VIKTOR Jasaň has become new general director of the Slovak National Museum (SNM). He took the post on August 1, after being appointed by Culture Minister Marek Maďarič.

Jasaň, who worked in Spiš Museum in Levoča and other cultural institutions in the past, won the selection proceeding announced on June 9. The proceeding was not public, and the Culture Ministry did not even publish the names of candidates. Two of them made it to the final round held on July 16: Jasaň, who was at the time commissioned to lead the SNM, and Július Barczi, deputy chair of the SNM responsible for the department of castles, chateaus and manor houses, the SITA newswire reported.

The Culture Ministry announced the selection proceeding after former SNM head Rastislav Púdelka asked to be released from the post for health reasons on January 27.

The SNM administers hundreds of facilities across Slovakia, including cultural monuments. It runs 18 specialised museums, including those at the Bratislava Castle, the Červený Kameň Castle, the Modrý Kameň Castle, the Bojnice Castle and in the manor house in Betliar. It also administers the biggest open-air museum in Slovakia, the Museum of Slovak Village in Martin, and the open-air Museum of Ukrainian Culture in Svidník. Part of the SNM is also the Spiš Museum in Levoča and its Spiš Castle, as well as the network of museums of national minorities in Slovakia, the specialised public archive and the scientific library.

The SNM also administers the collection fund at nearly €4 million, TASR wrote.