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Stay safe! #36 - 19 maggio



Stay safe! #36 - 19 maggio

Durante la chiusura al pubblico dell'Istituto, in questa pagina vi proponiamo testi e riflessioni di amici e scrittori, talvolta scritti per l'occasione, scelti ogni giorno per voi. Un modo di rimanere vicini, anche nella distanza.

‘The ideological marking of space along the Slovene-Italian border’

A new book by Professor Egon Pelikan (Hitler and Mussolini in Churches, Peter Lang, 2020) links together three historical phenomena that characterised the borderland between the Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia: the ideology and practice of the so-called fascismo di confine, the secret anti-Fascist and Irredentist engagement of the Slovenian Catholic Clergy under Fascist rule and the artistic revolt against and subversion of Fascism in public space as staged through church painting and decoration by the Slovenian Expressionist painter Tone Kralj.

Under Fascist rule, a Nazi occupation and in the aftermath of the Second World War, Kralj painted frescoes in 46 churches in this area, symbolically delineating what Pelikan calls an ‘imaginary border’. These frescoes featured Hitler, Mussolini and other Fascist icons in the guise of Biblical villains. His scenes of violence against the powerless include recognisable attributes of Fascism and Nazism, from fasces and Roman eagles to swastikas and Nazi military insignia – a repertoire of emblems of totalitarianisms contrasted by symbolic motifs from Slovenian and Slavic cultural lore. Focusing on this unique cultural manifestation, Kralj’s artistic legacy offers the contemporary reader an epic journey through the history of two European borderlands.

Egon Pelikan, Head of the Institute for Historical Studies, ZRS Koper


Date: Da Tuesday, May 19, 2020 a Monday, May 25, 2020

Entrance : Free