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photo: Marek Ormandík/Danubiana

photo: El Hortelano/Danubiana

Bratislava's Danubiana hosts two exhibitions, Paintings,
by avant-garde Spanish artist José Alfonso Morera Ortiz El Hortelano
(The Gardener), and New Stuff from Slovak painter Marek Ormandík.
El Hortelano's selection offers the best works the versatile artist has
created over the last 20 years. His paintings are monumental in terms
of colours used, dynamic compositions and in particular the painting
technique. El Hortelano, a protagonist of the legendary Madrid art scene
that generated some groundbreaking artists, including movie director Pedro
Almodóvar, uses bricklayers' tools and mixes waxes, rosins, strings, glass,
soil and other natural materials.
Large heads and figures gaze at visitors from Ormandík's latest works.
The Slovak artist, who likes to paint with wide strokes of the paintbrush and
uses sharp colours, approaches the theme of heads from the imprint of Christ's
face on the Torino shroud.
The New Stuff exhibition is open until March 12, El Hortelano's Paintings closes
March 19. The Danubiana Modern Art Museum at the Čunovo Water Works is
open daily except Monday between 10:00 and 18:00. Tickets cost Sk60.
For more information call 02/6252-8501.


Opera Arias by Mozart - The piano trio Istropolis, soprano Katarína Krčmárová and bass Rastislav Uhlár, playing and singing opera arias by WA Mozart, open Mozart Year 2006, marking the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Starts: Jan 12 at 18:00. Admission: free. Austrian Embassy, Ventúrska 10.
Tel: 02/5464-1337.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 - The display depicts the life and oeuvre of one of the most famous composers.
Open: Mon, Tue, Thu 10:00-18:00, Wed, Fri 9:00-18:00 until February 28. Admission: free. Austrian Culture Forum, Zelená 7. Tel: 02/5464-1337.

Keys of Johann Sebastian - Pianist Miki Škuta plays Johann Sebastian Bach during a New Year's concert held by the Cancer Research Foundation.
Starts: Jan 17 at 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk50. Primate's Palace, Primaciálne námestie. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

EXHIBITION: ZAS a zNOVA - Sculptor Martin Lettrich exhibits his works, which are the products of much searching and experimentation.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00. Admission: free. Nova Gallery, Baštová 2. Tel: 02/5443-3039.

Peter Lipa and Band - Prominent Slovak jazzman and his band perform.
Starts: Jan 21 at 20:00. Admission: free. Piano Club (former Merina club), Pod Sokolice 16. Tel: 0905/278-785.

The Birth of Sun II - Physically and mentally challenged artists present their works at an international biennial exhibition.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00, Sat and Sun according to agreement, until 22 January. Admission: Sk20. Limes Gallery, Františkánov 31. Tel: 035/7701-143.


Banská Bystrica
Dance House - Lovers of Slovak folk dances have a chance to learn some of them.
Starts: Jan 20 at 18:00. Admission: Sk50. Robotnícky dom, Robotnícka 5. Tel: 048/4142-472.

Krňačky - The competition on krňačky, a traditional wooden sledge used by woodcutters for transporting logs out of remote forests, takes place within the Slovak Cup.
Starts: Jan 21 at 11:00. Admission: free. Jasienok, recreation area close to Brezno. Tel: 0907/647-270.

Liptovský Mikuláš
Contemporary Japanese and Chinese Posters - The collection from the archive of the Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava o show.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until February 19. Admission: Sk10. Galéria PM Bohúňa (PM Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3. Tel: 044/5522-758.


Echoes of Famufest - The Czech Centre co-organizes the screening of two 90-minute blocks of short films made by students of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague.
Runs: Jan 18 to 19, starting at 19:00. Admission: free. Film Club Cinefil, Dominikánske námestie 8. Tel: 055/6253-508.

The best freestyle skiers from Central Europe meet at the big K2 Freeskiing Challenge 2006 show in Park Snow Donovaly ski resort on January 21. They will stun the audiences with the best acrobatic jumps in their repertoire. Registration for competitors starts at 8:30. Between 10:00 and 11:30 the skiers can practise their jumps before the one-hour qualification starting at noon. The start of the final is planned for 13:30. Those interested in competing can enrol for Sk300 while visitors can watch the competition free of charge. For more information call 048/4199 881.

photo: Andrej Matyáš

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