Columbus’ Daughter Alma M. Karlin
Cultural-historical and anthropological exhibition
Celje-born Alma M. Karlin (1889–1950), globetrotter, writer, amateur explorer, polyglot and theosophist, travelled all over the world between 1919 and 1927. She journeyed alone, for eight uninterrupted years, and earned her own livelihood en route. According to the exhibition curator, the nature of her travels ranks Alma among the greatest travellers of all time. Commemorating the 90th anniversary of Alma’s return from her globetrotting, the exhibition features the objects that Alma collected on her travels and had dispatched home, including the mysterious figurine of Li Tieguai, whom she ascribed supernatural powers, Japanese graphic prints, an outstandingly large collection of postcards, photographs, personal belongings and furniture. Many of the exhibits have not enjoyed public presentation before. The showcase includes film footage of interesting and invaluable interviews with informed observers (some of whom knew Alma personally) and two play corners, one for adults and another for children, Alma’s and Thea’s rooms.
Devised and curated by: Barbara Trnovec; Layout and design: Takkolektiv; Co-production: Cankarjev dom, Celje Regional Museum