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Umetnostna galerija Maribor (UGM)
Strossmayerjeva 6, SI-2000 Maribor
Phone386 (0) 2 229 5860
Fax386 (0) 2 252 7784
Founded byMunicipality of Maribor
Breda Kolar Sluga, Director
Phone386 (0) 2 229 5860
Suzana Jović, Public Relations
Phone386 (0) 2 229 46 96
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  • 20 September 2020 to 9 May 2021
    Colours of the Distance. The painter Ante Trstenjak and the Lusatian Sorbs, an exhibition coorganised by the Maribor Art Gallery and the National Museum Prague at Sorbisches Museu in Bautzen, Germany
Past Events
  • 31 January to 2 April 2020
    Impossible Machines, a solo exhibition by Meta Grgurevič, curated by Simona Vidmar (Maribor Art Gallery), at Künstlerhaus Graz in Graz, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 19 September to 22 September 2019
    Jasmina Cibic featured in the festival's core program titled Grand Hotel Abyss , supported by the Maribor Art Gallery and Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA) (Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna), at the Steirischer Herbst at Different locations in Graz, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 9 May to 30 June 2019
    Pioneer in Video Art from Thailand, Slovenia, Norway since 1980 exhibition featuring also the works from the Video Art Collection of the Maribor Art Gallery, curated by Miha T. Horvat, Son:DA Foundation, at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 24 September to 3 October 2018
    Samira Kentrić at the Comics & Illustrators Residence, organised by the Wom@rts project in cooperation with the Maribor Art Gallery, at La Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France
  • 10 September to 16 September 2018
    Photographers Andrej Lamut and Ana Zibelnik featured at the exhibition Parallel Intersection as part of the platform Parallel, supported by the Creative Europe programme, (platform's partner Maribor Art Gallery, at the International Photography Festival at Hala V (behind Technical Museum Nikola Tesla) in Zagreb, Croatia
    programme organiser
  • 10 September to 9 October 2016
    Flat and Distant—China and Slovenia Contemporary Art Exhibition, featuring works by Uršula Berlot, Samuel Grajfoner, Marjan Gumilar, Zmago Lenárdič from the collection of the Maribor Art Gallery, co-curated by Breda Kolar Sluga and co-organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Beijing, at Today Art Museum in Beijing, China
  • 5 May to 22 November 2015
    UTTER / The violent necessity for the embodied presence of hope, a project by JAŠA produced by Maribor Art Gallery in collaboration with WEARE Production, supported by the Ministry of Culture) at the La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition at Arsenale in Venice, Italy
  • 6 February to 28 February 2015
    Refonte, an exhibition and round table discussion also featuring Janez Janša (Aksioma Institute), Vladimir Vidmar (ŠKUC Gallery), and Simona Vidmar (Maribor Art Gallery), at Petirama in Marseille, France
  • 5 February to 30 March 2014
    Oto Rimele's exhibition The Light of Shade co-organised by the Maribor Art Gallery at Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid (CBA) in Madrid, Spain
  • 18 December 2013 to 7 January 2014
    Black on White, an exhibition of artists’ magazines and newspapers in Slovenia, organised by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, and Maribor Art Gallery, at Academia Moderna in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1 October to 2 October 2010
    Unfinished Modernisations conference, coorganised by TrajekT, Institute for Spatial Culture and Maribor Art Gallery at Kino Mosor and Vladimir Nazor Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia

Maribor Art Gallery 2007 Exterior Photo Damjan Svarc.jpg

With its collection of more than 3,000 art works by Slovene artists from the end of the 19th century up to the present, the Maribor Art Gallery (Umetnostna galerija Maribor (UGM)) is one of the main museums for modern and contemporary art in Slovenia. Painting, sculpture, and prints are joined by photographs, video art, multimedia installations, and interactive art projects. UGM serves as a regional museum of modern and contemporary art in the area of the Municipality of Maribor, its founder, as well as in the greater area of north-eastern Slovenia. The museum also runs the UGM Studio and manages the Forma Viva Open Air Sculpture Collection in the City Park. The researchers can benefit from its rich Library and Archive. In 2015 UGM has been in charge of the Slovenian pavilion featuring JAŠA at the Venice Biennial.

Background and venues

By establishing the Maribor Art Gallery in 1954 as the first professional institution in the field of fine arts Maribor again became a relatively important centre of artistic and cultural development that goes back to the tradition of the Grohar Art Club, which was established in the 1920s and had a pioneering role in the organised art life in Maribor. By moving into the building on the corner of Strossmayerjeva and Orožnova streets, UGM acquired about 800 square metres of exhibition space, including the representative Knights' Hall and Pillar Hall. The main exhibition venues are located in the former manor house built in the first half of the 19th century and the former church of the Celestine monastery from the second half of the 18th century.

