The Aleš Kunaver Fonds (1958–1984)
Curator: Jožica Šparovec

The Aleš Kunaver Fonds (Ljubljana, 23.6.1935–2.11.1984, Blejska Dobrava) was obtained in 2014 via a gift contract by which the Kunaver family presented 6.254 mostly colour transparencies of various formats to the National Museum of Contemporary History. The deceased Aleš Kunaver was a deserving Slovenian alpinist, head of five Yugoslav Himalayan expeditions and one expedition to the Hindu Kush, cameraman of the first Slovenian and Yugoslav Himalayan films, constructor of mountaineering equipment, mountain rescuer and lecturer.
Among the donated transparencies, the majority of photographs are from the pioneer period of Slovene and Yugoslav Himalayan exploration, between 1960 and 1984, from the expedition to Trisul in India in 1960, the expedition to the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan in 1968, and from the expeditions to Nepal: to Anapurna in 1969, to Makalu in 1972 and 1975, to Lhotse in 1981 and to Manaslu in 1984.
Filip Bence (right) and Pavel Podgornik in the Lhotse wall under camp IV (7,400 m) during the transportation of the tent for the installation of camp V, Nepal, 1981. Inv. no.: KA3185.
Filip Bence (right) and Pavel Podgornik in the Lhotse wall under camp IV (7,400 m) during the transportation of the tent for the installation of camp V, Nepal, 1981. Inv. no.: KA3185.
During the 3rd Yugoslav Himalayan expedition to Anapurna: bearers, including women, carried heavy loads, even over steep and dangerous terrain, mostly barefoot, Nepal, 1969. Inv. no.: KA1101.
During the 3rd Yugoslav Himalayan expedition to Anapurna: bearers, including women, carried heavy loads, even over steep and dangerous terrain, mostly barefoot, Nepal, 1969. Inv. no.: KA1101.
Rubbing the rice after harvest on terraced fields, Nepal, 1962. Inv. no.: KA5321.
Rubbing the rice after harvest on terraced fields, Nepal, 1962. Inv. no.: KA5321.
From the international meeting of the ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue): Third from the left Marjan Keršič – Belač, sculptor, mountaineer, mountain rescuer, instructor and mountain guide; fourth from the left Andrej More – ‘Gandi’, mountaineer and mountain rescuer; fifth from the left Rudi Campell, doctor of the Swiss Mountain Rescue Service, Switzerland, 1959. Inv. no.: KA5643.
From the international meeting of the ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue): Third from the left Marjan Keršič – Belač, sculptor, mountaineer, mountain rescuer, instructor and mountain guide; fourth from the left Andrej More – ‘Gandi’, mountaineer and mountain rescuer; fifth from the left Rudi Campell, doctor of the Swiss Mountain Rescue Service, Switzerland, 1959. Inv. no.: KA5643.