Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na Krki


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Galerija Božidar Jakac Kostanjevica na Krki
Grajska cesta 45, SI-8311 Kostanjevica na Krki
Phone386 (0) 7 498 8140, 386 (0) 7 498 8150
Fax386 (0) 7 498 8151
Managed byMunicipality of Kostanjevica na Krki
Goran Milovanović, Director
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Founded in 1974, the Božidar Jakac Art Museum is located in the building of the former Kostanjevica Monastery, one of Slovenia's finest medieval monuments, which is situated in the picturesque landscape of south-eastern Slovenia. Initially the gallery focused on presenting the artistic legacy of the Bela Krajina, Dolenjska and Posavje regions. Today it also presents contemporary artistic production on the regional, national and international levels.

Božidar Jakac Art Museum manages the Forma Viva Open Air Wood Sculpture Collection (set in the surrounding area and in part also in the town Kostanjevica na Krki) and prepares the programme for its two dislocated gallery spaces: Gorjup Gallery and Lamut's Art Salon in the town of Kostanjevica na Krki.


Among other artists, Božidar Jakac Art Museum permanently exhibits local painter Jože Gorjup, a representative of expressionism and new objectivity; further works donated by Tone Kralj and graphic art by Božidar Jakac, a representative of expressionism and lyric realism, who in 2009 on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of his birth was commemorated with a new installation of his exhibition counting 105 art works ranging from oil on canvases through pastels to graphic and drawings.

The permanent collection of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum also represents other Slovene artists of the 20th century, including France Kralj, France Gorše, Zoran Didek, Janez Boljka and Bogdan Borčić, who since 2001 exhibits here his graphic works of more than 937 sheets.

In the upper part of the monastery's southern wing is an important collection called European painters of the 17th through the 19th centuries and consists of 45 oil paintings by French, Flemish, Italian and German old masters. The collection is owned by the nearby Pleterje Charterhouse Monastery and has been exhibited in the Božidar Jakac Art Museum since 1977. Most of the paintings were brought to Slovenia after 1902 by the monks of the St. Anna Charterhouse in Bosserville (near Nancy, Lorraine), who revived the former Charterhouse in Pleterje.

Kostanjevica Monastery itself houses a lapidary collection which comprises medieval masonry fragments such as a keystone with stylised palmettes, a robust cup-shaped capital, a figural capital, a little fragment with a preserved mason's mark, and a remnant of a Gothic painting on part of a vault's rib.

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The monastery Gothic church is considered to be one of the top ranking exhibition venues in Slovenia in terms of the intriguing task - to conceive a site-specific contemporary project. In the recent years Ana Pečar, Mirko Zrinšćak, Milan Erič, Zvonko Čoh, Marjan Gumilar, Tomislav Buntak, Uroš Abram, Zmago Lenárdič, Bojan Gorenc, Nataša Prosenc, Uršula Berlot, Jože Slak, Roman Makše, Sandi Červek and Mojca Zlokarnik have exhibited there.

Further temporary exhibits are also presented in some adjoining rooms, the so called lapidarium. It consists of eight individual exhibiting spaces situated in the south wing of the Monastery tracts. The exhibiting area is designed for exhibitions of established as well as upcoming artists. Because of its specific structure the sites of the lapidarium demand careful use of space by the artist and often facilitate site-specific installation.

In 2016 Božidar Jakac Art Museum opened a new exhibition space of 630 m2 in the west wing of the building. Major exhibitions from Slovenia and abroad are hosted there. In 2016 Valentin Oman's retrospective exhibition and an exhibition titled Baunet: Černigoj/Theatre and Marie-Luise Betelheim Collection were hosted in the renewed west wing of the former monastery.

Since 1958, the ministerial house situated in the old town of Kostanjevica na Krki and called Lamut's Art Salon functions as dislocated unit of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum. It is also a site of temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

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