The Mean Ant on a Visit / The Rolled Ball in the Maribor City Park

Our dear youngest creators! At a time when you can't visit the gallery, our curious Mean Ant will visit you again in your homes and get to know art and create interesting products with you.

New, interesting tasks for the whole family are already prepared here! This time we will get to sculptures which feature round shapes. Tasks in the form of a teaching tool can be found on this link, and you can open them in the same format by clicking the boxes below. Send us your photos of the products to info@ugm.si – The Mean Ant will be especially happy. All products will be published here, on the UGM website and on the UGM photo platform Flickr.

She was the Mean Ant…

We all know her, but many do not know that the author of the poem the Mean Ant is Branko Rudolf, the legendary first director of the Maribor Art Gallery. The first known publication of the poem dates back to 1955 (the year after the Maribor Art Gallery was founded) in the collection of poems for children Zamorček in ladjica, and since then the poem has been printed in numerous collections and independent editions. The poem has been set to music by the the composer Marijan Vodopivec and in 1971 it was played in the scene of the TV series Erazem and Wander. Since then, it has been known to all generations of children in Slovenia.