The Homeland Museum in Galanta and the Nitra Gallery in Nitra received the award for year 2014 from the state secretary at the Culture Ministry, Ivan Sečík.
Ministry also bestowed the Andrej Kmeť Award to five experts in administration of museums and galleries: in memoriam to ethnology and museums expert Igor Krištek, curator and expert on art theory and history Zora Rusinová, Milan Rybecký of the Museum of Nature of the Slovak national Museum, regional historian, museum expert and publicist, founder of the Tatra National Park (TANAP) Museum in Tatranská Lomnica, Ivan Bohuš Senior; and art historian, expert on graphic art and illustration, Katarína Závadová.
The Andrej Kmeť Award strives to appraise expert, scientific administration work aimed at developing, protecting and saving the cultural heritage and for long-time professional efforts.
Jozef Keppert of the Galanta Museum commented that the prize is the evaluation of 4ť years of their work – and also of the efforts of their predecessors who paved the way for the current Homeland Museum. Renáta Nitzová, head of the awarded Nitra Gallery, added that the fact that expert public noticed and appraised her 1ľ years of work was sort of acknowledgement and approval of the way she and her colleagues chose.
“The importance of these awards lies most of all in our interest in appreciating the work of more than 5,000 people who work for more than 130 Slovak museums and galleries,” Sečík said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “They are doing a meritable work, saving, creating and making available the national cultural heritage which is the source of knowledge concerning the cultural value, and mainly national pride for what our ancestors have achieved.”
29. Jun 2015 at 6:01 | Compiled by Spectator staff