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Camera Obskura wants photo gallery


The non-profit organisation Camera Obskura wants to build an underground photo gallery at Šafárikovo Square in Bratislava, where on August 21, 1968 Ladislav Bielik took the photo Bare-Chested Man in Front of a Russian Tank. The image became a Czechoslovak symbol of defiance against Warsaw Pact aggression.

On the first floor, Camera Obscura plans to house a permanent exhibition by well-known photographers with ties to Slovakia. Photos by Ladislav Bielik would make up the core of the display. Other photographers represented would include Hungarian Robert Capa, whose mother came from Veľké Kapušany in eastern Slovakia, Eugen Cernan (called the last man on the moon), whose grandparents were born in the north-western Slovak region of Kysuce and Bohemia, Beatles photographer Dežo Hoffmann, who was born in Banská Štiavnica, and politician Milan Rastislav Štefánik, who was also an avid amateur photographer.

The second underground floor would be available for temporary exhibitions, as well as providing space for filming and painting.



Mammoth in Slovakia exhibition prolonged


A double exhibition of the best-known animal of the last Ice Age, the mammoth, and a display of 60 paintings by illustrator Zdeněk Burian, have been extended at the Slovak National Museum at Vajanského 2 until October 15. Originally the exhibition was to run until the end of August.

Apart from maps, copies of fossils, models, reconstructions, photos and an interactive programme, the Mammoth in Slovakia - The Lost World of Mammoths exhibition showcases a life-sized model of a mammoth.



New Slovak musical portal in trial operation


A new Slovak musical-lifestyle magazine was launched in early August. Its web page, www.imusic.sk, offers reviews, reporting from concerts and festivals, and charts of the most popular songs on Slovak radio and the hottest albums.


- JL

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