Gallery Božidar Jakac

The Gallery Božidar Jakac is a cultural institution. It opened its doors in 1974 with its headquarters in the rooms of the former Cistercian monastery, where we can find numerous permanent exhibitions of famous Slovenian expressionists as France and Tone Kralj, Zoran Didek, Bogdan Borčić, Janez Boljka and France Gorše. There is also the permanent Pleterje collection with works from unknown masters from Western Europe, property of Kartuzija Pleterje. The Gallery Božidar Jakac owns also two other locations, the Elementary school Kostanjevica na Krki and the Art salon Lamut, where together with the monastery church, they host various temporary exhibitions of local and foreign artists.

We can say that the institution is a consequence of the cultural awakening that took place after the Second World War managed by Lado Smrekar. It started in 1956 with the foundation of Gorjup’s Gallery in the elementary school. It continued with the beginning of the sculpture symposium Forma Viva, where sculptors from all over the world since 1961 create works from oak wood and expose them in the nearby Cistercian monastery. There are already more than 100 sculptures.

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