Valvasor Library, Krško

Krško

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Valvasorjeva knjižnica, Krško

Cesta krških žrtev 26 SI-8270 , Krško

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The Valvasor Library, Krško was established in 1964 as a municipal library. At the outset its collection comprised some 2,100 units and its users totalled 410 registered members. In 1988 the library moved into the renovated building of the defunct baroque Capuchin Monastery and took over the management of its historical library. Special rooms are dedicated to the monastery’s history and to Alfonz Gspan (1904–1977), a lexicographer and librarian from Krško. In 2009 the library also opened a unique permanent exhibition on Speedway in Slovenia.

Today the library has over 6,000 members and holds more than 145,000 units and incorporates a periodicals department, a study-reading room with 40 seats, a children’s corner, a local information collection, and a separately located youth department. The library also has branches at Videm and Kostanjevica na Krki.

Sevnica Library

Sevnica

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Knjižnica Sevnica

Prešernova 1 SI-8290 , Sevnica

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The Sevnica Library has been running since 1959; its beginnings, however, reach back to 1945. It runs lending units in Loka pri Zidanem Mosta and Krmelj. Members can access a selection of book and non-book material, such as audio CDs or DVDs. Its local collection department preserves and maintains materials on the region. In hosting an array of events and activities, the library strives to foster reading culture and information literacy. Library-goers of all ages as well as special needs members can attend lectures, creative workshops, exhibitions, book clubs, literary evenings, author meetings, and educational courses. They welcome cooperation with other institutions, especially other libraries in the region.

Luksuz Production

Krško

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Luksuz produkcija, DZMP

Cesta 4. julija 58 SI-8270 , Krško

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The Luksuz Production is the video production arm of the Society of Allies for Soft Landing, Krško (DZMP) established in 1997. Its first professional project was Boris Petković’s short fiction film Forward (1998) which was invited to several international film festivals. Since 2001 Luksuz Production premises have become an important “video classroom” for young video creators and a production centre for new generations of film and videomakers. It is one of the pioneers in the democratisation of film as a medium in Slovenia.

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Since 2001 Luksuz Production has been intensifying its educational activities. It runs an international youth exchange programme involving film workshops and seminars. Some of its projects have received support from EU institutions and organisations and have been included in their programmes, like the project of intercultural dialogue named Divided God which involved around 40 young participants from different parts of Europe working on documentary films (the workshop was led by well-known film maker Želimir Žilnik) and was supported by the EU programme Youth in Action, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia.

Film Projects

In 2009 the DZMP project Together on the Road was launched: a group of Roma youngsters from Slovenia, France, Serbia and Kosovo explored and filmed the Roma culture under tutorship of professional film-makers for 9 months, and eventually made three documentaries. The project got the grant of the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (ECF).

DZMP has also been involved in many others film projects and events. It cooperates regularly with Kino Otok – Isola Cinema Festival in organising film workshops and in 2007 it co-produced Boris Petković’s feature film Paris.love with Gustav Film.

Film Festival

In 2003 Luksuz Production launched the Luksuz Cheap Film Festival as a showcase for short and low-budget film productions by both domestic and foreign experimental and alternative directors and activists.

Krško Culture House

Krško

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Kulturni dom Krško

Trg Matije Gubca 2 SI-8270, Krško

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The Krško Culture House opened its doors in 1977, when the erection of the new multi-purpose building by the architect Franci Filipčič served as a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Municipality of Krško, its founder. It is the main cultural producer in Krško and offers a diverse and densely set programme. Since 2010, this public institution also manages the Municipal Museum of Krško, the Krško Gallery, and the Rajhenburg Castle.

The Krško Culture House has differently sized and equipped venues, starting with the big hall that can accommodate up to 500 people and is intended to be used for the more complex productions. The smaller hall can host around 100 people and is – just as the bigger one – rigged for cinema projections. Other facilities include two moderately-sized places for workshops and lectures and the like, a multifunctional atrium hall and a bar. All of these are available for outside producers, who range from local musical choirs to political parties and book publishers.

Programme overview

The Culture House has a programme that caters to a very diverse set of audiences, for example, the very strong film programme which offers art cinema screenings, films for children and youth (in course of which the Film na oko Festival was hosted) and a regular mainstream programme.

The musical part is programmed in a similar way, providing big Slovene pop acts like Eroika, rock musicians (from Laibach and The Stroj to Vlado Kreslin), classical music concerts and also a quality jazz and world music cycle with the likes of Samo Šalamon, Cene Resnik, Janez Dovč, Fake Orchestra, Bossa de Novo and Big Band KK. The latter organised in 2015 the first edition of the International Jazz Day Krško on the platform in front of the centre.

