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Špirko's flowers in Washington


SLOVAK PHOTOGRAPHER Ľubo Špirko opened an exhibition entitled Flowers on February 8 that shows large photos of flowers decorating the Slovak Embassy in Washington, DC. Špirko believes the pictures bring peace to any living or work environment.

The exhibit and project have received praise from members of the diplomatic corps, as well Slovak expats, artistic institutions and representatives from the worlds of design and architecture. It will run in the Koloman Sokol Gallery until the end of May 2007.



Village wants wooden church back


Wooden churches are often called "Carpathian wooden pearls".
photo: Jana Liptáková

MAYOR Mikuláš Juščík of the eastern Slovak village of Habura, near Medzilaborce, is demanding a town in the Czech Republic return a wooden church it was sold centuries ago to its original place at the confluence of the Kamianka and Ripianka.

The issue began in 1510, when the wooden tserkva, as Eastern Orthodox churches in this region are called, was built in Habura and dedicated to St Nicholaus. By 1759 the village had moved after a great fire, so it sold the church to the neighbouring village of Malá Poľana, which needed one at the time. Malá Poľana eventually outgrew it, so it was sold again, together with its preserved iconostas, to the Czech town of Hradec Králové in

Wooden churches in eastern Slovakia aspire to be on the UNESCO Heritage List .
photo: Jana Liptáková

1935, where it has served its purpose in Jiráskove sady until today.

Juščík is hopeful his efforts to retrieve the village's sacred monument will be successful, but has proposed building a copy of the church, just in case. Sponsors have already committed Sk2 million to the plan.



Tatra Gallery exhibits in Lisbon


THE TATRA GALLERY in Poprad is displaying paintings from its collection at the Galeria Municipal de Sintra in Lisbon as part of the Tatras in Visual Arts from the 19th Century to Today exhibit, which is promoting the gallery and its artists devoted to depicting the Tatras. It ends on February 25.

"We've offered visitors the chance to see what different styles artists chose to illustrate the Tatras," Tatra Gallery director Anna Ondrušeková said.

Among the almost 40 works by 20 artists is a naive-realist piece by little-known artist Ľudovít Libay; a painting by Rudolf Alt, which is one of the oldest works exhibited; Ferdinand Katona's style of cultivated realism; Ján Hála's raucous Slovak realism; and Juraj Krutek's impressionist depiction of Slovakia's most famous mountain range. The exhibition also includes works by the most important Slovak visual arts figures of the 20th century, such as Ľudovít Križan, Janko Alexy, Gustáv Mallý, and Jozef Kollár.

The gallery's collection has 600 works about the Tatras, which is an exceptional number on one topic in European culture.

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