National Gallery of Slovenia

The National Gallery of Slovenia (Slovene: Narodna galerija) is the national art gallery of Slovenia. It is located in the capital Ljubljana. It was founded in 1918, after the dissolution of Austria-Hungary and the establishment of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs.[1] Initially, it was hosted in the Kresija Palace of Ljubljana, but moved to the present location in 1925.[2]

National Gallery of Slovenia
Narodna galerija
The main building of the National Gallery of Slovenia in Ljubljana
Established1918 (1918)
Coordinates46°3′13″N 14°30′0″E / 46.05361°N 14.50000°E / 46.05361; 14.50000
Typeart gallery

The building

The National Gallery hosts the opening ceremony of the 2019 NATO Military Committee Conference

The present building was built in 1896, during the administration of Mayor Ivan Hribar, whose ambition was to transform Ljubljana into a representative capital of all the Slovene Lands.[3] It was designed by the Czech architect František Škabrout[4] and was first used as a Slovenian cultural center (Narodni dom) as the central seat of various cultural associations of national importance. The building stands near Tivoli Park and was completely renovated in 2013-2016.

In the early 1990s, an extension to the main building was built by the Slovene architect Edvard Ravnikar.[5] In 2001, a large transparent glass gallery, designed by the Sadar + Vuga architecture bureau, was built to connect the two wings of the building.

The exhibits


The gallery hosts a permanent art collection from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The original of the Baroque Robba fountain can also be seen in the central glass gallery of the building, where it was moved after extensive restoration in 2008.[6]

The notable Slovene and European artists whose works are exhibited in the gallery include:

See also



  1. ^ "National Gallery of Slovenia". Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  2. ^ "The National Gallery of Slovenia". Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  3. ^ "Impressionism from Dawn till Dusk". Wall Street International. 2019-07-06. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  4. ^ "National Gallery of Slovenia 1910 postcard". (in Maltese). Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  5. ^ "The renovated National Gallery of Slovenia". (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  6. ^ "National Gallery of Slovenia". Retrieved 2021-03-04.