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Franciscan gallery Široki Brijeg

After the construction of the church and the monastery, the first works of art arrived in Široki Brijeg during the 19th century. Although the works are mostly religious in theme and by unknown authors, they will turn out to be the basis for cultural revitalization after the numerous troubles brought by the world wars. Basics of construction of the Franciscan Gallery on Š. Brijeg is brought by the monastery treasury opened in 1979, which owns numerous paintings by old masters, church utensils, clothes and old books. Over the next decade, the monastery organized numerous exhibitions and thus acquired works of art of lasting significance. Finally, in 1990, the building was completed, in which the permanent exhibition of the Franciscan Gallery Široki Brijeg was soon opened. In addition to the already mentioned treasury, the permanent exhibition consisted of exhibits by painters and sculptors of Croatian modern and contemporary art, artists of naive art and works by avant-garde artists. The third part presents the works of Herzegovinian painters. At the beginning of the Homeland War, the permanent exhibition was removed, and the works of art were arranged and stored. The Gallery also received numerous works of art from other museums and collections that were endangered due to the war. From the opening of the Gallery until today, numerous exhibitions of famous and lesser-known artists have been organized in the gallery spaces. The Gallery is also associated with the founding of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Mostar in Š. Brijeg.

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In the 15th century, the Kosača family ruled the area of Hum (Herzegovina) and was one of the most powerful noble families in the Kingdom of Bosnia. There are assumptions that the family was named after the village of Kosač near the Piva and Tara river. The influence and power of Kosača can be seen during the time of the first Bosnian king Tvrtko I.
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