Božidar Jakac Art Museum

Kostanjevica na Krki

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Where the lowland forest Krakovski gozd slowly climbs the hilly green Gorjanci, there lies one of the oldest and smallest as well as the only town build on an island in Slovenia - Kostanjevica na Krki, attracting numerous visitors with its cultural offering, rich history, natural monuments, cuisine, traditional events and various opportunities for leisure activities.


A former Cistercian monastery (Fons Beatae Mariae) is an exceptional landmark of the town. Established in 1234, it represented the centre of religious life, education and economy until its abolition in 1785.

The present appearance of the monastery is the result of numerous interventions in its architectural structure. The monastery church is considered to be one of the nest examples of Early Gothic and later in Baroque style remodelled architecture in Slovenia.

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The Božidar Jakac Art Museum is located in the building of the former monastery since 1974. The art museum is named after the artist Božidar Jakac and holds his permanent collection as well as permanent collections of France Kralj, Tone Kralj, Zoran Didek, France Gorše, Jože Gorjup, Janez Boljka, Bogdan Borčić and The Pleterje Collection of European Painters. With its vast art collections in the core of which are the works by Slovenian expressionists and with temporary exhibitions, the art museum revives this exceptional cultural monument as well as the region itself.

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The Božidar Jakac Art Museum is located in the building of the former monastery since 1974. The art museum is named after the artist Božidar Jakac and holds his permanent collection as well as permanent collections of France Kralj, Tone Kralj, Zoran Didek, France Gorše, Jože Gorjup, Janez Boljka, Bogdan Borčić and The Pleterje Collection of European Painters. With its vast art collections in the core of which are the works by Slovenian expressionists and with temporary exhibitions, the art museum revives this exceptional cultural monument as well as the region itself.

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The Forma Viva International Symposium of Sculptors was established in 1961 and since then the ever growing collection of wood sculptures is gathered in a sculpture park in front of and around the building of Božidar Jakac Art Museum and in its surrounding area.

This symposium is believed to be the oldest still ongoing sculpture symposium in the world. The Božidar Jakac Art Museum manages two dislocated gallery spaces. The Lamut's Art Salon located in the former ministerial manor on the island, which hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists from Slovenia and abroad, and the Gorjup Gallery displayed on the premises of the Jože Gorjup Primary School, which offers an exceptional possibility to directly interweave gallery activities with educational work.

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Contacts

Address:

Božidar Jakac Art Museum
Grajska cesta 45, SI – 8311 Kostanjevica (Slovenia, EU)

Phone:

+386 7 498 81 40 / + 386 7 498 81 50

Email:

info@galerija-bj.si