Ljubljana, May 2016

The Arcade Gallery – a sound gallery in Ljubljana

The Arcade Gallery is a new sound gallery on the scenic Ljubljana market, which will revive Plečnik’s arcades with sound compositions composed especially for the arcades. The sound gallery will revive the arcades also during the night and when the market is closed.

The Arcade Gallery is a new sound gallery we are opening in Ljubljana this year- It will be located in the old town on the central market, designed by the architect Joze Plecnik and built between 1940 and 1942. The market was built on the bank of Ljubljanica river – the main river in Slovenia, which runs through the city center. The colonnade (where the Arcade Gallery will be located) stands on the place where the city walls once stood. The architecture was inspired by Bernini’s colonnade in front of Saint Peter’s church in Rome. The colonnades surrounding large open air surfaces are a typical element in Plecnik’s works, influenced by the antique agoras.


The Arcade Gallery will be a unique sound gallery. Selected artists will compose sound compositions especially for the arcades. The gallery is located punder the neoclassical arcades of Joze Plecnik’s central market. Artists will be able to use the 8/16-channel speaker positions for a unique spatial experience of sound. The Arcade Gallery will revive the market when it closes and the city goes to sleep, painting it with textures and landscapes of unique site-specific compositions, made exclusively for the space.


Past events

We announced the Arcade gallery last year with a concert by the Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, who also wrote a composition for the gallery. The artist performed on the Ljubljanica river. Visitors watched the concert from the Three Bridges, the arcades on the market and the opposite river bank. 

A concert on the Ljubljanica river announcing the new sound gallery. Photo: Jani Peternelj
The sound of cello travels echoes on the river banks. Photo: Jani Peternelj
Hildur Gudnadottir performing live on the Ljubljanica river. Photo: Jani Peternelj


This year, the Arcade gallery will present works by Hildur Guðnadóttir and Masayoshi Fujita.