Slovaks in Finland
AN EXHIBITION of paintings and photos called 22 Minutes 50.28 Seconds, which was prepared by the Slovak Embassy in Finland and takes place at the International Cultural Centre Caisa, has been introducing a wide array of Slovak art to Finnish citizens. Dozens of fine artists, such as Rudolf Sikora, Ľubo Stacho, Veronika Rónaiová, Pavlína Fichta Čierna and Tomáš Agat Blonski, have displayed their works along with marionettes and paper objects by Karol Krčmár. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Traditional Puppet Theatre of Anton Anderle. Renowned Slovak photographer Tibor Huszár is presenting his documentary photos of Roma settlements in the exhibition.
The exhibition will run in Helsinki until February 23. Then it will move to Jyväskylä, a town in central Finland that houses the only lectorate of Slovak language and culture in the Nordic countries.
On February 15, the anniversary of the launch of the Visegrad Four, young classical musicians from those countries will perform. Musa Ludens, a chamber ensemble of early music, will play on February 16.
Ministries join forces
THE MINISTRIES of Foreign Affairs in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria have agreed to cooperate on a joint, travelling exhibition entitled Diplomacy 1920-2005. The exhibition will tour from Prague to Vienna to Bratislava.
Slovak Foreign Deputy Minister Magda Vášáryová attended the exhibition's opening in the Tuscan Palace in Prague on February 1. The event celebrates the 85th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Czechoslovak Republic and Austria.
Rome screens Mináč
DOCUMENTARY film Sila ľudskosti (The Power of Good) by Matej Mináč opened a new film club at the seat of the Slovak Institute in Rome on January 27.
The film tells the story of British businessman Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 Czech and Slovak Jewish children from the horrors of the Holocaust. One of the survivors, Trudy Scaramuzzi-Bandler, who lives in Rome, attended the screening.
An exhibition of celebrity photos by Slovak-Italian photographer Lucie Gardin opened at the institute as well.
More Slovak art shows
THE SLOVAK Embassy in Athens, in cooperation with the Hellenist-American association, opened a contemporary visual arts exhibition on February 6 as part of the Black&White European event. Young artists Erik Binder and Marek Blažo will be showing their works until February 26.
Slovakia in the 16th to 19th Centuries is an exhibition that will run until April 4 at the Slovak Institute in Berlin. The display is made up of 15 thematic blocks that introduce the milestones of Slovakia history in that period. It was organized by the Slovak Culture Ministry, the Slovak Foreign Ministry and the Slovak National Museum. The exhibition will be part of the "long night of museums" in Berlin.
The Slovak Institute in Moscow hosts an exhibition of artistic glassworks by Palo Macho. This is the first time Moscow citizens can learn of Slovak glass fine arts.
The Portuguese town of Porto hosts a display of photographs by Ladislav Struhár, Slovakia - The Garden of Dreams. The exhibition opens the third annual presentation of Slovakia in Portugal under the slogan Visit Slovakia. Its aim is to introduce Slovakia as a modern, dynamic, economically developed country with a rich history and European cultural traditions that attract tourists as well as investors. Struhár's exhibition is open until February 24 at the Geraldes da Silva gallery.
The Roma Culture Museum in Brno, Czech Republic is exhibiting works by Slovak Roma children from Nižný Žipov in eastern Slovakia and Roma naive painter Jozef Ciché. The children created the paintings with the help of the civic association Great Heart (Baro jilo). Ciché's paintings decorate more than 30 public places across Slovakia. A collection of 40 works are on display in Brno. Visitors can see them until the end of March.
Compiled by Jana Liptáková