Mikl House Gallery
|Galerija Miklova Hiša|
|Škrabčev trg 21, SI-1310 Ribnica|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 836 9334|
|Managed by||Public Institute Ribnica Handicraft Centre|
|Polona Rigler Grm, Director of the Public Institute|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 664 535|
|Ana Pucelj, Head of gallery and curator|
|Katja Žagar, Head of gallery and curator|
|Phone||386 (0) 51 415 429|
Originally established under the name Petkova Galerija in the early 1970s, the gallery used to be located in the premises of the Ribnica Castle and was the first space in town dedicated to art exhibitions (which were previously hosted in the local school and health centre). Later, in 1988, its programme and collections moved nearby to the ground floor of the Mikl House, a former mansion that was renovated and adapted to the needs of the gallery as well as the local library in 1991.
In 1979, on the initiative of the painter, artist's symposiums started to be organised in Ribnica and up until 1991 artists, critics, curators and local personage were meeting there. This meeting are the basis of many a public sculpture as well as the source of the 350 piece art collection that is owned by the Mikl House Gallery.
For a time the library and gallery were administered together with the Museum of Ribnica. In 2011 the Public Institute Ribnica Handicraft Centre was formed to run the gallery, the museum and a programme of promoting and researching the local heritage of handicrafts.
A regular programme of contemporary art exhibitions is held at the gallery, often featuring established curators from around Slovenia that present the work of contemporary artists like Jaka Babnik, , , , , , and BridA.
The annual exhibition from the Riko Art Collection presents parts of the rich art collection of the Riko Company's director , also one of the most visible contemporary patrons of Slovene culture. In 2015 the gallery collaborated with ArTcevia, an international contemporary art festival from Italy.
The gallery ownes and takes care of an important art collection which includes around 350 works of art dating from the 1980s and 1990s by Slovene artists, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .
The second, so called didactic collection contains 82 works of art. It is showing different techniques and genres as well as the key Slovene authors in visual arts. It was created together with the Slovenian Association of Fine Arts Societies (ZDSLU). The second part of this collection also includes several works by old masters, including , , , , and , plus three golden altars dating from 1648.
The capacities of the gallery do not allow for a permanent exhibition of either of the collections. However, these works are regularly shown in smaller thematic clusters through temporary exhibitions, art workshops and courses.
A part of the Mikl House Gallery collection are also works of a public character, created during the Art meetings between the years 1978 and 1991. Besides sculptures (there is a miniature Forma Viva-like park in front of the Ribnica Castle) there are also various sculptures and paintings integrated into the local public buildings.
The gallery runs annual, year long visual arts school programmes, one meant for people over 15 and another for primary school children. These are complemented by various sporadic projects, like the year-long photography workshop series in 2015, led by Jaka Babnik.
- Museum of Ribnica
- Mikl House Library
- Ribnica Castle
- Škrabec Homestead
- Public Institute Ribnica Handicraft Centre