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SLOVAKIA IN THE 20TH CENTURY

How Did We Live?

Bratislava is hosting another exhibition with a question mark in its title. Following the photo exhibit “Lost Time?” at the Slovak National Gallery, the Slovak National Museum (SNM) has prepared an exhibition to map the development of Slovakia during the previous century.

A classroom from the 1918-1938 era.(Source: Courtesy SNM)

Bratislava is hosting another exhibition with a question mark in its title. Following the photo exhibit “Lost Time?” at the Slovak National Gallery, the Slovak National Museum (SNM) has prepared an exhibition to map the development of Slovakia during the previous century.

Documenting the 20th century has proven challenging for historians, museum curators, ethnologists, and other experts as it saw some of the most dynamic changes in the history of mankind.

The organizers of this latest exhibit did not aim to interpret the previous century or to chronicle it precisely, but rather to show visitors how our ancestors used to live. The exhibition displays items that were in every-day use so that visitors can feel the “spirit of the times“ and form their own opinion on how we lived over the past 100 years.

Political and social events divide the exhibition into its seven parts and form its main axis.

In total, there are 2,000 exhibits and a rich trove audio-visual material. Visitors will find a foxhole from World War I, a school classroom from the reign of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, as well as a bedroom from the normalization period of the 1970s, when life in Czechoslovakia returned to “normal” following the upheaval of the Prague Spring in 1968.

The exhibition is accompanied by a rich program of discussions, film screenings, concerts and special events for students.

The display last until the end of October 2008.

Slovak National Museum

Vajanského nábrežie 2, Bratislava

Open daily (including Mondays)

from 9:00 to 17:00

www.snm.sk, www.20storocie.sk

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