NLB Gallery Avla has been in existence since 1971 when the TR2 skyscraper was constructed at 2 Trg republike in Ljubljana. For the first five years, the exhibition space covered the area on the right side of the entrance to the Bank, while in 1976 it was moved to the left of the entrance as the Bank's business started to expand. In addition to the exhibitions in the Avla Gallery, from 1971 to 1986 the Bank organised several exhibitions of Slovenian and Yugoslav artists on the premises of the Bank's representative offices or other banks abroad: in Frankfurt, Zürich, Gorizia, Trieste, Vienna, to mention just a few.
Up until 1991, the exhibition activity was steered by the Bank's Fine Arts Council, and later by the internal experts in cooperation with external selectors. Between 1993 and 1997 we cooperated with the Cankarjev dom in organising the exhibitions from the cycle Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. In 1998 and 1999 we worked together with the Designers Society of Slovenia and from 2000 to 2014 with EMZIN Institute of Creative Production. In the period 2001–2004 we organised, apart from the exhibitions of contemporary achievements in visual communications and photography prepared in cooperation with EMZIN, the exhibitions from the NLB Art Collection programme, conducted by Dr Stane Bernik.
Currently, exhibitions are prepared in cooperation with our partner galleries and museums.
Please see the archive for more information on past exhibitions.