National Gallery of Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The National Gallery of Slovenia was founded in 1918, after the dissolution of Austria-Hungary and the establishment of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs. Initially, it was hosted in the Kresija Palace of Ljubljana, but moved to the present location in 1925.

The gallery hosts a permanent art collection from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The original of the Baroque Robba fountain can also be seen in the central glass gallery of the building.

The present building was built in 1896, during the administration of Mayor Ivan Hribar, whose ambition was to transform Ljubljana into a representative capital of all the Slovene Lands. It was designed by the Czech architect František Škabrout and was first used as a Slovenian cultural center as the central seat of various cultural associations of national importance. The building stands near Tivoli Park and was completely renovated in 2013-2016.

In the early 1990s, an extension to the main building was built by the Slovene architect Edvard Ravnikar. In 2001, a large transparent glass gallery, designed by the architects Jurij Sadar and Boštjan Vuga, was built to connect the two wings of the building.

The gallery hosts a permanent art collection from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The original of the Baroque Robba fountain can also be seen in the central glass gallery of the building, where it was moved after extensive restoration in 2008.

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Founded: 1918
Category: Museums in Slovenia

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Przemyslaw Charzynski (12 months ago)
There are some nice art pieces.
Andrea Nori (15 months ago)
It is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings in the city
cg tinker (16 months ago)
Nice gallery, especially the paintings in the upper floor are great. A lot of local art by great artists
Elea Serrano (18 months ago)
Every first Sunday of each month you can enter for free. They have a permament and some temporal expositions of Slovene and international artists.
Martí Blesa (23 months ago)
Great museum, a beautiful collection in an amazing building
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