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The exhibition Homage to Ester Šimerová-Martinčeková displays the latest works from the "first lady of the Slovak visual arts". The artist, who died last summer at the age of 96, enjoyed a special place on the Slovak art scene. A student of prominent avant-garde artists such as Fernand Léger and Alexandra Exter, Šimerová-Martinčeková ranked among the pioneers of Slovak modern visual art, along with Mikuláš Galanda and Ľudovít Fulla. Her works include still lives, landscapes, natural motifs as well as figural compositions. The exhibition takes place in the Bratislava City Gallery's Mirbach Palace at Františkánske námestie 11. Tickets cost Sk60. The display is open daily except Mondays between 11:00 and 18:00 until January 29. For more information call 02/5443-1556.
photo: Bratislava City Gallery


Eva Urbanová and Guests - The Czech opera diva holds a Christmas concert with Daniel Hůlka and Tereza Mátlová.
Starts: Dec 13 at 19:00. Admission: Sk680-Sk1,000. Incheba Expo arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7.
Tel: 02/6727-3031.

20 Years of Bez Ladu a Skladu - The cult alternative band, whose founders include current STV director Richard Rybníček and organizer of the Pohoda music festival Michal Kaščák, gets together 20 years after its debut concert.
Starts: Dec 13 at 19:00. Admission: Sk199. Elam club, Staré Grunty 53. 02/6542-6304.

Klezmer Meets Gospel - Pressburger Klezmer Band and Atlanta give a Christmas concert within the What Joins Us cycle.
Starts: Dec 15 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. Za zrkadlom Club, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Miki Škuta Trio - Pianist Miki Škuta, bass guitarist Oskar Rózsa and drummer Martin Valihora play within the Bratislava Jazz Club programme.
Starts: Dec 18 at 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Astorka, Námestie SNP 33. Tel: 02/5443-2093.

Napoleon in Caricature - The display presents caricatures from the 19th century on of one of the most hated as well as loved figures of French history.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 until January 8. Admission: Sk50. Bratislava City Museum, Primaciálne námestie 3. Tel: 02/5920-5111.

Slovak Baroque Christmas - Musica Aeterna ensemble, which specializes in baroque and classical works, performs.
Starts: Dec 18 at 19:00. Admission: free. Piaristický kostol sv. Františka Xaverského (Piaristic church), Mierové námestie. Tel: 032/7435-193.


Diabolské Husle Berkyho-Mrenicu - Folk music ensemble Diabolské husle (Devilish Violin) performs a Christmas concert.
Starts: Dec 13 at 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Mestské divadlo (City Theatre), Horný val 3.Tel: 041/5623-802.

Peter Michalica - Prominent Slovak violinist plays a pre-Christmas concert.
Starts: Dec 15 at 17:30. Admission: Sk100. Ľudovít Fulla Gallery, D Makovického 1. Tel: 044/4324-867.

LiptovskÝ Mikuláš
Christmas with Ďumbier - Folk ensemble Ďumbier sings, dances and performs Christmas customs.
Starts: Dec 16 at 17:00. Admission: free. Dom kultúry (The House of Culture), Hollého 4. Tel: 044/5564-014.

Carols from under the Gate - Chilren's Múzy ensemble sings carols and recites Christmas and New Year wishes.
Runs: Dec 12-15 at 15:00. Admission: free. Radničné námestie. Tel: 054/161-86.

The oldest painting in Rožňava, Metercia, dating back to 1513 was examined using X-ray technology. The local Mining Museum now displays its results. Metercia depicts a holy theme with Jesus and St Anna, but the backgrounds give a valuable picture of mining and the everyday life of common people in the region at that time. It is a classical altar picture painted in the late gothic style. The original hangs in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Rožňava. The Mining Museum exhibits its copy of the painting with texts accompanying the examination process display. The painter remains unidentified. The picture bears the initials Master LA, but examinations in 1987 proved that these are more recent than the painting itself. Miners commissioned the painting in tribute to their patron, St Anna. The Mining Museum's Gallery of Fine Arts is situated at Námestie baníkov 25, Rožňava. The display is open Mon-Fri 8:00-16:30 and on Saturdays between 8:00-13:00 until December 22. Tickets cost Sk10. For more information call 058/ 7343-710.

photo: PGU

The Ján Koniarek Gallery (GJK) in Trnava and Považská Galéria Umenia (PGU) in Žilina celebrate their 30th anniversaries next year. To mark this event the Trnava gallery hosts two exhibitions from collections from the Žilina gallery. All the works come from the second half of the 20th century. The Time-space Sculpture exhibition in the Koppel House at Zelený kríček 3 features sculptures by prominent Slovak artists such as Juraj Bartusz, Jozef Jankovič, Vladimír Kompánek, Andrej Rudavský and Rudolf Uher. It connects the art of the late 20th century with that of Ján Koniarek, the founder of modern Slovak sculpture, who lived and worked in the first half of the 20th century. The second display takes place at the Trnava Synagogue - Centre of Contemporary Art at Halenárska. Entitled PGU Sampler it showcases works from the 1980s and the 1990s created in new media by artists such as Pavlína Fichta Čierna, Július Koller, Denisa Lehocká, Peter Meluzin, Karol Pichler, Peter Rónai, Tomáš Ruller, Rudolf Sikora and Jana Želibská. The exhibitions are open Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 14:00-18:00 (the Synagogue is closed between 12:00 and 13:00) until January 15. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information call 033/5514-657.

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