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Janez Lenassi

(YAHN-ez le-NAHS-see)

Birthplace: Opatija, Croatia

Heritage: Slovene

Date born: July 3rd, 1927

Date deceased: January 26th, 2008

Education: Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Ljubljana (graduated 1951)

Biography

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

Mirna, SLO

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"

Ormož, SLO

Name: Mon. to the People's Liberation Struggle

Year: completed 1973

Location: N46°24'26.0", E16°09'02.8"

Logatec, SLO

Name: Monument to Ivan Mlinar

Year: completed 1979

Location: N45°55'02.8", E14°16'25.6"

Vogar, SLO

Name: Monument to WWII Rail Workers

Year: completed 1962

Location: N46°17'42.6", E13°52'29.6"

Portorož, SLO

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"

Cerkno, SLO

Name: Monument to the Victims of the NOB

Year: completed 1963

Location: N46°07'32.5", E13°58'58.0"

Labin, HR

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"

Vienna, Austria

Name: 'Meeting' at Donau Park

Year: completed 1959

Location: N48°14'22.7", E16°25'00.9"

Hořice, Czechia

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"

Jockgrim, Germany

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.

Ljubljana, SLO

Name: concept for Monument to the Revolution

Year: proposed 1962