From Homeland to Homeland
26. 10. 2023 to 23. 1. 2024
26. 10. 2023 to 23. 1. 2024

From Homeland to Homeland: the return of Slovenian emigrants and their descendants to Slovenia after 1990

You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition From Homeland to Homeland: the return of Slovenian emigrants and their descendants to Slovenia after 1990, which will be on display in the foyer of the Knights’ Hall at the National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia from 26 October 2023 to 23 January 2024.

According to unofficial estimates about half a million Slovenians and people of Slovenian origin live outside the borders of the Republic of Slovenia. About 130,000 of them constitute ethnic minorities living in the regions directly bordering Slovenia in Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy. Some were born in Slovenia and then moved abroad, some have never been to Slovenia, some have visited once and some visit regularly. There are also some who have decided that Slovenia will (again) become their home – the so-called ‘returnees’. 

The exhibition presents a concise overview of emigration from the Slovenian ethnic regions from the 19th century onwards. It highlights major historical events that influenced its course and places the life stories of ‘returnees’ of different generations at the centre of the exhibition. Each story provides a unique perspective on life as an emigrant and the return to the homeland or the homeland of one’s ancestors, thus revealing different chapters in the history of Slovenian emigration.


Art competition This is Slovenia
Artworks were created during the international art competition This is Slovenia, which took place from May 15 to July 15, 2023. We invited children of Slovenian emigrants to participate. Fine arts of the youngest will also be on display at the exhibition.

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The exhibition was made possible by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.