THE EXHIBITION First Emperor, which opened September 6 at the Danubiana Gallery, is a world premiere. The Bratislava gallery was selected over Shanghai and New York. "The idea to do an exhibition in a place that is situated at the borders of three countries interested me," American photographer Sidney J. Gluck said to the daily SME. The First Emperor is a joint project by Gluck and Slovak painter Peter Pollág that originated during their stay in China. Curated by Edwin Meulensteen, the son of Dutch businessman Gerhard Meulensteen, who financed the gallery's €1.2 million construction, , the exhibition runs from Tuesday to Sunday from 10: 00 to 20:00 (throughout September) and from 10:00 to 18:00 from October until November 28. Admission: Sk30 Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Čunovo Water Works. Tel: 0903/605-505.
photo: Courtesy of Danubiana
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Young Talents Forum - Michal Majerský performs on violin and Simona Stašková on flute.
Starts: Sep 18 at 19:00. Admission: free. Štúdio 12 (Studio 12), Jakubovo nám. 12. Tel: 02/5930-4715.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: 1st Revival Fest - Intrepid (Metallica revival), LC/DC (ac/dc revival), S.F.F.R. (r.a.t.m. revival), Guns 'n' roses revival, Requium (90's) starts the new festival.
Starts: Sep 19 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk100 and Sk120. Dom kultúry Lúky (Lúky House of Culture), Vígľašská 1. Tel: 02/6382-3930.
LIVE PERFORMANCE: Voices from Bergman Land - Male choir from the northern Italian province of Bergamo sings songs from the Bergman Alps.
Starts: Sep 20 at 19:30. Hlavné námestie (Main Square).
FESTIVAL: Esoteric Festival - The 13th annual event, which discusses themes of human existence and the philosophy of being, is enriched by exhibitions, mind exercises, concerts, a traditional tea house, and presentation of firms offering relaxation music, natural cosmetics, aroma-therapy, teas, and esoteric books.
Runs from Sep 20 (9:00-20:30) until Sep 21 (9:00-19:15). Park kultúry a oddychu - PKO (Park of Culture and Leisure), Nábr. L. Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5292-5023. www.pko.sk
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bratislava Trombone Quartet - The four trombonists play works by various classical and international contemporary composers, including John Lennon.
Starts: Sep 21 at 10:30. Tickets: Sk40. Mirbachov palác (Mirbach Palace), Františkánske nám. 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556 (8).
EXHIBITION: 30 Years of the Department of Visual Communication of Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow - The display is an accompanying event to the Trnava Poster Triennial 2003.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-16:00 until September 27. Admission: free. Galéria Médium (Medium Gallery), Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18. Tel: 02/5443-5334.
VLADIMÍR Siváček not only lives in the world of fairy tales and puppets - he rules it. He is the director of the museum situated in the Modrý Kameň Castle, in Slovakia's south-central district of Veľký Krtíš, which collects puppets and toys form all around the world. In 1993, when the future of the castle's museum was threatened, Siváček, a graduate of the Puppet Department at Theatre Academy in Prague, decided to turn it into the Puppet Cultures and Toys Museum, similar to the one they have in the Czech Republic. Ján Fekete came up with the idea to add toys along with the puppets. Siváček remembers the tough beginnings, where there were no exhibits, and no adequate funding. "Today we can say that [founding that museum] was a good decision." They started with collecting toys from the visitors. Today they cooperate with toy producers, who send them new products, and professional puppet theatres and puppeteers, who send them new puppets. "We also asked Slovak embassies [to help us enrich the exposition]. Some ambassadors - for example, from Indonesia, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Poland, and Japan - contacted us back and presented us with toys and puppets. The American ambassador, who came here recently, promised that he will return with his son. With others, like the Indonesian ambassador, we have maintained friendly links, and when his mission [in Slovakia] was nearing its end, he came to see me when I was sick and presented me with a shirt as a symbol of our friendship. He also gave us with a collection of Indonesian puppets superior to others, even in the Czech Republic," the director Siváček said. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00. Admission is Sk20 and Sk40. Zámocká 1, Modrý Kameň. Tel: 047/4870-218. - Jana Kamenská, Nový Pokrok weekly (Velký Krtíš)
photo: Courtesy of Jana Kamenská
LIVE MUSIC: Dulcimer Music from Myjava - The western Slovakia folk band Myjavská Cimbálovka performs songs of the Slovak-Moravian borderland.
Starts: Sep 16 at 19:30. Tickets: Sk200. Spoločenské centrum, Kúpeľný ostrov (Cultural Centre, Spa Island), Piešťany. Tel: 033/7752-146.
EXHIBITION: Trenčín Art Salon - 11th annual presentation of works by various artists from the Trenčín region are on display.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until October 5. Admission: free. Synagóga (Synagogue), Štúrovo námestie, Trenčín. Tel: 032/6525-645.
EXHIBITION: Anekumenia - Works by Slovak contemporary artist Marta Horníková portray the Nitra region.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until October 12. Admission: Sk20. Nitrianska galéria (Nitra Gallery), Župné nám. 3, Nitra. Tel: 037/7721-754.
EXHIBITION: In Captivity of Dreams - Miroslav Knap presents his paintings, drawings, and illustrations.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until November 2. Admission: Sk20. Oravská galéria (Orava Gallery), Hviezdoslavovo nám. 11, Dolný Kubín. Tel: 043/5863-212.
EXHIBITION: In Memory of Professor ... - A collection of butterflies, a life hobby of Andrej Reiprich.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 9:00-13:00 until September 30. Admission: Sk30. Východoslovenské múzeum (Museum of Eastern Slovakia), Hviezdoslavova 3, Košice. Tel: 055/6220-309.
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