Jakac House, Novo mesto

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Jakčev dom
Sokolska 1, SI-8000 Novo mesto
Phone386 (0) 7 373 1131
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Managed byDolenjska Museum Novo mesto
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Jakac House in Novo mesto houses a collection of works by Božidar Jakac (1899–1989), a Slovene painter, graphic artist, art teacher, photographer, and filmmaker, who was also instrumental in establishing the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and the Biennial of Graphic Arts. The house was originally built in 1904 by the artist's father and functioned for many years as a hotel and inn. In the early 1980s the house was donated to Novo mesto by the artist and in 1984 it was converted into a gallery of Jakac's work by the Dolenjska Museum Novo mesto, which now manages it.

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The gallery houses over 800 works, a representative cross-section of Jakac's work as a young artist. The second floor presents works from Jakac's numerous travels to America, France, Norway, Italy, England, Germany, and other countries.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1999 the museum prepared a selection of his works relating to the scenery of Dolenjska and its people. This exhibition is now installed on the ground and first floors.

Art education collection

An educational art collection, which is installed on the third floor, was founded in the second half of the 1980s on the initiative of the artist and art teacher Alenka Gerlovič (1919–2010). The collection comprises over hundred works by around 60 well-known Slovene artists, representing more than 30 art techniques: from drawing, several genres of painting and printmaking to various sculptural techniques. As such the collection presents a high-quality supplement visual arts teaching programme for primary and secondary schools.

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