The Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts is a museum of
modern visual arts. The gallery is continually developing the concepts of
modern exhibitions, with emphasis put on the engaged artistic and visual uses.
The continuing cultural tradition of Slovenj Gradec and the region gives the
gallery its recognition in Slovenia and abroad. The specific collections of
artistic creations from Koroška and beyond were obtained as gifts and legacy or
were purchased. The collections are logically presented and complemented by
newly acquired works, and special attention is paid to raising awareness of
modern visual arts and intermedia art.
The first modern art exhibition in Slovenj Gradec
was put on display in 1954. It was a design titled Švedska Kuhinja (The Swedish
Kitchen). The Gallery was then founded in 1957, with its programme being
designed by a group of young academically educated enthusiasts lead by Karel
Pečko, a painter who was the director of the institution until his retirement
Because of the efforts of the Gallery of Fine Arts,
the town of Slovenj Gradec won the UN Peace Messenger City title. In 1997, the
international exhibition titled "The Artist and the Urban
Environment" brought together all peace messenger cities from around the
world. Up to now, numerous exhibitions have been on display at the gallery,
which enabled the local and the visiting curators to be up to date with the artistic
developments at home and abroad.
On the Virtual Gallery web portal, Koroška's
artists are presented digitally. 50 artists are currently listed, with their
works, biographies, and short video presentations available on the website.
The permanent gallery collection comprises of
artists associated with Koroška and Slovenj Gradec. A special point of
reference for the collections is the artistic legacy of Jože Tisnikar
(1928–1998). His expressionist imagery and the imagery of life and death are
well-known at home and abroad. The result of his legacy is a homage to
Tisnikar, a collection of works of local and foreign artists interested in the
A unit of the Gallery of Fine Arts is also in
operation in Ravne na Koroškem.