Theatre performances are another strong point of Krško Culture House, which hosts plays from theatres from all over Slovenia, with the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, and the Mladinsko Theatre being only a few of them. Various theatre groups like Špas Theatre, Rozinteater, and Café Teater are regulars as well. There are also more commercially-minded performances by popular Slovene comedians, further augmented by stand-up shows.

Yet, a lot more is being produced and co-produced, from a fair of ecologically grown food to a summer music festival at the Rajhenburg Castle. Painting and photography works are sometimes also displayed, though their primary venue is the Krško Gallery.

Klub Metulj

Bistrica ob Sotli

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Klub Metulj

Bistrica ob Sotli 9 SI-3256, Bistrica ob Sotli

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Klub Metulj (The Butterfly Club) is situated in Bistrica ob Sotli, a village set just by the border with Croatia and known for its unusually lively and productive musical scene. Though officially a youth club, Metulj caters to other generations as well and offers a programme that features music concerts, workshops, lectures, discussions, international exchanges and other projects.

Background

The history of the club goes back to 1996, when the local youth established it as an unofficial place to hang out and socialise. Soon, concerts started being held there and the crew running the club formalised its activities and set up the Bistrica ob Sotli Youth Association. Alongside the emergence of Metulj, the music scene in Bistrica started flourishing, and about ten years after its inception, the club was thoroughly renovated and also obtained its “youth centre” status. After that, a bit more substantial financing was arranged and a consistent and quality programme set in place.

Programme

Along with its international exchanges, the club activities include various ecologically informed enterprises, cultural development projects of the local community, workshops and music festivals (Bosorok, Kolomonov Žegen). A very curious project is Improcon, a sort of improvisation festival in cooperation with the residents of the neighbouring Croatian town Kumrovec that takes place at different venues in both towns. And, as festivals go, Klub Metulj also cooperates with Zasavje Noisefest International and is a regular host for the Club Marathon.

The yearlong music programme not only features concerts by prominent Slovenian alternative bands but also a music cycle called SundayNoise, which takes place on Sundays and brings notable freejazz, rock, impro, noise and other edgier bands from Slovenia as well as abroad. Of them, one can mention MoE (NO), Les Rhinocéros (USA), Mario Rechtern (DE), Linda Sharrock (US), Tristan Honsinger (NL), Diamond Terrifier (US), Dead Neanderthals (NL) and The Grand Astoria (RU).

Literature

Brežice Library

Brežice

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Knjižnica Brežice

Trg izgnancev 12b SI-8250, Brežice

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Established in 1946 Brežice Library is a public library that engages in educational, entertainment, cultural and information activities for people in the Municipality of Brežice.

In addition to its central space, the Brežice Library has two movable book collections – at Pišece and at the military barracks in Cerklje ob Krki.

Architecture

The Brežice Library moved to its present location in 1980. In the period 2002–2006 the building was expanded and modernised (including the interior) by the architect Nataša Filipčić, Arho Studio for Architecture and Design, Brežice.

The Brežice Library has been selected by the organisation NAPLE (National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe) for presentation in the Library Buildings database which features cutting-edge contemporary library buildings in Europe.

Collections and displays

Brežice Library’s collection comprises more than 100,000 items. The library has also introduced a self-service book borrowing machine.

On the ground floor a children’s literature department is located next to the Mini Bologna, a permanent exhibition of illustrated youth books from 44 countries. On the upper floor there is a section for adults, a reference library, and the permanent display of the book collection of the Slovene language expert Jože Toporišič.

Events

A multi-purpose hall is named after Savica Zorko, the library’s first manager. Many events (book readings, presentations, exhibitions, etc.) for children and adults take place here. The library has started offering free computer courses as early as 2010.

Visual arts

Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na Krki

Kostanjevica na Krki

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Galerija Božidar Jakac Kostanjevica na Krki

Grajska cesta 45 SI-8311, Kostanjevica na Krki

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Founded in 1974, the Božidar Jakac Art Museum is located in the building of the former Cistercian monastery near Kostanjevica by the Krka River, one of Slovenia’s finest medieval monuments, which is situated in the picturesque landscape of south-eastern Slovenia. With its over 4,000 m² of exhibition surfaces, it is the largest gallery complex in Slovenia. Initially, the institution focused on presenting the artistic legacy of the Bela Krajina, Dolenjska and Posavje regions. Today, its scope covers also Slovenian expressionism and contemporary artistic production on the regional, national and international levels.

The Božidar Jakac Art Museum manages the Forma Viva Open Air Wood Sculpture Collection (set in the surrounding area and in part also in the town Kostanjevica na Krki) and prepares the programme for its two dislocated gallery spaces: Gorjup Gallery and Lamut’s Art Salon in the town of Kostanjevica na Krki.

