Landscape & Identity

Rudolf Maister’s Birthplace
When: from 15.06.2022, 19:00 to 09.02.2023, 18:00

The Birth House of Rudolf Maister will once again host cross-border Slovenes from Carinthia, Austria. Their exhibition entitled Landscape & Identity: Geographical Names as Intangible Cultural Heritage will be on display. The authors of the exhibition are Mag. Martina Piko Rustia, head of the Slovenian Ethnographic Institute Urban Jarnik in Celovec, and expert associate mag. Ears Sereinig.

The traveling bilingual exhibition Landscape & Identity was part of the 100th anniversary of the Carinthian plebiscite in Carinthia, Austria: “Carinthia 2020. The entire project, which included consultations, workshops and marches and field research, was conceived and implemented by the Slovenian Urban Jarnik Institute from Celovec.

The installation Landscape & Identity is the result of the collection of Slovene house and ice names in Carinthia started more than ten years ago, initiated by Slovene local cultural associations and interest communities (the Rural Farmers’ Interest Community) in cooperation with the Slovene Ethnographic Institute Urban Jarnik and mediocre Slovenian cultural organizations (SPZ and KKZ). The project was also awarded by the Austrian UNESCO Commission as an example of good practice and care for the intergenerational transfer of intangible cultural heritage, and in 2010 adopted the element “Slovenian glacial and house names” in the national list of intangible cultural heritage (

The exhibition, which has so far been on view at the Cultural Center in Pliberk and at the Slovenian Gymnasium in Klagenfurt, will tell us on billboards with narrative texts, photographs and maps about ice names as a mirror of the landscape, their origin, mountain and water names., characteristics, motivation, composition… and much more, a curious visitor of this traveling exhibition will be able to find out in Maister’s birth house in Kamnik.