Permanent Collection - Koroska Gallery of Fine Arts

The gallery’s collections were formed along with a vibrant exhibitory activity, examination of contemporary fine art currents and the exploration of heritage. These collections currently comprise some 2,000 pieces and include: a collection of works by Slovene artists (founded in 1954), with emphasis on artists connected with the Koroška region, and an International Fine Art Collection (founded in 1966) including works and documentation donated by Pino Poggi (in 1998) which represents the core of the International Museum of Social Aesthetics. The most recent acquisitions include two comprehensive collections: a collection of works by Valentin Oman (donated in 2004) and a collection of works by Štefan Planinc (donated in 2005).
A special place in the collection has been dedicated to works of artists connected with the Koroška region and Slovenj Gradec, including sculptor Franc Berneker (1874–1932), an important figure for the development of modern sculpture in Slovenia, and painter Jože Tisnikar (1928–1998). Tisnikar’s expressivity was formed in the ambience of the dissection room and can best be denoted as “dark modernism”; together with his typical iconography of life and death it made him one of the most recognisable Slovene painters at home and abroad. The collection was named Hommage to Tisnikar; beside his works it also includes expressive works of other artists, including Zoran Mušič, Mirsad Begić, Zdenko Huzjan and others. Another and entirely different collection consists of paintings by Bogdan Borčić, an explorer within Slovene painting and one of the most vital Slovene interpreters of the visual world in the domain of painting and the graphic arts.
The African Collection (donated by Dr. Franc Tretjak in 1977) found its place on the ground fIoor of the former town hall, while the basis.tunnel project by Muhammad Müller occupies the basement of the building. The latter project belongs to the tradition of topical visual practices exposing socially relevant themes, which has been the programmatic orientation of the gallery for decades now.

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