France Mihelič Gallery, Škofja Loka


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Galerija Franceta Miheliča, Škofja Loka
Spodnji trg 1, SI- 4220 Škofja Loka
Phone386 (0) 4 517 0400
Fax386 (0) 4 517 0412
Managed byLoka Museum, Škofja Loka
Saša Nabergoj, Director

Founded in 1994, the France Mihelič Gallery, Škofja Loka permanently exhibits 59 art pieces of painter, graphic artist, and illustrator France Mihelič (1907–1998), who is especially known for his expressionistic and phantasmagoric visual language. The art works were donated by the artist in memory of the native Virmaše and his early childhood years, which he had spent in Škofja Loka. The gallery is administrated by the Loka Museum, Škofja Loka and is open for visitors by prior appointment.

About artist

France Mihelič stands as the most distinctive and original Slovene master of fantastic art and as one of the main representatives of Slovene partisan art. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (1927–1931), where he was strongly influenced by the Zagreb group Zemlja. In 1945 he became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he taught until his retirement in 1970.


Two floors of the gallery host the artist's work from the postwar period, mainly from the 1960s and 1970s, which represent Mihelič's very productive creative period. Through the original iconography Mihelič's world of fiction tells stories, filled with dream-like visions, metamorphoses, but also melancholy, imbued with existential questions about birth and death. On display are some of his most recognisable motifs of famous Slovene kurent, musicians, and also mythological scenes, which he always like to form with passion. The work is distinguished for its exquisite drawing through which the author's sense for the authentic grotesque and caricature is revealed.

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