as a network node for the activities of the coastal cultural producers and institutions.

Managed by the Association of Cultural Societies Piran, Mediadom has hosted festivals such as the Festival of European and Mediterranean Film, the Mediterranean International Folklore Festival (MIFF), the Tartini Festival and several events (workshops, concerts and such), some of them organised by Mediadom itself. It also offers all the information concerning the upcoming events and cultural institutions of Piran.

Museum exhibition

Due to its interactive and multimedia nature, the museum is especially appealing to children but geared towards all age groups. It offers its visitors a 3-D film and two animated films interspersed with documentary recordings, thus presenting 2000 years of Piran’s history and explaining how this densely populated town grew out of its salt pans and fishing industries.

Other media – touch screens, interactive, motion sensing screens, photographs, drawings, texts (in five languages) and so on – present the town’s various archaeological discoveries, cultural monuments and its prominent personalities. Additionally, there are sketches about the history of the Venetian Republic, which for many centuries used to hold sway over Piran. The museum also holds the original “pillar of shame”, formerly stationed in the city centre but now replaced by a replica.

The basement of Mediadom is an archaeological finding in itself. It is a newly discovered and centuries old underground corridor, presumably used as a crypt.

Background

In 2007, the town authorities started to renovate the premises of the local wind orchestra. During the renovation works one of the machines almost fell into a wholly unexpected hole in the ground. It later turned out that they had found the remains of a church, built at the same spot in 1374 and demolished in the 19th century. The corridor they’d discovered probably functioned as a crypt.

At the initiative of the Municipality of Piran, the findings were to be presented in situ, in the basement and on the ground floor of the building. Subsequently, the wind orchestra was given another place and the building was re-purposed for its current use.

Architecture

Piran Days of Architecture

20. 11. - 20. 11. 2021

Piran-Pirano

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Piranski dnevi arhitekture

Tartinijev trg 3 SI-6330 , Piran-Pirano

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Organised by Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries and, as of recently, also the DESSA Architecture Centre, the international conference Piran Days of Architecture has been going on annually since 1983. Mostly taking place in in the medieval coastal town of Piran, the conference aims to assess current trends in architecture and present the most progressive and innovative ideas of architectural and spatial production. It consists of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and a competitive programme of architectural solutions.

The event is mainly held in the beautiful surroundings of the Tartini Theatre, though other venues such as the Monfort Exhibition Space, the Pečarič Gallery and the Meduza Gallery, Koper are also used for parts of the programme. The distinguished Piranesi Award is granted for best achievements in architecture along with two Piranesi Mentions and a Student Piranesi Award.

Background

The Piran Days of Architecture (also abbreviated as PIDA) were initiated and for a long time led by the renowned Slovene architect Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010).

In 2008, the younger generation of architects took over this event, since then presided by architect Maja Ivanič. PDA conference is an important meeting of architects, students of architecture and of others who share an interest in architecture. It presents a significant contribution in promoting Slovene architecture in the context of a broader European space, meanwhile offering a platform for effective cooperation of architects, economists and politicians, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.

Themes

Recent themes of the seminar have included Between the Rational and the Irrational in Architecture (2003), Architectural Policies (2005), Exhibited Architecture (2006), Architectural Diversity (2008), , and Reanimation of Architecture (2010), Active Architecture (2011), Ethics of Architecture (2013), Invention and Tradition in Architecture (2015).

Lectures

The conference presents one of the few international expert meetings of architects hosted by Slovenia, with renowned architects from Europe and other parts of the world giving lectures: Friedrich Achleitner, Boris Podrecca, Heinz Tesar, Luigi Semerani, Gino Valle, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alvaro Siza Viera, Peter Zumthor, Enric Miralles, Sverre Fehn, Kenneth Frampton, David Chipperfield, among others. The lecturers also act as the jury for the Piranesi Award.

For example, lecturers at the 27th international architectural conference were Maruša Zorec – Arrea Architecture, Milton Braga – MVBB, Robert McCarter , Saša Randić – Randić&Turato, Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio, John Wardle – John Wardle Architects, Aaron Tan – RAD, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell – GRAFTON, and Diébédo Francis Kéré – KERE Architecture.

