In the interior atrium of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje, a permanent exhibition of the work of the academic painter Nikolaj Mašukov is on view in the wide corridor of the monastery.
The exhibition features an opus of artistic creations by an exceptional painter who found his home in the nearby village of Ljubno. Nikolai Alexandrovich Mašukov was born in Siberia, in the city of Krasnoyarsk, where he graduated from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1994, he and his wife Maša Bersan Mašuk, also an artist, moved to Slovenia and found their home in the village of Ljubno.
An exhibition of paintings titled The Way of the Cross is on display in the corridor of the Franciscan monastery, next to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje. It features the 14 Stations of the Cross of Jesus, ending with the Resurrection of Jesus. These are not just 15 paintings, but rather a whole gallery of portraits depicting what Jesus saw on his way to Calvary.
Numerous works by Nikolai Mašukov can also be seen in the nearby village of Ljubno. There, in gratitude to the villagers who greeted him warmly and helped restore his house, he adorned their houses with frescoes.
Alongside Jože Plečnik and Maks Fabian, Ivan Vurnik is considered a pioneer of modern Slovenian architecture and the founder of urbanist architecture in Slovenia. A number of his works can be seen in his birth town of Radovljica.