The Božidar Jakac Gallery is synonymous with the richness of art in Posavje. It ranks among the largest in Slovenia by the surface of the exhibition space and the artistic fund it holds. It stores and presents artwork of the 20th century with an emphasis on Slovenian expressionism. The core of the permanent collection is made up of the central protagonists of Slovenian modern art, such as France Kralj, Tone Kralj, Božidar Jakac, France Gorše, Jože Gorjup, Zoran Didek, Bogdan Borčić and Janez Boljka. Since 1977, the amazing Pletrje collection of European painters, also owned by the nearby Pleterje Carthusian Monastery, is also on display. Among the works dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, stands out a series of apostles, which was originally created in the works of Flemish master Anthony Van Dyck.
Since its inception, the gallery has also been planned to build an exhibition program of contemporary fine arts and today it represents an important and recognizable institution in the field of visual arts in the region. In occasional exhibitions, numerous renowned Slovene and foreign contemporary artists presented projects designed for specific exhibition spaces (former monastery church, lapidarium, Lamut’s art salon).
There is also a rich tradition in the Forma Viva International Sculpture Symposium, which began at the site of Kostanjevica na Krki in 1961 and is considered to be the oldest still operating sculpting symposium in the world. During biennial symposiums, creators create a statue of oak wood typical for this area during a one-month stay in an idyllic local environment. Through decades, around the building of the former Cistercian monastery, where the Božidar Jakac Gallery is located, a Forma Viva Sculpture Park is being built, featuring more than 100 monumental plastics.
Entry into the art world of Božidar Jakac Galleries for only 6 EUR per person.