Hall of fame? A newly opened exhibit presents bronze busts of all and sundry in the government.
The exhibition displays busts of current members of the Slovak government, members of parliament, journalists of the pro-government daily newspaper Slovenská Republika, clerks of Ministry of Culture. Some busts are made from bronze, some of plaster, perhaps in relation to the importance of the figures captured. Only PremierVladimír Mečiar is missing.
The sculptures do not appear to have been well received by the discriminating public. "Who has nothing in his head, deserves to have something in a bust," one comment in the visitor's book reads. "Great comedy," says another. "Gentleman, this is very poor and quite ridiculous," "'I'm glad to have seen this with my own eyes, the only thing missing is the Big Him," "This can't be true."
The National Education Centre was formerly known as the House of Culture, a place holding great exhibitions of Slovak and foreign artists in the past, but nowadays hosting an exhibition of busts representing the so-called "Founders of Slovakia" in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Slovak Republic.
The National Education Centre is now under the wing of the Ministry of Culture, said the Centre's secretary, Eva Pernecká. "The National Education Centre holds exhibitions as a service to the Ministry of Culture," she said, adding that the Centre was not allowed to refuse a booking that came from the Ministry. "Everything is arranged by them," she said.
But anyone who wants to buy a poster or get some information about the little-known sculptors and their art is out of luck. The Centre offers neither posters nor catalogues, just the information that the exhibition was organised as a "last moment" event, one month before elections.
21. Sep 1998 at 0:00 | Soňa Bellušová