Maribor Art Gallery
|Umetnostna galerija Maribor (UGM)|
|Strossmayerjeva 6, SI-2000 Maribor|
|Phone||386 (0) 2 229 5860|
|Fax||386 (0) 2 252 7784|
|Founded by||Municipality of Maribor|
|Breda Kolar Sluga, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 2 229 5860|
|Suzana Jović, Public Relations|
|Phone||386 (0) 2 229 46 96|
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- Art and Well-being, 2019
- Wom@rts – Women Equal Share Presence in the Arts and Creative Industries, 2017
- PARALLEL – European Photo Based Platform, 2017
- Unfinished Modernisation - Between Utopia and Pragmatism, 2010
- 20 September 2020 to 9 May 2021
Colours of the Distance. The painter
programme and the Lusatian Sorbs, an exhibition coorganised by the Maribor Art Gallery and the National Museum Prague at in ,
- 31 January to 2 April 2020
Impossible Machines, a solo exhibition by
programme organiser , curated by (Maribor Art Gallery), at in ,
- 19 September to 22 September 2019
Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA) (Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna), at the Steirischer Herbst at in ,
programme organiser featured in the festival's core program titled Grand Hotel Abyss , supported by the Maribor Art Gallery and
- 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 Son:DA Foundation, at in ,
- 24 September to 3 October 2018
programme at the Comics & Illustrators Residence, organised by the Wom@rts project in cooperation with the Maribor Art Gallery, at in ,
- 10 September to 16 September 2018
programme organiser and 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 in ,
- 10 September to 9 October 2016
Flat and Distant—China and Slovenia Contemporary Art Exhibition, featuring works by Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Beijing, at in ,
programme , , , from the collection of the Maribor Art Gallery, co-curated by and co-organised by the
- 5 May to 22 November 2015
UTTER / The violent necessity for the embodied presence of hope, a project by Ministry of Culture) at the La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition at in ,
programme produced by Maribor Art Gallery in collaboration with WEARE Production, supported by the
- 6 February to 28 February 2015
Refonte, an exhibition and round table discussion also featuring Aksioma Institute), (ŠKUC Gallery), and (Maribor Art Gallery), at in ,
- 5 February to 30 March 2014
programme 's exhibition co-organised by the Maribor Art Gallery at in ,
- 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 in ,
- 1 October to 2 October 2010
Unfinished Modernisations conference, coorganised by TrajekT, Institute for Spatial Culture and Maribor Art Gallery at in ,
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, , , and . Another focus are certain art movements, especially Slovene Expressionism and New Objectivity: the collection contains a few excellent works by and , and , as well as the opuses of and painter , 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, , , , , and others. The collection attracts attention also with the works of , 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 areopus from the late 1960s, cycle of prints from the late 1950s that was inspired by Japanese prints, excellent works by the so-called "Ljubljana Printmaking School" works by , a leading Slovene printmaker of the older generation, as well as works by one of the most prominent printmakers of the younger generation, .
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, , , and 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 .
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 (son:DA).& , ), 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 & , , , & ). The works from the 1990s by , , , , and are presented as well as the contemporary production expanding to new media ( , , , , & , and
In 2009 the selected works from the collection were presented on the To Be Continued exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Rijeka, Croatia.
- Maribor Art Gallery Library and Archive
- UGM Studio
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- Satchmo Jazz Club, Maribor located in the Gallery's cellar
- Maribor Art Gallery (UGM) website
- UGM collection
- UGM on kunstaspekte website
- Lecture on Jan Oeltjen's Self-portrait by Meta Gabršek Prosenc on VideoLectures.Net (in Slovenian)