Ljubljana gains a Tobacco Museum

Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre in Ljubljana. Photo: Matevž Paternoster /MGML

April 2011

Ljubljana has been enriched by yet another cultural development – the doors to the renovated Tobacco Museum, which hosts the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and Tobačna Ljubljana's museum collection, have opened at the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre. Ljubljana has in this way been rewarded with an updated review of its rich industrial heritage. The new museum will function within the City Museum Ljubljana.

Ljubljana's tobacco factory was founded on 19 January 1871 and represents a significant part of the industrial heritage of the city. To mark the 140th anniversary of its operation, the company made a commitment to renovate the Tobacco Museum, and, 20 years after its establishment, the renovated collection has now moved to new premises at the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre. Through its donations, Tobačna Ljubljana has supported the entire gallery programme for the centre for 2011.

In this way, the company has demonstrated its commitment to the local community, continuing its decades-long support for cultural, social, environmental and industrial projects in Ljubljana and elsewhere, as a longstanding partner to culture in Ljubljana.

In developing the identity of the Tobacco Museum and Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre, its designer Boris Balant relied on the industrial heritage of Tobačna Ljubljana and on specific features of the location and materials. In his words: "We tried to capture the atmosphere of the factory's past and present the occurrences of the time in a transparent, simple and, at the same time, modern way."

Besides the Tobacco Museum, the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre is also intended for gallery activities and houses the Galerija 001, the second gallery of the City Art Museum Ljubljana. The programme opened with an exhibition of international artist Jan Fabre.

Text by Polona Prešeren, Sinfo May 2011