Exhibitions

The PIDA conference is traditionally accompanied by several architectural exhibitions. The most important is the International Architectural Exhibition Piranesi, featuring recent works by Central European architects that compete for the distinguished international Piranesi Award. The national selectors select five projects from each of their countries, these being Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The main exhibition usually takes place in the Piran City Gallery or the Monfort Exhibition Space, but occasionally also gets to be shown abroad in places such as FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture and the University of Liechtenstein.

This display is augmented by an international student exhibitions, co-curated by 8 faculties of architecture from the region – and, additionally, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

Other accompanying exhibitions have, for example, included a photo exhibition of Iwan Baan Brasili Chandigarh: Living with Modernity, an exhibition of a workshop No-man’s water by Hrvoje Njirić, the exhibition Viktor Sulčič, 1895-1973, architect that was designed by the architect and professor Janez Koželj, the display Houses of the World by Hiše Magazine and the Vertigo Bird Vertigo Light display by Vertigo Bird.

Music

Tartini Festival

27. 08. - 9. 09. 2022

Piran-Pirano

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Tartini festival

Levstikova 7 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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Established in 2001 the Tartini Festival is an international music festival dedicated to one of the greatest violinists of the Baroque period, the Piran-born Guiseppe Tartini (1692–1770). The programme directors and founders of the festival, Jasna Nadles and Milan Vrsajkov, strive to bring world renowned performers of Classical and Baroque music to Piran and the Slovene Istria.

Background

The festival focuses on the promotion of the cultural profile of the Istria region and the Slovene musical culture. From the beginning, the festival has presented many accomplished performers, such as cellist Erich Oskar Huetter, pianist Francesco De Zan, the Ensemble 1756, the Choir of Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft and the Vienna Instrumental Soloists (Rudolf Gindlhumer, Konrad Monsberger, Helmut Ascherl, Karl Eichinger).

In 2002, the festival started out with 4 classical music concerts and has been steadily growing each year with well-attended concerts at the main events; the Golden Tartini Festival, and open-air concerts of the Tartini Junior programme. Some of the leading Baroque musicians, such as violinist Giuliano Carmignola, bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, and cellist Christophe Coin, have appeared together for the first time at one of the festival’s main events.

In 2009, the festival’s programme featured 10 concerts within a two-week time frame, thus enhancing the festival atmosphere. 2011 marked the 10-year anniversary of the festival, featuring 8 main festival events with performances by Slovene and international master musicians, including the festival ensemble Il Terzo Suono, founded in 2005. The ensemble performs its repertoire on Baroque instruments and accompanies famous soloists at the Tartini Festival as well as other venues.


Festival Tartinijevi dnevi Piran Promo / The Days of Tartini Festival Piran Promo Official Video by Zdravko Pleše on YouTube
The Festival Ensemble Il Terzo Suono
The international ensemble Il Terzo Suono is composed of members of various international orchestras and operates under the direction of Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble has in the past 4 editions of the Tartini Festival accompanied famous soloists. The name of the ensemble, The Third Sound, is in reference to the acoustic phenomenon first discovered by Giuseppe Tartini, whereby using the technique of playing double stops on a string instrument one can hear a third sound. The ensemble tours the wider European region, increasing the visibility of the Slovene cultural scene with performances at European festivals, such as the Ravello Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Preparations are under way for the recording of a CD with pieces by Slovene and European composers of the 17th and 18th century (A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, G. Pulitti and I. Posh).

The Festival Ensemble Il Terzo Suono

The international ensemble Il Terzo Suono is composed of members of various international orchestras and operates under the direction of Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble has in the past 4 editions of the Tartini Festival accompanied famous soloists. The name of the ensemble, The Third Sound, is in reference to the acoustic phenomenon first discovered by Giuseppe Tartini, whereby using the technique of playing double stops on a string instrument one can hear a third sound. The ensemble tours the wider European region, increasing the visibility of the Slovene cultural scene with performances at European festivals, such as the Ravello Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Preparations are under way for the recording of a CD with pieces by Slovene and European composers of the 17th and 18th century (A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, G. Pulitti and I. Posh).

