The Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava enjoys introducing prominent foreign artists to Slovak spectators. This time, visitors can see Chefs-d'oeuvres, a comprehensive exhibition by Lórand Hegyi, the curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Saint - Étienne Métropole in France, which features contemporary and classical works from the museum's collection. The extravagant couple Gilbert and George present a photo installation that oscillates between pop art and social criticism. The Archive of the Dead Swiss by Christian Boltanski examines the pathos of death. Other artists include sculptors Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Patrick Tosani and painters Pascal Pinaud and Bernard Frize. The exhibition takes place in the Esterházy Palace at Námestie Ľ. Štúra 4. Open daily, except Monday, between 10:00 and 17:30 until May 28. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-4587. <
photo: Courtesy of Slovak National Gallery


Owners of Silence - The Aninietak Divadlo ensemble, percussionist Dodo Šosoka and various experimental musicians play untraditional instruments.
Starts: Apr 25 at 19:00. Admission: Sk50. Štúdio 12, Jakubovo námestie 12.
Tel: 02/5930-4720.

Gulo Čar - The energetic Gypsy band from the Czech Republic that blends pop-dance rhythms and jazz flavours with passionate Gypsy melodies hosts American bassist Dough Wimbish.
Starts: Apr 28 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150. Hudobný klub (Music Club) Babylon, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

Dutch Film Days - This film festival focuses on the themes of individual identity, national identity and old age. (All films are in Dutch with English subtitles.)
Runs: Apr 27-29. Admission: free. Kino Mladosť, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 17.

How to Listen to Music: Unusual Orchestral Instruments - Larry Newland, a former conductor with the New York Philharmonic, returns to continue with his popular Young People's Concerts that teach young people to appreciate classical music.
Starts: Apr 29 at 16:00. Admission: Sk110-Sk130. Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall, Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

The Ship of Water Sprites and Sea Nymphs - This entertainment sightseeing cruise on the Bratislava Circuit for families with children includes a carnival, competitions for the best mask, performances, painting, sculpting and theatre happenings.
Starts: Apr 30 at 15:00. Admission: Sk150. Passenger port, pontoon No. 2, Ship Martin. Tel: 02/5910-3101.

Body Language - Expressive Slovak photographer Rasťo Čambál exhibits his stage photos.
Open: until May 8. Admission: free. Komorná galéria BCPB (Stock Exchange Gallery), Vysoká 17. Tel: 02/5478-9416.

Helena Vondráčková - The Czech pop legend gives a concert.
Starts: Apr 26 at 19:00. Admission: Sk500. Kult. a metod. centrum Ozbroj. síl SR (Culture centre of the Slovak Army), Hviezdoslavova 16. Tel: 032/16-186.

Ad Una Corda - An international festival of church choirs.
Runs: Apr 27-30. Admission: free. Kultúrne centrum, (Centre of Culture), Holubyho 42. Tel: 033/6412-093.


Alexander Trizuljak, Eva Trizuljaková - The Trizuljak couple joins in a show in which painter Eva Trizuljaková displays oil piantings, gouache watercolor paintings and tapestries and sculptor Alexander Trizuljak exhibits constructivist sculptu-res and objects.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 until April 30. Admission: Sk20. Považská galéria umenia (Považie Art Gallery), Štefánikova 2. Tel: 041/5622-415.
Liptovský Hrádok
EXHIBITION: Decorated Easter Eggs - Displayed are about 470 chicken, goose and ostrich eggs decorated with various techniques that Ľudmila Bátorová collected from the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Slovakia.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00 until May 1. Admission: Sk30. Národopisné múzeum Liptova (Ethnographical Museum of Liptov), Partizánska 153, Tel: 044/5222-485.


Close Harmony Friends and The Flying Pickets - The legendary Slovak and British a cappella ensembles start their Slovak tour.
Starts: Apr 28 at 19:00. Admission: Sk300. Divadlo Jonáša Záborského, Námestie legionárov 6. Tel: 051/7562-199. (Next concerts take place in Kežmarok, on April 29, Žilina on April 30 and Nitra on May 1.)

Stará Ľubovňa
Ceremonial Opening of the Summer Tourist Season - The programme includes a performance by the historical fencing group Páni Spiša (Lords of the Spiš), a mass in St Michael's Chapel, the opening of an exhibition of tapestries and performances by dance and music folk ensembles.
Starts: Apr 30 at 13:00. Admission: free. Ľubovnianske múzeum at Ľubovňa Castle. Tel: 052/4322-030.

Spišská Nová Ves
Impressions - Artistic photographer Igor Šimko exhibits his earlier and most recent landscapes, portraits, still-lives and pictures of apples.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:30-12:00, 12:30-17:00, Sat-Sun 8:00-12:00 until May 14. Galéria umelcov Spiša, (Gallery of Spiš Artists), Zimná 46. Tel: 055/7299-607.

photo: Orava Museum

Thurzo's Festivities will open the new summer season at Orava Castle in Oravský Podzámok between April 29 and 30. A ceremonial procession of people dressed in historical costumes will start the event on Saturday at 13:00. Afterwards, villains on the castle courtyard will welcome Palatine Juraj Thurzo returning to his summer residence. On this occasion, handicraftsmen will showcase their abilities and sell their products. On Sunday, a presentation of folk costumes and customs will end the event at the castle, which stands on a hill above the Oravica river. Tickets cost Sk140 for adults and Sk80 for children. For more information call 043/5816-114.

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