Vivat Slovenia!

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2023/04/19 - 2023/05/31


To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Hungary and Slovenia, our library organised a temporary exhibition entitled Vivat Slovenia!. One year after the anniversary, the exhibition was made in close professional partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department of Slavonic Studies of the ELTE Faculty of Humanities, as a result of the excellent diplomatic relations between the two countries. By organising the exhibition, the NSZL wishes to contribute to the long-standing excellent relations between Slovenia and Hungary and to the further development and deepening of Hungarian-Slovenian professional relations.

The temporary exhibition will be open until 31 May 2023,
during the library's opening hours,
from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.


The backbone of the exhibition is the history of the reception of Slovenian literature in Hungary, with a special focus on the literary translations (poetry books, novels, storybooks, anthologies) of the last thirty years, which comprise almost eighty volumes.

In Hungary, the lively translation activity of the seventies and eighties of the 20th century came to an end in the early nineties. After that, the number of translations fell dramatically and only started to increase towards the end of the decade, reaching a more dynamic level after 2000.

Over the past thirty years, several monolingual and bilingual anthologies of Slovenian literature have been published, including collections of poetry, short stories and essays, as well as anthologies of new and contemporary literature.

Since the establishment of independent Slovenia, the works of France Prešeren, a world-renowned literary figure of Slovenian literature and the first synthesizing poet of Slovenian poetry, have received as much attention in Hungarian literary circles as the literary works of recent and contemporary Slovenian writers such as Kajetan Kovič, Tomaž Šalamun, Drago Jančar and Aleš Debeljak.

The exhibition also includes a selection of rare books that bear witness to the centuries-old relations between the two nations.

In addition to the volumes and texts, the public can also find portraits and photographs of the authors. The latter have been made available by the National and University Library of Ljubljana.

The exhibition is complemented by online quizzes, jigsaw puzzles and interactive games on the national library's touch screens.


Curator of the exhibition: Mladen Pavičič
Editor: Jolán Mann
Exhibition design: Mária Gazdag / Lulla Interiors
Graphic Design: Tamás Takács / Artom Grafika
Exhibition installation: Kiáll Kft.


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