Petra Bole

Photo: Gorazd Kavčič

About Petra

Petra has worked as a lecturer, artist, writer, curator and editor and she is currently director of Radovljica Municipal Museums.

She was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Design in Slovenia where she was in charge of the Department of Product Design and worked as Vice Dean for Creative Activity.

Petra’s educational background is in architecture (Faculty of Architecture Ljubljana), jewellery (Master of Art at Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design London) and humanities (PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the Faculty of Humanities Koper-Capodistria, University of Primorska).

As a doctor in humanities, Petra wrote a thesis on jewellery as art, investigating different art theories, philosophical and sociological aspects of art jewellery.

She has exhibited in many countries, such as Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Serbia and Columbia.

She was the founder and president of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery Slovenia (2003–2015).

Since 2013 Petra has been president of the Section for Unique Design of the Designers Society of Slovenia (DOS).

She is the author of the book ‘Jewellery as Art’, which is a short reflection on artistic jewellery as well as many other articles about jewellery, art and design.

Petra is currently working as the director at the Radovljica Municipality Museums, where she is responsible for the operation of five museum units:


Since opening in 1959, this museum has specialised in maintaining the heritage of Slovenian beekeeping by keeping records, collecting, storing, documenting, representing and popularising this tradition.

The museum’s exhibits represent the three key topics that mark Slovenian beekeeping: an indigenous race of bees, world renowned beekeepers and painted beehive panels.


The baroque mansion, situated in Radovljica’s old town centre in Linhart Square, is home to the Municipal Museum of Radovljica.

During the 18th century, a time of great intellectual, political and social change – especially in Europe – one of the most famous Slovenes, Anton Tomaž Linhart (1756–1795), an intellectual and Slovenian representative of modern Slovene historiography and high state official, was born in Radovljica.

The exhibition ‘ANTON TOMAŽ LINHART (1756–1795), Now I am thinking about how to become famous’ is dedicated to him.


Šivec House, a bourgeois house dating from the mid 16th century, is set in the historic centre of Radovljica.

It is classified as one of a group of important cultural monuments of late Gothic architecture with its rich exterior and interior architectural image. Nowadays, this house with its extraordinary ambience serves as an art gallery which presents contemporary Slovene art.


The museum is located in the central part of the old square of Kropa and it was opened in 1952 as the first technical museum in Slovenia.

It shows the technical and historical development of iron working from ore to nail as well as the economic, social and cultural conditions in Kropa and nearby ironworking locations since the 15th century until the decline of the ironworks in the 19th century, and the manufacture of handmade nails in the 20th century.


There are a number of sacred places in Slovenia that are reminders of the suffering of people during the Second World War.

Begunje na Gorenjskem is an idyllic village, located seven kilometres north of Radovljica beneath Mount Begunjščica.

The mighty Katzenstein Mansion in the middle of the settlement served as a Gestapo prison during the time of Nazi occupation. In the years from 1941 to 1945, a total of 11,477 prisoners were interned, mostly followers of the resistance movement from Gorenjska, as well as from other Slovenian regions.