The collection comprises socially engaged art produced during the two World Wars. Its main focus, however, rests on works created during World War II: partisan graphics and the extraordinary works produced inside concentration camps and detention facilities.
Representing the resistance and its revolutionary spirit, national heroes, political figures, as well as the process of reconstruction in the aftermath of the conflict. The artworks kept by the Museum were produced in the style of social realism - the art form approved by the post-war regime - and were placed in public spaces and offices.
12 brush-drawn linocut templates, ink and graphite on paper, 210 x 173 mm
We are happy to announce our newest acquisition: 12 art pieces by Slovene painter and war chronicler - France Mihelič. Produced between January and April 1944 in the artist's signature poetic/prophetic style, the templates (that were later used for linocut prints), combine all the main scenes and motives that characterized his previous works on war - it is a layering of all sinister horrors, crimes, prophecies, memories and fears that the artist experienced, saw, or heard about during the war. It’s interesting to note that the artist had already foreshadowed the conflict’s grim outcome in his previous works, produced during the interwar period. In the templates from 1944, however, he combined all these insights creating a visual narrative of the ultimate story of ending and destruction, the biblical Apocalypse.