Unknown Lojze Spacal. Paintings and Drawings

11. 10. 2001 – 2. 11. 2001

The exhibition “Unknown Lojze Spacal” reveals works of his less well known opus, bound in content to Slovene Istria. The drawings and pictures on paper shown,  found by chance in the last year of his life in the attic of a Trieste apartment, also provide a historical insight into the master’s most explanatory period, when he withdrew radically from the magic of realism, and entirely unencumbered by topical European trends and Italian metaphysical painting, or by the social realism established in the Slovene space, developed recognizable art style of his own. It was simultaneously the time that moulded the master’s whole creative vitality for life: Picasso’s well known simple motto and only real truth on an always enigmatic creative path.

                                                                                               Nives Marvin


Lojze Spacal

Lojze Spacal was born on 15 June in Trieste. His father died when he was four, so he had to survive alone from the age of eleven. At the same time, he also finished the Ciril and Metod public school. He was arrested when he was twenty-two for anti-fascist activities, and interned in southern Italy where, after painting a coffin for a girl he decided on a path of painting and graphics. He matriculated from the Art Academy in Venice in 1934 and the same year obtained a permit from Rome to teach drawing. The next year he was already teaching in vocational schools in Trieste. He continued his studies at the Art Institute for Decorative Arts in Monza and privately at the Academy Brera in Milan. During the second world war, in 1942 and 1943, he was confined in the Corropoli concentration camp and was sent from there to a labour battalion in Forte dei Marmi. After the war, he returned to Triste, renovated an old house in Piran and ethnographically arranged a Karst homestead in Škrbina near Komen. He was active as an artist up to his death on 6 May 2000.

Vasja Nagy