ARTS & CRAFTS
Arts and crafts have got a long tradition in Koroška, and have become strongly linked with the tourist offer as well. Craftsmen are beginning to work more closely with designers now, which is evident from the original and quality protocol and promotional products, as well as souvenirs available for purchase in tourist information centres, specialised shops, and sometimes at traditional regional arts and crafts fairs.
A national biennial exhibition of arts and crafts has been held in Slovenj Gradec since 1977. In 2012, craftsmen from 12 different countries from the European Union also presented their products alongside the Slovenian craftsmen. The Art@Craft Europe 2012 International Exhibition was organised as part of the DUO Kunsthandwerk project and the Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture title.
Traditional Food from Koroška
The choice and the quality of the food used to depend on the social position of the family, as well as on the environment and the resourcefulness of the housewife. Dishes made of flour were prepared most often, such as corn- or buckwheat-flour roasted polenta ("žganci"), noodles ("nudlni"), savoury or sweet filled dough rolls ("povitneki"), various types of porridge, and soup. Potato soup was often served for breakfast, and meat was only eaten during holidays and important life events, as well as during hard labour. Do not worry, though; you will get a lovely piece of cooked beef with bread and horseradish porridge, even if you did not trim a spruce tree or weed a potato field before that.
THE KOROŠKA GALLERY OF FINE ARTS
The Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts is a museum of modern visual arts. The gallery is continually developing the concepts of modern exhibitions, with emphasis put on the engaged artistic and visual uses. The continuing cultural tradition of Slovenj Gradec and the region gives the gallery its recognition in Slovenia and abroad. The specific collections of artistic creations from Koroška and beyond were obtained as gifts and legacy or were purchased. The collections are logically presented and complemented by newly acquired works, and special attention is paid to raising awareness of modern visual arts and intermedia art.
The first modern art exhibition in Slovenj Gradec was put on display in 1954. It was a design titled Švedska Kuhinja (The Swedish Kitchen). The Gallery was then founded in 1957, with its programme being designed by a group of young academically educated enthusiasts lead by Karel Pečko, a painter who was the director of the institution until his retirement in 1997.
House of Masterpieces Perger 1757
In Slovenj Gradec you can meet one and only European gingerbread and candle maker with tradition from 1757 year. The Perger family have been master makers of a broad range of honey and honeycomb products since 1757, when it yielded the first generation of gingerbread and candle makers. Vast tehnological knowledge and family secrets have been passed down from generation to generation.
Are you interested in how we produce gingerbread hearts and other products of gingerbread? Maybe how we produce real wax candles? You can also try the best home made sweets free of preservatives and artificial colors?
Today the Perger gingerbread and candle makers workshop is the only one making traditional gingerbread products and candles (honey pastry, a range of gingerbread products, mead, honey brandy, candles for various occasion that mark important milestones in human life) and modern products that originate from the rich foundations of historical memory (energy candles, designed by Oskar Kogoj, energy heart, organic honey non alcoholic drink-OL,..).
In Slovenj Gradec you can meet one and only European gingerbread and candle maker with tradition from 1757 year. The Perger family have been master makers of a broad range of honey and honeycomb products since 1757, when it yielded the first generation of gingerbread and candle makers. Today the Perger gingerbread and candle makers workshop is the only one making traditional gingerbread products and candles.