The MG has been the Slovene national institution for modern and contemporary art since 1948 - focusing on the art of the 20th-century modernism and contemporary works disseminating modernistic ideas. Along with temporary exhibitions and projects, the MG presents 20th Century / Continuities and Ruptures, the permanent collection of Slovene 20th-century art.
Here there are several rooms exhibiting fine examples of 20th century artworks - these are just a few that caught my eye ...
Morning in the Forest - Matej Sternen - 1905
At the Piano - Rihard Jakopic - 1907
Man with Carriage - Ivan Grohar - 1910
Hill with a Church - Nande Vidmar - 1922
Eve - Lojze Dolinar - 1922
Read Haired Girl - Fran Tratnik - 1925
Family Portrait - France Kralj - 1926
Portrait of Stefka Batic - Veno Pilon - 1927
Still Life with Pear and Decanter - Veno Pilon - 1929
Street Scene - Gojmir Anton Kos - 1932
Man with Parrot - Gojmir Anton Kos - 1934
Peasant Wedding - Tone Kralj - 1936
After the Harvest - Stane Kregar - 1950
Execution Wall - Stane Kregar - 1955
Relief XIX - Rudolf Kotnik - 1966
Painting No 4 - Tanja Spenko - 1980
Also on exhibition at the Gallery was a retrospective show celebrating the 100th annisersary of the birth of one of Slovenia's greatest artists - Gabrijel Stupica.
I found his early works very interesting but I have to say his later works left me rather wanting - so I haven't included them - my apologies to the gallery.
Portrait of a Sculptor - 1938
Still Life with Black Radishes - 1939
Man with Pipe - 1942
Self-Portrait - 1945
Boy with Watermelon - 1946
Old Men - !947
Lucija in Period Dress - 1953
Portrait of Malenka Stupica - 1953
Girl with a Bouquet - 1957
Self-Portrait in the Studio - 1963
Portrait of Metka Krasovec - 1973
Mikado and Cards - 1977
Pomegranates in a Basket - 1979
Self-Portrait - 1986
Studio - 1987
Peasant with Watermelon - 1989
Also in the grounds around the Gallery were several unnamed sculptures ...
After my visit to the The Moderna Galerija I shot across town to The Museum of Contemporary Art.
This is a stunning museum building making brilliant use of a new structure cleverly coupled with a renovated 19th century building ... however the exhibition of installations making use of abstract space left me scratching my head with puzzled wonder and angry that I had paid good money to view the exhibition ... those are the only kind words I can think of ...
I don't think chucking a few bits of old timber on the floor and calling it art shows any clever imagination from either the artist nor the curator - sorry folks.
But right next door was the wonderful Metelkova Centre ( see blog 120 ... )
and the artists there sure knew a thing or two about creativity
- and entry to their art space is free ... !!! ...