Božidar Jakac Art Museum

 

in short

Božidar Jakac Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in Slovenia. Its permanent exhibitions present works of Slovene Expressionist painters, while temporary exhibitions cover the work of the most important contemporary artists from Slovenia and abroad.
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Božidar Jakac Art Museum

in detail

Božidar Jakac Art Museum was established in 1974 in order to upgrade regular cultural activities taking place in Kostanjevica na Krki, most especially in the field of visual art. The Museum is the legal successor of Dolenjska Cultural Festival. It covers the visual art of a wide area which is composed of Bela Krajina, Dolenjska and Posavje. As such, it is recorded in Museum and Gallery register of the Ministry of Culture RS.

Annual programmes of Božidar Jakac Art Museum are determined in cooperation with other Visual Art Institutions who work on national as well as international level.  An important segment of the Museum’s activities is its successful collaboration with neighbouring Croatia. Božidar Jakac Art Museum is an indispensable agent in the development of Kostanjevica na Krki Municipality.

The museum houses various permanent exhibitions and has two separate areas for changing temporary exhibitions:

The LAPIDARIUM consists of eight individual exhibiting spaces situated in the south wing of the Monastery tracts. This part of the monastery building was built in the time of the Abbot Friderik Hofstetter (1703-1708) as it is written at the stone plate which is built-in the wall on the courtyard side. The exhibiting area is designed for exhibitions of the established artists as well as for the younger generation. Because of its specific structure the sites of the lapidarium demand reflective use of space by the artist and site-specific installation of the exhibiting projects.

The FORMER MONASTERY CHURCH represents one of the most beautiful examples of early Gothic (later baroqueized) architecture in Slovenia. Božidar Jakac Art Museum is now used as an exhibiting space where notable artists (Slovene as well as foreign) present their site-specific installations / temporary exhibitions which often receive great attention of experts and wider public alike.
Former Cistercian Monastery - FONS BEATAE MARIAE
Under the rule of the Spanheim family Kostanjevica became a powerful commercial, political and administrative centre by what was then the provincial frontier. In 1234 Bernard von Spanheim founded a Cistercian monastery in the immediate vicinity of Kostanjevica, by the source of the Obrh, in order to further consolidate his economic power and provide his family with a final resting place. He bestowed ample estates on the monastery, with the result that it became one of the richest landowners in the Carniola of the day. At the same time it represented a centre of religious, educational, mercantile and commercial life. At its peak, the monastery was home to 86 monks and lay brothers.

The original Early Gothic monastery was renovated and completed during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In the first half of the 18th century the Baroque coulisse and two small defence towers with painted decoration by Fran Jelovšek were built and one of the largest arcaded courtyards in Europe was completed. In 1786 Emperor Joseph II dissolved the monastery. Its property was transferred to the Carniolan religious fund, the church fittings sold at auction and the church deconsecrated. The monastery became the headquarters of the forestry administration and the notarial service and was occupied by a large number of tenants. After the Second World War the building complex was used by Agrokombinat, Labod and Iskra.

The process of decay began with the dissolution of the monastery and reached its peak with the fire and demolition of 1942/43 and further demolition after the end of the war. The first restoration/protective works were carried out by students of Professor France Stele’s seminar (around 1933), while thorough restoration commenced in 1957, when the bell tower fell down, and is still in progress today. In 1989 the former monastery was proclaimed a cultural monument and is thus classified among those monuments to which the State devotes particular attention. The buildings of the former monastery and their surroundings offer ideal conditions for the organisation of cultural events, concerts and theatrical and operatic performances. In 1974 the Božidar Jakac Art Museum moved to premises at the former monastery.
Admission
Entrance fee: adults 3,00 EUR, children and students 1,50 EUR, family ticket 5,00 EUR, temporary exhibitions 2,00 EUR FREE ENTRANCE: ICOM, SUZD and SMD card-holders, journalists and artists
Bozidar Jakac Art Museum - Lamut's Art Salon
Since 1958, this ministerial house situated in the old town of Kostanjevica na Krki functions as dislocated unit of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Lamut’s Art Salon. The exhibition ground is named after the painter and printmaker Vladimir Lamut (1915 – 1962) whose many works are made in Kostanjevica na Krki.
It is also a site of temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

Admission
Free entrance!
Božidar Jakac Art Museum - Gorjup Gallery
The beginnings of gallery activity in Kostanjevica reach back to 1956 when the Gorjup Gallery was founded in the primary school at the initiative of the then headmaster Lado Smrekar.
 
Since 1974 the Gorjup Gallery has formed part of the Božidar Jakac Gallery. The permanent exhibition presents a selection of sculptures, paintings, drawings and graphics from an extensive international collection of twentieth-century art. Its location in the premises of a school is an extraordinary feature of the permanent exhibition that offers the unusual possibility of a direct interweaving of gallery activities and educational work. The present exhibition has been on view since 1998.
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Visitor entrance

Former Cistercian Monastery - FONS BEATAE MARIAE
Grajska cesta 45
8311 Kostanjevica na Krki
Slovenia
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Opening Times

Sun
09:00 - 18:00
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Tue
09:00 - 18:00
Wed
09:00 - 18:00
Thu
09:00 - 18:00
Fri
09:00 - 18:00
Sat
09:00 - 18:00
Opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., (November 1st – April 1st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Closed:
Monday, January 1st, November 1st, December 25th

Visitor entrance

Bozidar Jakac Art Museum - Lamut's Art Salon
Oražnova ulica 5
8311 Kostanjevica na Krki
Slovenia
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Opening Times

Sun
09:00 - 18:00
Mon
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Tue
09:00 - 18:00
Wed
09:00 - 18:00
Thu
09:00 - 18:00
Fri
09:00 - 18:00
Sat
09:00 - 18:00
Opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., (November 1st – April 1st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Closed:
Monday, January 1st, November 1st, December 25th

Visitor entrance

Božidar Jakac Art Museum - Gorjup Gallery
Gorjanska cesta 2
8311 Kostanjevica na Krki
Slovenia
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Opening Times

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visit should be determined in advance with the secretary of Božidar Jakac Art Museum / ogled po predhodnem dogovoru v Galeriji Božidar Jakac

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