Slovenia‘s capital, Ljubljana, is a cultural hub of restaurants, museums, parks, historical architecture and galleries. Drawing from its tumultuous European history and influences from neighbors Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, this beautiful city is brimming with literary and artistic talent, all housed in the best galleries in Ljubljana.
The National Gallery of Slovenia is located in central Ljubljana and is an ode to historical and culturally relevant art from as far back as the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The permanent exhibition on art in Slovenia explores neoclassicism, early Slovene modernism, and realism among other artistic eras by treasured Slovenian painters and sculptors. This gallery building was originally built in 1896 and has only been completely renovated in 2015 to better cater to its visitors. Art lovers should not miss this gallery when exploring Ljubljana.
Aksioma Gallery is part of the Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, a non-profit cultural institution interested in projects that ‘utilize new technologies in order to investigate and discuss the structures of modern society.’ This gallery presents and focuses on mass media and its undeniable effect on changing modern society; exhibitions displaying various artistic practices and unusual mediums provide an entertaining visit and much food for thought. Aksioma is undoubtedly one of the best galleries in Ljubljana and a major part of the city’s cultural and art scene.
The Jakopič Gallery is an underground gallery of contemporary art in Ljubljana’s city center, and is managed by the City Museum of Ljubljana (MGML). This art space hosts many temporary and traveling exhibitions, and it’s also a venue for open discussions and lectures. Having hosted exhibitions such as Two Spanish Masters,which introduced Pablo Picasso’s prints in the City Museum of Ljubljana, as well as Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy – Photographs by Gordon Watkinson, this gallery is certainly one of the best galleries in Ljubljana and will most likely surprise you with what they are showcasing next.
The Alkatraz Gallery is an alternative gallery in the cultural Metelkova art quarter, originally located in the former barracks of the army of ex-Yugoslavia. This non-profit gallery has developed into an art production center and features local artists with radical and critical positions on contemporary issues, as presented through different mediums. The Metelkova art quarter is an exhibition of culture itself, with intriguing art pieces, graffiti and sculptures and is worth a walk around when visiting Ljubljana.