THE BRATISLAVA City Gallery has prepared an untraditional exhibition of art works from private collections called The Passion of Collectors. The display, subtitled Slovak Fine Arts 1957-1970, offers masterpieces from the Golden Era of Modernism that were forbidden during the previous totalitarian regime. Many Slovak fine artists from the 1960s collected prestigious awards at world events, but the communists banned all of them from presenting their work during the 1970s. They were also cut off from official contracts. Collectors were the only ones to buy their artwork and provide them with a living. The exhibition presents 92 works. For some, this is their world premiere, as they have never been presented in public before. The list of 39 exhibiting artists includes Andrej Barčík, Rudolf Fila, Jozef Jankovič, Alojz Klimo, Viera Kraicová, Milan Laluha, Rudolf Krivoš, Milan Paštéka, Agneša Sigetová, Rudolf Sikora, and Jana Želibská. The exhibition is open daily except Monday between 11:00 and 18:00 until April 15. The gallery is located in the Mirbach Palace at Františkánske Square 11. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information, call 02/5443-1556 or go to
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Rudolf Krivoš
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Andrej Barčík
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Bach and Buxtehude - The Solamente naturali choir and orchestra performs Bach's Solamente naturali cantatas and works by Dietrich Buxtehude on period instruments.
Starts: Feb 26, 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk100. New Evangelic Church, Legionárska. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

Marián Varga and the Moyzes Quartet - The phenomenal keyboardist completes his tour with the prominent string ensemble Moyzes Quartet across Slovakia.
Starts: Feb 26, 20:00. Admission: Sk299. Divadlo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 10, Tel: 02/6720-2550.

Beautiful Birds - A workshop in English for children under five hosted by painter Sarah Keys.
Runs: Feb 28, March 1, 10:30-11:45. Admission: Sk100. The Slovak National Gallery, Water Barracks, Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Booking necessary at 0907/537-091.

Reggae Party - Let's get together and feel all right at a party featuring ska band Polemic, Ladanybene 27 and DJ Eki.
Starts: Feb 28, 20:00. Admission: Sk170 (in advance), Sk250 (at the door). PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Dies Irae - Sculptor Juraj Meliš displays his new cycles. In Lejdýs and Džentlmen, he identifies the traumas of today. In Dies Irae, he pushes people to think about the value of life and death.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until March 18. Admission: Sk80. Bratislava City Gallery, Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Tel: 02/5443-3627.

Couches for Sigmund Freud Full of Senses - This travelling exhibition presents couches made by Czech, Austrian, Italian and American designers to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's birthday.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until March 8. Admission: free. Satelit, Dobrovičova 3. Tel: 02/5920-3312.

Bánovce nad Bebravou
Mountains, Trips, People - This one-day festival about tourism and travel offers lectures and slideshows and the screening of documentaries by Marko Škop and Pavol Barabáš.
Starts: March 3, 10:00. Admission: Sk60. Mestské Kultúrne Stredisko (The Centre of Culture), Farská 7. Tel: 038/7603-850.


Ours Danced to Yours - The SĽUK dance and music folk ensemble dances at the wedding of a groom from a village and a bride from a town.
Starts: Feb 27, 19:00. Admission: Sk120. The House of Culture, Švermova 7. Tel: 048/6112-108.

Mammoths in Slovakia and The Lost Mammoth World - A life-sized woolly mammoth is the most impressive exhibit of this display exploring the era of the woolly mammoth and findings preserved from the Slovak territory of that period. The display moved to Martin from Bratislava.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until May. Admission: Sk25. Ethnography Museum, Malá Hora 2. Tel: 043/4131-011.


Faust and Margaret - Czech director Zdeněk Troška returned to Košice to direct this production of Gounod's famous opera.
Starts: Feb 27, 19:00. Admission: Sk100-Sk200. State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Tel: 055/6221-231.

Neville Staple Specials - Fans of ska and reggae music can look forward to this special project by Neville Staple, former frontman of the legendary English ska2/tone band The Specials.
Starts: March 1, 20:00. Admission: Sk350. Colosseum club, Dominikánske námestie. Tel: 055/6258-888.

YOUNG Slovak visual artist Milan Prekop exhibits his large anonymous portraits in the display Paintings that was well received when it opened at the Bolek Polívka Theatre in Brno in January. The Bratislava native - who has illustrated books by Tomáš Janovic, Vladimír Klimáček and Ján Buzássy, among others - does not restrict his interest to the visual arts. He is also one of the original organizers of the well-known multimedia summer festival Hodokvas. The exhibition takes place in the Akcent Gallery at Kúpeľná 4 in Nitra until March 8. The gallery is open daily between 10:00 and 19:30. Admission is free. For more information, call 037/6517-604.
photo: Akcent Gallery

photo: Akcent Gallery

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