The Kregar Gallery is located in St Stanislav’s Institution in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. After the reopening of St Stanislav’s Institution in 1993 the gallery was founded due to the donation of a great number of Kregar’s artwork to the Institution by his heirs. Stane Kregar was an art teacher at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium, priest and painter. In 1935 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and afterwards greatly influenced contemporary church art in Slovenia. He adorned Slovene churches with numerous stained- glass windows, frescoes, mosaics, altarpieces and liturgical vestments.
The gallery houses a permanent collection of more than 80 Kregar’s paintings. The collection highlights the typical stages of Kregar’s work, from new reality, poetic realism to abstract painting and new figures of the 1960s. The authors of the first installation were Anica Cevc, a long-time headmistress of the National Gallery in Ljubljana, and academician Emilijan Cevc, who also catalogued the works. The entire installation was reorganised out of a desire for a more contemporary presentation and due to a very successful memorial exhibition in the National Gallery in Ljubljana in 2013 that was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the painter’s death and the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Kregar’s Gallery. The new installation includes stained-glass sketches and informative posters on Kregar’s rich sacral opus. The author of the renewed installation and the accompanying texts, which guide the visitors and offer supplementary data, is art historian Andrej Doblehar.
We are proud that our educational institution owns such a precious art collection, since the arts enjoy a privileged position in promoting the holistic development of children and young people. The arts lead us to dimensions that transcend the beneficial, useful, and valuable. Their beauty makes us susceptible to the deeper truth of human existence. Let Kregar’s colourful symphonies – by which he acquaints us with the distances of this invisible world – invite all of us to approach beauty, which alone can satisfy man’s most profound desires.