Collection

Among other artists, the Božidar Jakac Art Museum permanently exhibits the local painter Jože Gorjup, a representative of expressionism and new objectivity; further works donated by Tone Kralj, and graphic art by Božidar Jakac, a representative of expressionism and lyric realism, who was commemorated in 2009 on the 110th anniversary of his birth with a new installation of his artworks ranging from oil on canvas through pastels to graphic and drawings.

The permanent collection of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum also represents other Slovenian artists of the 20th century, including France Kralj, France Gorše, Zoran Didek, Janez Boljka and Bogdan Borčić.

In the upper part of the monastery’s southern wing is an important collection called European painters of the 17th through the 19th centuries consisting of 45 oil paintings by French, Flemish, Italian and German old masters. The collection is owned by the nearby Pleterje Charterhouse Monastery and has been exhibited in the Božidar Jakac Art Museum since 1977. Most of the paintings were brought to Slovenia after 1902 by the monks of the St Anna Charterhouse in Bosserville (near Nancy, Lorraine), who revived the former Charterhouse in Pleterje.

Kostanjevica Monastery itself houses a lapidary collection which comprises medieval masonry fragments such as a keystone with stylised palmettes, a robust cup-shaped capital, a figural capital, a little fragment with a preserved mason’s mark, and a remnant of a Gothic painting on part of a vault’s rib.

Exhibition spaces

The monastery Gothic church is considered to be one of the top-ranking exhibition venues in Slovenia in terms of the intriguing task – to conceive a site-specific contemporary art project. Annually, two exhibition projects are prepared either by Slovenian or Croatian established artists of different generations. Some of the featured artists include Tina Dobrajc, Petra Varl,, Ana Pečar, Milan Erič, Zvonko Čoh, Marjan Gumilar, Uroš Abram, Zmago Lenárdič, Bojan Gorenc, Nataša Prosenc, Uršula Berlot, Jože Slak, Sandi Červek and Mirko Bratuša.

Further temporary exhibitions are also presented in the so-called “lapidarium”. It consists of 8 individual exhibition spaces situated in the south wing of the monastery tracts. The exhibiting area is designed for exhibitions of established as well as upcoming artists. Because of its specific structure, the sites of the lapidarium demand a careful use of space by the artist and often facilitate site-specific installations.

In 2016, the Božidar Jakac Art Museum opened a new exhibition space of 630 m² in the west wing of the former monastery. Major exhibitions from Slovenia and abroad are hosted there. In the opening year, it featured a retrospective on Valentin Oman and the Baunet: Černigoj/Theatre exhibition from the Marie-Luise Betlheim Collection. In 2018, the international exhibition Faces of Expressionism covered German, Czech and Slovenian expressionist art from 1905 to 1925 and was conceived together with the GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region in Kutná Hora. A revealing retrospective of Nande Vidmar’s (1899–1981) work was shown here in 2019.

Libraries

Capuchin Monastery Library Krško

Krško

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Knjižnica kapucinskega samostana Krško

Cesta krških žrtev 26 8270, Krško

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The Capuchin Monastery Library, Krško is one of the few old libraries that has remained in situ until today. Before the Second World War there were more than 4,000 units kept in the library collections, out of which some 1,500 units have been preserved. The library was formed soon after the establishment of the Capuchin Monastery in Krško 1640.

Background

In 1640 a monastery was built for Capuchin monks in Krško, a region with a strong Protestant tradition, in order to strengthen Catholicism. Subsequently the monks acquired a great deal of literature to support their preaching activities, including dogmatic and philosophical works, Latin and German Bibles with commentaries, breviaries, preaching books, and commentaries. During the Second World War Germans destroyed much of the library’s holdings; surviving books came into the custody of local people, who returned the books to the convent after the war. In 1986 the 300-year-old Baroque library of the Capuchin Monastery was opened to the public. It presents a good example of historical bibliographical method preservation; most books are in Latin, German, and Italian, but a few are in Slovenian.

Collections

The Capuchin Library in Krško contains around 1,500 units dating from the 17th century, bound using a method typical of the Capuchin or Franciscan order with the owner’s sign (signature) and still arranged in the alphabetical, field, and format order prescribed by the catalogue of 1695 (Folios 4, 8, 12). The most precious items are Janez Svetokriški’s Sacrum Promptuarium, Father Rogerius’s Palmarium Empyreum and Schönleben’s Carniola Antiqua et Nova. The library also preserves some early Ljubljana prints from the 18th century. As the Capuchin monks engaged in education and medicine, the library also contains several old books on medicine and pharmacy. Some of the library’s incunabula are stored at the National and University Library (NUK) in Ljubljana, including Dalmatin’s Bible and Valvasor’s The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola.

