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Fresh art earned over Sk1 million


THE CENTRE for Contemporary Art Foundation, in cooperation with Sotheby's Austria, auctioned contemporary Slovak art for Sk1,098,000 (€28,200) on October 20 at Bratislava's Design Factory. Forty percent of the yield went to support young Slovak artists.

The auction sold 39 works by 33 artists, approximately half of what was on offer. Partitúra z katalógu (Score from Catalogue), by Peter Kalmus, fetched the highest price. The offer included works from renowned artists such as Rudolf Fila, Rudolf Sikora and Vladimír Popovič as well as from the younger generation, such as this year's winner of the Oskar Čepan Prize, Ján Vasiľko. Painting dominated the sale, but glass and video works were also on offer.



Pianist Rikkon goes to Carnegie Hall


RICHARD Rikkon, famous for accompanying the semi-finalists on Slovakia's SuperStar programme, will perform at New York's Carnegie Hall in November.

In a 20-minute block Rikkon will perform his own arrangements of Liszt and Horowitz, and compositions from his debut album Čarovný klavír (Magic Piano). Apart from his fame in the world of pop, he has played with several renowned ensembles, such as the Orchestra of Radio and Television Paris and the Zürich Symphony Orchestra.



Cellist Lupták tours the world


LEADING Slovak violoncellist Jozef Lupták is currently on a tour of the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Germany, until November 4.

His concert journey started in New York and led him through Memphis, Bolivar and Minneapolis in the USA, and Calgary in Canada. On October 20 he continued to Great Britain, where he was scheduled to perform Duo by Peter Zagar with British musician Robert Cohen. In Kassel in Germany, he will play a solo recital of works by Slovak composers.

Lupták is regularly invited to perform at North American universities and cultural institutions in solo and chamber recitals. He also holds seminars and workshops for students, lecturing on the Slovak music scene. In Memphis, Lupták played Haydn with members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Hodges. Nine hundred students of the SBU University in Bolivar rewarded him with a standing ovation for his improvisations and works by international composers, including Slovak Vladimír Godár.



Žilina exhibits "lost photographs"


Getting a good whiff.
photo: Robo Blaško

THE CULTURE centre Žilina-Záriečie Station opened an exhibition called Lost Project on October 28 by Romanian curator Lia Perjovschi. It shows artistic photographs from Žilina native and Station activist Robo Blaško, who never planned a public presentation, and lasts until November 18.

The curator discovered Blaško on her trip to Žilina, where he was helping to launch a gallery of contemporary art within the Stanica centre. She worked intensively on searching for Blaško's negatives, many of which had to be reconstructed.

Lost Project is the first of a series of exhibitions Perjovschi plans to organize at Žilina-Záriečie Station over the next decade. The curator, who has participated in contemporary art projects in England, Austria and other countries, is famous in Romania for building the largest private archive of contemporary art, which consists of handmade copies of famous works.


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