Designers & Creators Directory
Birthplace: Opatija, Croatia
Date born: July 3rd, 1927
Date deceased: January 26th, 2008
Education: Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Ljubljana (graduated 1951)
Born in western Croatia in 1927, Slovene sculptor Janez Lenassi began his artistic academic career attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, studying under notable professors Peter Loboda and Frančišek Smerdu. After graduating in 1956, he began teaching art at various grade schools while developing his personal artistic style. In 1959, he attended his first sculpture symposium at Sankt Margarethen in Austria. Inspired by his success there, Lenassi went on to exhibit his work at even more symposiums, showing his work at more than 30 international exhibitions through his life, which led to significant recognition and attention. Lenassi's work focused on creating a geometric 'symbiosis of sculpture', where the abstractness of the work would seamlessly integrate itself into the natural landscape around it. Furthermore, Lenassi was interested in allowing the attributes of each material he worked with (be it clay, wood, stone, concrete or metal) to subtly express their inherent qualities through the way in which he shaped them. In 1965, he was commissioned to create a National Liberation War memorial in Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia. He created a large cuboid concrete monolith that would stand as one of his most notable and remembered works.
In 1966, he was bestowed with the Prešeren Award, Slovenia's highest honor for lifetime achievement in arts and culture. Along with sculpting, Lenassi also was an accomplished stage designer, creating the set production for over 26 theatre, dance and film performances across Slovenia. Over his life, Lenassi created hundreds of sculptures, put on hundreds of exhibitions and received dozens of awards and recognition. Later in his life, he collaborated with his son, Aleš, on various artistic projects. He spent the last decades of his life living in Piran, where he passed away in 2008 at the age of 81. Lenassi continued sculpting new works until the very last months of his life.
Works by this Designer:
This is a listing of a number of memorials, monuments, cultural centers and other notable Yugoslav-era civic works by Janez Lenassi. Those sites listed in the upper part of this section have profile pages, while those listed in the lower part do not yet have completed profile pages. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to over time.
Yugoslav Works with profile pages:
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Ilirska Bistrica, SLO
Name: Monument on Freedom Hill
Year: completed 1965, with Živa Baraga-Moškon
Name: Monument to the Fallen on Roja Hill
Year: completed 1965
Yugoslav Works without profile pages:
Nova Gorica, SLO
Name: Monument to Edvard Rusjan
Year: completed 1960
Location: N45°57'22.3", E13°38'48.2"
Name: Mon. to the People's Liberation Struggle
Year: completed 1973
Location: N46°24'26.0", E16°09'02.8"
Name: Monument to Ivan Mlinar
Year: completed 1979
Location: N45°55'02.8", E14°16'25.6"
Name: Monument to WWII Rail Workers
Year: completed 1962
Location: N46°17'42.6", E13°52'29.6"
Name: Monument to Partisan Mariners
Year: completed 1977
Location: N45°30'49.9", E13°35'23.6"
Vanga Island, HR
Name: Memorial Fountain dedicated to Tito
Year: completed 1980
Location: N44°54'40.7", E13°43'38.9"
Name: Monument to the Victims of the NOB
Year: completed 1963
Location: N46°07'32.5", E13°58'58.0"
Name: 'South Wind' at Dubrova Sculpture Park
Year: completed 1972
Location: N45°06'51.9", E14°06'47.8"
International Works without profile pages:
Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
Name: Untitled work at Desert Sculpture Park
Year: completed 1962
Location: N30°36'52.6", E34°48'21.1"
Name: 'Meeting' at Donau Park
Year: completed 1959
Location: N48°14'22.7", E16°25'00.9"
Name: 'Expectation' at St. Gothard Sculpture Park
Year: completed 1966
Location: N50°21'59.9", E15°38'37.4"
St. Margarethen, Austria
Name: 'Meditative Stone' at Bilderhauerhaus
Year: completed 1965
Location: N47°48'18.9", E16°37'52.9"
Name: 'Together' at the Bürgerhaus
Year: completed 1989
Location: N09°05'35.5", E08°16'24.1"
Unrealized Memorial Projects:
This section contains a listing of design proposals for various memorial projects that were submitted to competitions for consideration, but were ultimately NOT the final proposals chosen by the selection juries for the memorial projects they were submitted for. Below each photo is detailed the monument project it was submitted for, as well as the year it was submitted in.
Name: concept for Monument to the Revolution
Year: proposed 1962
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