Monuments and Sites

Kostanjevica Monastery

Kostanjevica na Krki

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Samostan Kostanjevica na Krki

Grajska cesta 45 8311, Kostanjevica na Krki

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The Cistercian Monastery Kostanjevica na Krki was built on a marshy plain near the Krka River in 1234. The Spring of St Mary Monastery (Fons sanctae Mariae), whose parish was in Carinthian Vetrinje, was grounded by Carinthian Duke Bernard Spanheim and his wife Juta and should not be mistaken for the Franciscan monastery Kostanjevica in Nova Gorica. It is known for having the most extensive arcades in Slovenia.

It houses the Božidar Jakac Art Museum and the Forma Viva Open Air Wood Sculpture Collection in a adjacent park. The monastery Gothic church is considered to be one of the top ranking exhibition venues in Slovenia in terms of the intriguing task – to conceive a site-specific project of contemporary, traditional and pre-historic art. The whole complex (monastery, Palaeolithic archaeological site, park with Forma Viva) is declared a cultural monument of state importance.

History

Initially the monastery was built as a three-nave church with a transversal nave and a flat-ended choir area (Bernadine ground plan). During the 15th century a bell tower was added to the church and the naves were shortened on the west side, supposedly due to the difficulties connected with the bearing capacity of the terrain.

During the 17th and 18th centuries the entrance was remodelled, the choir loft was extended and the naves were re-vaulted. Construction of the monastery buildings began in the late 14th century; a hall was added in the 16th century and residential wings with arcades in the 18th century.

After the abolition of the monasteries in 1786 by the Emperor Joseph II, the altars and other church fittings were taken away or sold. Thereafter the monastery buildings fell into decay, and were finally burnt down in 1942. Renovation commenced in 1958 and by 1971 the church had been reconstructed by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia.

Premises

The Baroque monastery, which includes some older Cistercian elements and the early Gothic church, no longer operates as a monastery but is devoted purely to secular activities. The oldest part of the monastery complex is the Church of St Mary along with the remaining foundations of the former ground floor of the cloister. The ground floor plan accommodates the general plan of Bernard that is a three nave church with a crossing nave and two pairs of chapels alongside the square choir. The church distinguished the arch system and a very rich early Gothic capital work of piers and engaged pillars. Nowadays it is considered also one of the most prominent visual arts exhibition venues.

The arcade courtyard is not only one of the biggest in Slovenia, but also in Central Europe. The rich church fittings were completely sold after 1820, and murals from the first third of the 16th century were destroyed.

The mural of Maria’s Assumption on the western façade and The Saving of the Monastery from the Uskok Invasion in 1736, painted on the small wall between the defending towers, are the art work by the painter Franc Jelovšek (1700–1764) painted between 1740 and 1742.

Exhibitions

A lapidary collection of medieval masonry fragments such as a keystone with stylised palmettes, a robust cup-shaped capital, a figural capital, a little fragment with a preserved mason’s mark and a remnant of a Gothic painting on part of a vault’s rib is on display.

The Božidar Jakac Art Museum was opened here in 1974, focused initially on the artistic legacy of local painter Jože Gorjup, works donated by Tone Kralj, and graphic art by Božidar Jakac. Permanent collections represent Slovene artists of the 20th century, including France Kralj, France Gorše, Zoran Didek, Janez Boljka, and Bogdan Borčić. In the upper part of the monastery’s southern wing is an important collection of 44 oil paintings by French, Flemish, Italian and German old masters opened in Kostanjevica in 1977 which are owned by the nearby Pleterje Charterhouse Monastery.

A selection of wooden sculptures by artists of several nationalities has been displayed in the grounds of the monastery since the first of the Forma Viva workshops in 1961 and all the subsequent creative gathering held over the years.

Youth Centres

Krško Youth Centre

Krško

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Mladinski center Krško (MC Krško)

Cesta krških žrtev 105 8270, Krško

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Krško Youth Centre opened in September 2003. It encourages and develops cultural and educational programmes paying special attention to voluntary youth work, active participation of young people. The MC Club has become a vibrant venue of concerts of different musical genres, theater and stand-up comedy performances, workshops and lectures. The hostel Krško offers pleasant ambience for creative visitors of all generations; space is adapted for disabled people.

Posavje Multimedia Centre (MMC Posavje)

MMC Posavje was a programming unit attached to Krško Youth Centre, that made a part of M3C Multimedia Centres Network of Slovenia. At the time the MMC provided free Internet access and information technology equipment for digital video and audio production, graphic design and software development as a creative resource for members of the public. Several educational and intermedia artistic projects were organised in its numerous facilities: a cyber café with the gallery, a multimedia studio with two music practice rooms, a computer project room and a multimedia multifunctional lecture room.

Troblja portal

The Troblja.info cultural portal has been operated by MMC Posavje since 2003 in order to announce the latest creative happenings in the Posavje region. It is one of the sources for the Kulturnik.si aggregated database of cultural events.