Exhibition: Another View – Vlasto Kopàč and his drawings of the Dachau concentration camp

Kopac drawing

In the National Museum for Contemporary History in Ljubljana there are some 80 postcard-sized drawings capturing scenes from life in the Dachau concentration camp. The works by the Slovenian architect Vlasto Kopàč (1913-2006) are unique documents of the concentration camp from the years 1944/45. They show torture, repression, and everyday life and death in the camp. Planned for spring/summer 2012 this exhibition will feature thirty of these original drawings, which will be scholarly researched and presented especially for the occasion.

Kopac Drawing

Vlasto Kopàč was close to the Communists and following the occupation of Slovenia he worked for the resistance. He was arrested in October 1943 and sent to the Dachau concentration camp in January 1944. After liberation Kopàč returned to Yugoslavia, but once again was subject to persecution just a few years later as a defendant in the so-called Dachau Trials in Ljubljana, where he was convicted.


Organizer: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Curator of the exhibition, commissioned by the Memorial Site: Dr. Michaela Haibl in cooperation with the Muzej novejše zgdovina, Ljubljana
Exhibition location and dates: the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site: April 27 to September, 2012
A catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition opening.
The exhibition is financially supported by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich authority.