Moderna galerija houses the national collection of 20th century Slovene art (paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings as well as photography, video and electronic media collections) and a collection of works from the former Yugoslavia. The national collection presents the basic stages in the development of the Slovene tradition of modern and contemporary art from the beginning of the 20th century onwards. Moderna galerija does not regard its collections as rigidly separated fields; it rather links and combines them in dynamic ways.

Moderna galerija houses 1301 paintings; the most significant among them have been presented several times in a series of permanent displays or as part of various (mostly retrospective and survey) exhibitions.

Moderna galerija's holdings contain also 502 sculptures. Similarly as the most significant paintings, also the crucial and most representative sculptures have been displayed and presented in publications several times.

The graphic prints collection of Moderna galerija comprises 3079 prints by Slovene and foreign artists. Some of the most distinguished names among them include: Božidar Jakac, Veno Pilon, Franjo Stiplovšek, Avgust Černigoj, Tone Kralj, Miha Maleš, Nikolaj Pirnat, Riko Debenjak, Maksim Sedej, Zoran Mušič, Lojze Spacal, France Mihelič, Marij Pregelj, Vladimir Lamut, Marjan Pogačnik, Karel Zelenko, Vladimir Makuc, Bogdan Borčić, Jože Ciuha, Štefan Planinc, Janez Bernik, Šuštaršič Marko, Tinca Stegovec, Adriana Maraž, Andrej Jemec, Zmago Jeraj, Valentin Oman, Kiar Meško, Metka Krašovec, Gorazd Šefran, Lojze Logar, Bojan Gorenec, Zora Stančić.

In fifty years of collecting, Moderna galerija has acquired 11,069 drawings. Most of them came as part of two donations, very generous also in other respects, viz. Marij Pregelj's bequest in 1986 and Mila Kačič's gift of drawings by Jakob Savinšek in 1996.

In Moderna galerija, photographs acquired the status of museum objects in 1991, when works by Slovene photographers began to be systematically collected and preserved. Currently, the collection is approximately 2,000 prints strong. Our plans for the future of the collection are closely linked to our vision of compiling a collection of high-quality works by Slovene photographers who made a significant contribution to photographic creativity, and culture in general, in the 20th century.

Media art, Video, Internet projects
A collection of new media art is currently taking shape through acquisition of video works, films, moving pictures installations, and Internet projects. It already comprises representative works that are good examples of the development of media art in Slovenia and present, despite their relatively small number, a varied picture in terms of generation, expression and technological approach.

International collections

Collection of other nations from the former Yugoslav republic
Moderna galerija also houses a collection of 136 works (paintings, sculptures, graphic prints) of 20th century artists from the other regions of former Yugoslavia. The collection includes also important works by artists like Jovan Bijelić, Dušan Džamonja, Oton Gliha, Ljubo Ivančić, Frano Kršinić, Petar Lubarda, Nikola Martinoski, Ivan Meštrović, Peđa Milosavljević, Milo Milunović, Frano Šimunović, Miroslav Šutej, Marino Tartaglia, Rudolf Valdec, Vladimir Veličković in Lazar Vozarević.

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History of the MG
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