Uršula Cetinski, the General Manager of Cankarjev dom, explained why the venue decided to prepare its first exhibition on natural science in cooperation with the Museum of Natural History: “Now is the time for the first nature-oriented exhibition, which will help us shine a light on the pressing environmental problem. The exhibition comes at an opportune time, as we will devote much of our efforts to solving the environmental problem in the upcoming years.” The exhibition, In the Vortex of Change, is a tremendous undertaking production-wise and may well be one of the most demanding ever held in Cankarjev dom’s exhibition space. It will appeal to all generations with an interactive design and programme.
The exhibition was designed by the Slovenian architect Sanja Jurca Avci, who specialised in setting up exhibitions in recent years. “Green and red are the two colours that dominate the exhibition. The former represents ever-present change caused by nature itself, whereas the latter signals changes caused by humans, which feature an extra graphic warning. The vortex of change that amazes visitors is segmented into several topics – natural environments: mountains, sea, rivers, forest, underground and pastures. Before the end of the exhibition, the visitors must face themselves and their actions,” said the architect. The exhibition offers several practical solutions to how we can all contribute to sustainability and preserving nature.
“The holistic experience is crucial when visiting an exhibition. I always consider what a visitor sees when entering a space. I try to lead them through the space. I tend to draw parallels with the theatre, where I work as a stage designer, even though I have a limited role. In an exhibition, on the other hand, I also take on the role of a producer, as one must guide the experience. The curated experience is created in cooperation with museum curators who are experts in their respective fields,” added Sanja Jurca Avci. This exhibition is incredibly complex and rich as it comprises numerous subjects, information and multimedia elements. More importantly, the texts are concise and appealing, making them eye-catching to visitors.
Showing how each of us can play our part in saving the planet
The exhibition highlights the important principles of nature and the fact that everything in our world is changing. Earth has been changing since the planet formed, and over a history spanning billions of years, life on Earth has undergone an evolutionary change. On every level, we are witnessing changes occurring between birth and death, the seasons, day and night, and between ebb and flow. Living environments are also changing. Massive and alarming changes in nature have recently been caused by humankind. Human over-exploitation of natural resources and pollution have led to global climate change, and species are becoming extinct at a significantly faster rate than ever before in the history of life on Earth.
The show offers an opportunity to discover, explore and marvel at the mysteries of nature while reflecting on and finding answers to various questions. Perhaps the most difficult of these questions is whether humankind will have the wisdom or foresight to stop the destruction of nature and ensure sustainable development for posterity. Ultimately, it shows how each of us can play our part in saving the Earth.