In 1966 the gallery acquired the Rotovž Salon located at the old Town Hall ('Rotovž') and in the 80s a Department for Contemporary Art and an additional modernist space for presenting contemporary visual art in the very centre of the town. The former space was closed in the 90s, while the second one runs the contemporary art programme as an UGM Studio.


With its collection and the programme of approximately 20 exhibitions and events annually – ranging from retrospective reviews of works by Slovene artists, through solo and group presentations of visual and new media artists to international festivals of contemporary art as well as architecture and design exhibitions – UGM importantly shapes both the art scene in Slovenia, regionally and internationally. The most important international event is the International Triennial Ecology and Art, organised by the Maribor Art Gallery since 1980. The museum also collaborates with other local organisers. In 2010, for example, it hosted the exhibition Twenty-six million minutes later. New Tendencies, from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb in the framework of the International Festival of Computer Arts (IFCA).

The gallery's Education Department runs an art programme for children and youth, including an annual exhibition Gallery-suits-me [Miprijagalerija].


The collection contains works by major artists of modern and contemporary art, particularly by those from Styria (Štajerska region), Carinthia (Koroška region) and East Slovenia (Prekmurje region). Since 1999 UGM has held the first collection of video art in Slovenia. The collection of UGM comprises mainly works acquired through a systematic purchase policy, plus donations and legacies and also a small number of works of art transferred from the Maribor Regional Museum.

Paintings and sculptures

The collection of paintings comprises major historical styles of fine art of the 20th century and represents the core of the permanent collection of UGM. The features of the UGM collection are some complete opuses of selected authors from north-eastern Slovenia, such as Janez Šibila, Maks Kavčič, Oton Polak, and Zmago Jeraj. Another focus are certain art movements, especially Slovene Expressionism and New Objectivity: the collection contains a few excellent works by Tone Kralj and France Kralj, and Fran Stiplovšek, as well as the opuses of Slavko Tihec and painter Rudolf Kotnik, the pioneers and leading figures of Slovenian abstract art of the early 1960s.

The production of the recent decades is represented by the works of Oto Rimele, Darko Golija, Jurij Kalan, Marko Jakše, Zdenka Žido, and others. The collection attracts attention also with the works of Zoran Mušič, an internationally acclaimed Slovenian painter who spent his youth and early creative years in Maribor.

Prints and drawings

Printmaking, drawing and other works on paper form a substantial part of the UGM collection, again based on 20th-century styles. Works on paper have been created by using different classic and experimental techniques and represent an interesting study material. The collection of prints includes works by all major Slovene artists; among those particularly interesting are Lojze Šušmelj's opus from the late 1960s, Bojan Golija's cycle of prints from the late 1950s that was inspired by Japanese prints, excellent works by the so-called "Ljubljana Printmaking School" works by Bogdan Borčić, a leading Slovene printmaker of the older generation, as well as works by one of the most prominent printmakers of the younger generation, Samuel Grajfoner.


UGM primarily collects photographic works produced after 1960, when photography in Slovenia became an independent artistic medium. During this time some Maribor-based photographers were also acclaimed in the wider area of the former Yugoslavia. The central part of the collection consists of works by members of the "Maribor Circle" with Zmago Jeraj, Ivan Dvoršak, Branko Jerneić, and Janko Andrej Jelnikar who donated more than 140 photographs in 2009. The museum acquires also the works by younger artists who have established themselves through photography, among them Aleksandra Vajd.

Video and new media

In 1999 UGM was the first museum in Slovenia to collect works by Slovene video artists. The collection is conceived as a historical survey of Slovene video works from the 1960s to present time. It includes the works by the pioneers from the 1960s and 1970s (Nuša Dragan & Srečo Dragan, Miha Vipotnik), and by the most important video artists of the 1980s and 1990s, when the medium was established as an independent and equal medium of artistic creativity (among them Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Marko Kovačič, Andrej Lupinc, Zemira Alajbegović Pečovnik & Neven Korda). The works from the 1990s by Nataša Prosenc, Andrej Zdravič, Jasna Hribernik, Franc Purg, and Ema Kugler are presented as well as the contemporary production expanding to new media (Vuk Ćosić, Igor Štromajer, Janez Janša, Apolonija Šušteršič, Damijan Kracina & Vladimir Leben, and son:DA).

In 2009 the selected works from the collection were presented on the To Be Continued exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Rijeka, Croatia.

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