Visual arts

Ljubljana has a vibrant artistic life. The prolific work of some of its artists has left a distinctive mark on the international art scene.

Art museums and galleries

Ljubljana's art museums offer a revealing insight into the history of Slovenian art while at the same time serving as places for a vibrant contemporary creative expression.

The museums' historical role is most literally fulfilled by the National Gallery, which keeps works by Slovenian and international artists from the period of Gothic art to the famous Slovenian Impressionists, and the Museum of Modern Art, which displays a permanent collection of works by 20th century Slovenian artists.

The city's leading venues for contemporary art are the International Centre of Graphic Arts, the Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre and a number of smaller centres of creativity, such as the City Art Museum and the Mala galerija, Galerija Škuc, Galerija Photon galleries and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkkova opened in december 2011.

The International Centre of Graphic Arts is famous around the world as the producer of the world's largest and one of the most acclaimed graphic arts events, the International Biennial of Graphic Arts, held in Ljubljana since 1955.

Best known Slovenian artists

Contemporary Slovenian visual artists have been leaving a distinctive mark on the international art scene.

The explosion of the contemporary art scene in Slovenia began after the Second World War, with the Ljubljana School of Graphic Art. The 1980s saw the emergence of the art group Irwin, whose avant-garde concept known as Neue Slowenische Kunst resulted in one of the most interesting and most provocative oeuvres in recent art history.

Also well received internationally has been the work of some of the world's pioneers of digital art who were originally members of Ljubljana's Ljudmila digital media lab. Among the best known are Marko Peljhan, Vuk Ćosić, Janez Janša and Luka Frelih.

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