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THE SLOVAK National Gallery (SNG) in Bratislava displays 97 drawings and three albums in an original Baroque arrangement from a collection of the Scientific Library in Olomouc, the Czech Republic, as part of the One Hundred 17th Century Italian Drawings exhibition. The collection presents in particular works from the second half of the 17th century, with the oldest drawings dating back to the end of the 16th century. In view of subject matter, the core of the collection on display lies in the studies of figural compositions, copies of ancient sculptures popular during that period, as well as copies - 'ricordi' of Renaissance artworks by Michelangelo and Raphael. The painters Agostino Ciampelli, Jacopo Confortini, Paolo Pagani and many other exponents represent several Italian regions, though the major art centres of Rome, Florence and Venice prevail. The collection shows the prevalence of studies that give contemporary audiences real insight into the spontaneous creative processes of 17th century Italian artists. The collection also demonstrates the specific cultural phenomenon of collecting religious art, which held a significance that reached beyond regions. The exhibition in Esterházy Palace at Námestie Ľ. Štúra is opened daily except Monday from 10:00 to 17:30 until June 24. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information, call 02/5443-2081 or visit www.sng.sk.


Cham-ber Days of J.N. Hummel - The second edition of the international festival introduces prominent Slovak interpreters, talented students, and the laureate of the F. Liszt and B. Bartók International Piano Competition 2006 in Budapest.
Runs: May 10, 11, 17, 24, and 31. Admission: Sk40, Sk80. Glass Hall in the Primate Palace, Primaciálne Square, Zichy Palace, Ventúrska Street, Native House of J.N. Hummel, Klobučniká Street. Tel: 02/5557-1305. www.hummel-festival.sk.

Slavonix - The Slavonix band mixes the two strongest Slovak musical styles, pop and orthodox folklore. Young and older generation of singers, actors, dancers, and the phenomenal Zlaté husle of Martin Sleziak join together to sing tunes such as Keby som bol vtákom; Ej padá, padá rosenka; Hore brehy voda beží; Vretienko mi padá; Keď mi prišla karta narukovať; A ja tak čarná; Na košickej turni, i.e. songs everyone knows by heart and that have already became part of the national heritage.
Starts: May 9, 20:00. Admission: Sk299-Sk2,100, Sibamac Aréna NTC, Príkopova Street. Tel: 0918/546-564. www.svanonix.sk.

Concert of Blue Button - Slovak musicians Tina, Zuzana Smatanová, Zdenka Predná, Ivan Štroffek, Tomáš Bezdeda and AYA, Fredy's dance group, dance group SPIN, and Marián Čekovský put on a benefit concert to support orphans in Uganda.
Starts: May 10, 19:00. Admission: free. Hlavné námestie (Main Square, in front of the Old City Hall). Tel: 02/5296-5082.

The Evening of Authentic Folklore - Folk dance and music ensembles Kýčera and Kalo-Parno introduce the region of Čierny Balog. A tasting of local delicacies concludes the evening.
Starts: May 11, 19:00. Admission: Sk180. Dom Kultúry (House of Culture) Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

Zucchero - Italian singer Adelmo Fornaciari, who goes under the artistic name Zucchero (Sugar) and is probably best known internationally for his hit song Senza una donna (Without a woman), performs.
Starts: May 11, 20:00. Admission: Sk599, Sk999. Sibamac Aréna NTC, Príkopova Street. Tel: 02/5293-3323.

The Moyzes Quartet - The prominent string ensemble performs.
Starts: May 11, 18:00. Admission: Sk40. Synagogue, Pri Synagóge. Tel: 037/161-86.

Dolná Krupá
Piano Concert - Peter Minárik plays works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, and Franz Liszt.
Starts: May 13, 16:00. Admission: Sk40. Manor House Dolná Krupá, a place often visited by Beethoven himself. Tel: 033/5577-260.


Liptovský Mikuláš
Arabella Plouviez - The photographer presents her works in two cycles. The Deviant Women series comments on the stereotypes of female deviance in contemporary mainstream representations. In the second series, Naristan, she depcits what a country of women would be like, i.e. without violence, with health, beauty, etc.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until June 17. Admission: Sk20. Galéria PM Bohúňa (PM Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3. Tel: 0 44/5514-032.


Opera Concert - Italian tenor Alessandro Luciano and soprano Camilla Corsi, accompanied by Slovak piano player Júlia Grejtáková, sing arias to celebration the Day of Košice.
Starts: May 6, 19:00. Admission: free. The Historical Town Hall, Hlavná 59. Tel: 6258-888.

Forget Your Fear - In his project, photographer Pavol M. Smejkal uses the aesthetics and philosophy of street, and partly also promotion, to touch on fears people have been carrying with them from the deep past.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until June 3. The Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Tel: 055/6223-073.

photo: SITA

THE SLOVAK Technical Museum in Košice in cooperation with the General Consulate of Ukraine in Prešov organizes Chernobyl - 21st Anniversary, an exhibition marking twenty-one years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986. The photo exhibition is open between Tuesday and Friday from 8:00 to 17:00, Saturday from 9:00-14:00 and on Sunday from 12:00 and 17:00 until May 10. The museum is located at Hlavná 88. Tickets cost Sk40 for the whole display. For more information, call 055/7260-625.

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