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National Gallery

National Gallery

NATIONAL GALLERY – Of the museums I visited in Ljubljana this was by far my favourite… and that’s despite the fact that the building itself was covered in scaffolding, I got soaked by rain on my way there, and a succession of monolingual matrons prevented me from taking any photos during my visit. In fact the first few rooms offer only poor imitations of medieval religious works by the Italian masters, but Slovenian art comes into its own around the 19th Century, and this is reflected in the museum with gorgeous landscapes by Marko Penhart (including a wonderful four painting panorama looking over Ljubljana) and evocative rural portraits by the likes of Tominc, Subic and Kobilca. At the time of my visit there was also a fascinating temporary exhibit on state-bought art during Tito’s reign, which included works of both Socialist propaganda and abstract eroticism by Gojmir Anton Kos. Free admission with the Ljubljana Tourism Card.

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