Festival themes and concerts

Each year the Tartini Festival is held in the Primorska region, with most events taking place in Piran. Chamber concerts and solo performances are performed at main events, featuring performances of established musicians from all over the world. The festival’s aim is to promote classical music and Tartini’s works among the local public, especially those who does not usually attend classical concerts. The side event Tartini Junior focuses on the presentation of talented young Slovene musicians, who have received awards at international contests and the main national contest TEMSIG. It highlights the Slovene musical culture with young musicians performing works by Slovene composers. Another side event, Tartini under the Stars, features open-air concerts on Tartini Square by promising young Slovene artists.

Ex-tempore Piran – International Painting and Ceramics

28. 08. - 4. 09. 2021

Piran-Pirano

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Mednarodni slikarski ex-tempore Piran

Tartinijev trg 3 SI-6330 , Piran-Pirano

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Organised since 1964 by the Coastal Galleries, Ex-tempore Piran is one of the oldest competitive art festivals of its kind in Slovenia, running uninterrupted since its start. Initiated by Pavle Zamar Zappa, the concept is simple: participating artists (coming from all over Europe) are given a set amount of time to make paintings and ceramic works that are then judged and awarded by an expert jury. The name itself comes from Latin, ex tempore meaning “on the spur of the moment” or “without preparation”.

While initially a painting festival, since 1995 it has been augmented with a simultaneously held ceramics edition, and as of 2003 also by the Genius Loci Lera Workshop, held at the nearby salt-pans at Sečovlje. Other events modelled on Piran’s Ex-tempore soon spread around what used to be Yugoslavia and also to Italy and Austria.

Programme

The number of painters who submit their works to the festival is regularly over 300 (the participating ceramicists are somewhat less in numbers, around 50) – while a significant part of the participants are professional academic artists, the rest are amateur artists who are eager to offer their works for comparative evaluation. An international jury picks a selection of the submitted works (typically about 1 in 3) to be exhibited at either the Piran City Gallery or at the Monfort Exhibition Space in Portorož. Other exhibition spaces run by the Coastal Galleries are sometimes used as well, such as the Loža Gallery and the Meduza Gallery, both in Koper.

Additional side-events occasionally also take place, like, for example, an exhibition of Ex-Tempore’s collection of past winners.

Awards

The international jury of the festival bestows awards to works in different categories, the most important among them being the annual grand prix for painting. Past winners include Matej Čepin (2009), Bojan Šumonja (2010), Branko Kolarič (2011), Janko Kastelic (2014) and Nicola Tomasi (2014). Other awards (usually) include the young author purchase prize (meaning that the work is purchased by either the organiser or an outside party), some further major purchase prizes (often involving prominent coastal businesses and the three municipalities), the watercolour prize, prizes for work on paper, and honourable mentions. Upon viewing selected exhibited works, various sponsors and regional hotels award a significant number of additional purchase prizes.

The festival of ceramics also gives the grand prix as well (in 2009 it went to Anja Radović and in 2014 to Mladen Ivančić (HR)), plus a solo exhibition at the Pečarič Gallery (in 2009 it went to Andreja Trkman) and – depending on the year – a set of other prizes.

Past winners

The international jury of the festival bestows awards to works in different categories, the most important among them being the annual grand prix for painting. Past winners include Matej Čepin (2009), Bojan Šumonja (2010), Branko Kolarič (2011), Janko Kastelic (2014) and Nicola Tomasi (2014). Other awards (usually) include the young author purchase prize (meaning that the work is purchased by either the organiser or an outside party), some further major purchase prizes (often involving prominent coastal businesses and the three municipalities), the watercolour prize, prizes for work on paper, and honourable mentions. Upon viewing selected exhibited works, various sponsors and regional hotels award a significant number of additional purchase prizes.

The festival of ceramics also gives the grand prix as well (in 2009 it went to Anja Radović and in 2014 to Mladen Ivančić (HR)), plus a solo exhibition at the Pečarič Gallery (in 2009 it went to Andreja Trkman) and – depending on the year – a set of other prizes.