|For the first time, the public has the chance to see a collection of 18 Japanese colour woodblock prints donated to the Slovak National Gallery in 1992 by the American artist Sandria Hu. The term Ukiyo-e refers not to the technique but to the subject matter of the exhibited works. Although it originally referred to the fleeting nature of the world, later it became associated with hedonism. The single-sheet prints were created by seven artists from the late Edo period (1603-1868) and the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), the high point of this art technique, which influenced European art in the 19th and the 20th centuries. The exhibition in Esterházy Palace on Nám Ľ Štúra in Bratislava is open daily, except Mondays, between 10:00 and 17:30 until November 5. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-2081 or visit www.sng.sk.||
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Ján Valach Tours Slovakia - Prominent Slovak organist starts his national tour with a concert of works by Georg Schumann, Henry Mulet and his own, among others.
Starts: Sept 18 at 19:00. Admission: Sk50, Sk80. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelical Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: From Folklore to R' N' B' - Folk ensemble Cifra from Uherské Hradiště plays along with students from the ZUŠ Ľ. Rajtera.
Starts: Sept 22 at 18:00. Admission: Sk100. Dom kultúry Zrkadlový háj (House of Culture Zrkadlový háj), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.
HORSE RACE: Saint Leger - Horses and greyhounds compete.
Starts: Sept 24 at 14:00. Admission: Sk40. Závodisko (Racecourse), Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504.
EXHIBITION: Landgame 2 - Children and adults can discover a landscape in a variety of ways and become informed about natural laws and physics.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until January 20. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308.
FLOWER PARADE: Victoria Regia - This competition in flower arranging and flower parade, during which floats richly decorated with flowers go through town, marks the unofficial end to the summer spa season in this spa town.
Runs: Sept 21-23. The flower parade takes place on Sept 23 starting at 14:00. Admission: free. Piešťany downtown. Tel: 33/7719-621.
FESTIVAL: Wine Festivities - Tasting of burčiak, a tart fermented juice produced from an excellent harvest of grapes this year, is accompanied by folk and pop performances.
Runs: Sept 21-24. Admission: free. Downtown. Tel: 0903/322-495.
FESTIVAL: Žitný Ostrov Market - The 26th traditional market offers local delicacies and wines.
Runs: Sept 21-24. Admission: free. The town centre. Tel: 031/5903-935.
EXHIBITION: When David's Star Shined - This display presents the culture, traditions and characteristic symbols of Judaism via exhibits from private collections and museums.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:30, Sat 10:00-16:00 until September 27. Tríbečské Múzeum (Tríbeč Museum), Krušovská 291. Tel: 038/5323-253.
EXHIBITION: Archaeological Research on Pustý Hrad - This exhibition presents 15 years of archaeological works on Pustý Hrad above the town of Zvolen, one of the biggest archaeological sites in Slovakia.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until October 1. Admission: Sk20. Lesnícke a drevárske múzeum (Museum of Wood and Forestry), Nám SNP 31. Tel: 045/5321-886.
EXHIBITION: Metal Inspirations - Fourteen young designers from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia exhibit works of art they created from metal scrap during a workshop.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-15:30 until November 3. Admission: free. US Steel Gallery, USSK Vstupný areál. Tel: 055/6734-250.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol - Slovak organist Bernadetta Šuňavská plays works by JS Bach, Mozart, Dupré and Widor.
Starts: Sept 19 at 18:00. Admission: free. St Jacob Cathedral, St Jacob Square. Tel: 055/6220-763.
|The Vojtech Löffler Museum in Košice presents probably the most significant personality of the Czech post-war abstract scene, graphic artist Vladimír Boudník (1924-1968). The exhibition Between Avant-garde and Underground is the most complex presentation of the artist's graphic works from the 1950s and 1960s compiled to date. The display shows his innovative graphic techniques, as well as experiments in photography. Boudník, nicknamed the Gentle Barbarian, is said to have opened a new chapter in the history of arts. The museum sits at Alžbetina 20. It is open Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 and 18:00 and on Saturday between 13:00 and 17:00 until October 29. For more information, call 055/6223-234.||