The 20th and 21st Century Art Collection
The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML) was set up as a public institution in 2009, following a merger between a number of previously independent galleries and the City Museum of Ljubljana. We have been collecting artworks under this new name for more than a decade now, thereby continuing a tradition that was begun over a hundred years ago, in 1907, by the then mayor of Ljubljana, Ivan Hribar.
Works are acquired in one of two ways. We welcome works that have been offered to public institutions by private owners or private galleries, where these fill a gap in our collection of 20th century art with a Ljubljana connection. And every year we also aim to purchase one or two works of contemporary art that have the potential to inspire museum visitors to reflect on Ljubljana, both the city and its 21st century people.
These acquisitions are made possible thanks to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and MGML’s founder, Ljubljana City Council.
Exhibited artists: France Uršič, Maksim Gaspari, Elza Kastl, France Gruden, Staš Kleindienst, Mitja Ficko, Jurij Kalan, Tina Dobrajc, Suzana Brborović, Miha Štrukelj, Tone Lapajne
In addition to the works exhibited here, we have also added a number of others to the collection: photographs from the current Roger Ballen exhibition at the Jakopič Gallery; paintings by Jela Trnkoczy, Ivan Vavpotič and Aleksij Kobal (now part of the permanent exhibition at the City Museum of Ljubljana) and Silvester Plotajs Sicoe (on display in Ljubljana City Hall); drawings by Karla Bulovec Mrak; a painting by Andrej Bratina; a woodcut and woodcut matrix by France Kralj; an artist’s book by Ištvan Išt Huzjan; and a robot by Sašo Sedlaček (all kept in storage unless otherwise stated).
Author: Barbara Savenc