Janez Bernik

1933, Gunclje, Slovenija – 2016, Prebold, Slovenija


Message, 1964

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 140 x 140 cm

Acquisition: Gift

Reference: 00371



Janez Bernik (6 September 1933 – 15 July 2016) was a multiple-time awarded and internationally acclaimed Slovenian painter and academic. Bernik was a versatile artist, who reached excellent results in painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, tapestry, book design, and poetry. His graphic prints are kept in numerous worldwide-known galleries and collections.

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1909, Bukovica, Slovenia – 2005, Venice, Italy


Country Women from Islands, 1956

Dry point on paper, 50 х 66 cm

Edition: a.p., inscription b.l. epreive d’artiste; b.r. Musić; on the back: Paysannes des Iles pointe seche 1956

Acquisition: Gift by the artist

Reference: 00535



Zoran Mušič (12 February 1909 – 25 May 2005), baptised as Anton Zoran Musič, was a Slovene painter, printmaker, and draughtsman. He was the only painter of Slovene descent who managed to establish himself in the elite cultural circles of Italy and France, particularly Paris in the second half of the 20th century, where he lived for most of his later life. He painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and self-portraits, as well as scenes of horror from the Dachau concentration camp and vedute of Venice.

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1934, Domzale, Slovenia 


Print X, 1968

Mixed media on paper, 77 x 45 cm

Edition: 2/10; inscription b.l.: 1968 2/10; b.m.: “X”

Acquisition: Gift by the artist

Reference: 01707


1913, Kranj, Slovenia – 1967, Ljubljana,Slovenia


Child Afraid of Darkness, 1964

Mixed media, 116 х 140 cm

Acquisition: Purchased

Reference: 04332



Marij Pregelj (8 August 1913 – 18 March 1967) was a Slovene painter, considered one of the key figures in Slovene painting in the second half of the 20th century.

Pregelj was born in Kranj in 1913 and was the son of the Slovene writer and playwright Ivan Pregelj. He studied art at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts from 1932 to 1936. He was known for his oil paintings, mostly landscapes, still lifes, and portraits (…)

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IRWIN Art Collective, which is part of the Art-Political Collective NEUE SLOVENISCHE KUNST was formed in Slovenia in 1984


IRWIN NSK State Passport issued to MSU Skopje in 2000

Passport and a fulfilled form with the personal data of the beholder printed on A4 paper

Acquisition: Purchased

Reference: 03973 


The passport of the IRWIN NSK State was issued on the demand of the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje on the ocassion of the performance NSK Guard Skopje NSK – passport ofice in 2000.


Since 1991, the NSK has claimed to be a sovereign state of sorts. As such, displays of its members’ work are performed under the guise of an embassy, or a territory of the supposed state. Since 1994, the NSK has maintained consulates in several cities, including Umag, Croatia. It has also issued passports and postage stamps. NSK passports are considered an art project. As such, they are not valid for travel. 

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1913, Drazgos, Slovenia – 1990, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Head, 1970

Mixed media on cardboard, 70 х 50 cm

Acquisition: Gift

Reference: 01907



Gabrijel Stupica developed his personal painting, which was based on the experiences of his Zagreb teachers and colleagues, especially his mentor Ljubo Babić , Vladimir Becić , Marino Tartaglia and others. Like his colleagues, he studied the works of the then popular Francisco Goya and Diego Velázquez ; he saw the originals for the first time at an exhibition of paintings from Prado in Geneva in 1939. He became familiar with contemporary modernist painting in Europe , and was also interested in the problems of interior light and darkness in paintings. 

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