Presentation of the monograph “Tracing the Art of the Straub Family” in Ljubljana
On Monday, October 14, 2019 the presentation of the monograph Tracing the Art of the Straub Family took place in the Golden Hall in the National Gallery in Ljubljana. The monograph is one of the results of the two-year project TrArS.
Dr. Ksenija Škarić, the project manager from the Croatian Conservation Institute (which is also the leading partner of the project) was the first speaker. She explained how the idea about the project (and the monograph) started and how it developed. Next, dr. Robert Peskar, the general conservator from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, who brought the institution to the project, presented the role of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia in the project and in publishing the monograph. He also spoke about some art works by Joseph Straub since, from 2015, there are conservation-restoration works continuously being done by the restorers from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. Dr. Matej Klemenčič, a professor at the Art History department on the Faculty of Arts University of Ljubljana and project coordinator for Slovenia, co-editor of the monograph and co-author of the introductory chapter, started his speech with a remark, that TrArS project can be understood as an exemplary project of cross-border and interdisciplinary co-operation. Nowadays, this kind of projects in the field of art history in Slovenia are difficult to realise, because of financial issues. He also pointed out the great importance of the monograph, especially since dr. Sergej Vrišer, important researcher of baroque sculpture in Slovenia, had a similar idea already in the 80ies. Valentina Pavlič, a young researcher and a PhD student at the University of Ljubljana, who is an author of the chapter about Joseph Straub and several catalogue units in the monograph, presented life and work of Joseph Straub, who lived and worked in Maribor. The formal part of the event concluded with the presentation of the contents and technical details of the book by dr. Katra Meke, curator in the National Gallery in Ljubljana and also collaborator in the project and co-editor of the monograph.
During the presentation, a projection of the photographs with the sculptural works of Straub brothers was displayed as well as a short movie with the presentation of the monograph, the latter was prepared by Saša Dolinšek (you can see the movie here). In addition, there were two newly restored sculptures exhibited just for the event – the sculpture of St Joseph and St John of Nepomuk, the latter was signed by Joseph Straub, and a small sculpture of Crucified (an attribute of St John of Nepomuk) from the high altar of St Henry in Areh na Pohorju (at the moment the altar is being restored at Restoration centre of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia).
Photographs: Valentin Benedik