DUTCH and Flemish paintings from the Golden Age abound in the collections of Slovak museums and galleries, and even castles and manor houses, but have never been exhibited as a whole. The Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava aims to change this with The Flying Dutchmen, an exhibition of 150 paintings and 120 graphic works from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Famous, as well as lesser known paintings, reflecting different styles and contexts are being shown. The exhibition is part of a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth, and shows graphic works from his house in Amsterdam. It also includes masterpieces by artists from Rembrandt's artistic entourage, such as Jan Brueghel, Sr., Anthony van Dyck and Adriaen van Ostade. Some items of everyday use, such as Delft ceramic vases, a pair of binoculars, a model ship and interpretations of old paintings by contemporary artists Vladimír Kordoš and Marián Mudroch, are also being displayed. The exhibition at the SNG Esterházy Palace at Nám Ľ. Štúra is open daily, except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:30 until March 18. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information, call 02/ 5443-2081.
SHOW: Queens of the Night - Czech transvestite group Queens of the Night (Královny Noci) put on a drag show.
Starts: Feb 8, 19:00. Admission: Sk350, Sk400. Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture) Ružinov, Ružinovská 28. Tel: 02/4333-0523.
BALL SEASON: Shrovetide Masked Ball - A ball organized by Bratislava's Petržalka municipality features live music by Senzus and Disko, Tropical, and folk dance and music ensemble Ekonóm. Dancers from the Mafra studio will perform an oriental dance.
Starts: Feb 9, 19:00. Admission: Sk700. Dom Kultúry (House of Culture) Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.
BALL SEASON: Bratislava Ball - Part of this exclusive social event includes the awarding of the Bratislavská čučoriedka (Bratislava blueberry) Prizes, in memory of the great Bratislavan patriot and humorist Július Satinský.
Starts: Feb 10, 19:30. Admission: from Sk2,000. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: Bubnovačka Orchestra - This rhythm orchestra, open to the public, requires neither talent nor an instrument.
Starts: Feb 8, 19:00. Admission: Sk50. Dom Kultúry (House of Culture) Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Tel: 02/6382-3930.
LIVE MUSIC: Marián Varga and the Moyzes Quartet - Extraordinary keyboardist Marián Varga, who turned 60 on January 29, launches his tour with the prominent string ensemble around Slovakia from his native town of Skalica.
Starts: Feb 8, 19:00. Admission: Sk249. Dom kultúry, (The House of Culture), Námestie slobody 10. Tel: 034/6645-341.
FESTIVAL: St. Valentine's Day Weekend at the Castle - Bojnice Castle's special St. Valentine's Day program features guides dressed in period costumes using the castle's paintings to narrate its history.
Runs: Feb 10, 11, and 14, 10:00-16:00. Admission: Sk140 (adults), Sk70 (children). Bojnice Castle. Tel: 046/5431-301.
EXHIBITION: Igor Rudavský - A display of graphic works by the prominent Slovak graphic artist, painter, and illustrator, who died suddenly last year.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 25. Koloman Sokol Centre, Námestie Osloboditeľov 28. Tel: 044/5514-032.
LIVE MUSIC: Talent Stage - Up-and-coming young Slovak bands Kaliyuga and Ravensblue perform.
Starts: Feb 9, 20:00. Admission: Sk30. IC Culture Train culture centre, Vyšné Opátske. Tel: 055/6424-488.
EXHIBITION: Survey - This exhibition commemorating the gallery's 55th anniversary presents a selection from its collection, including masterpieces by Jozef Czauczik and Ladislav Mednyánsky.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 13:00-17:30, Sun 14:00-17:30 until March 4. Admission: Sk20. Východoslovenská Galéria (Eastern Slovak Gallery), Alžbetina 22. Tel: 055/6223-061.
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