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Exhibitions are held at Esterházy Palace by the river, the SNG’s only gallery space at the moment. This Neo-Renaissance residential house from the 19th century was reconstructed for the Gallery’s needs and was originally designated for short-term exhibitions. At the Berlinka gallery cafe you can attend presentations of the works of contemporary artists, exhibition openings, book launches, film screenings and literary festivals while sipping coffee or enjoying a good meal. The Ex Libris bookshop offers a wide selection of art-history books, quality Slovak fiction, children’s books and sundries.

 

Expositions and exhibitions

Action ZET / Art-historical Undertaking Action ZET / Art-historical Undertaking Esterházyho palác
Exhibition will last 220 days

As of November this year, artist Marcel Mališ will be painting his authorial replica of the lost work in the SNG atrium under a changed title ThanksSeeming of the Czechoslovak People. How precisely he will copy the origin is up to his decision. The gallery will be his "studio" and the picture will develop in front of the public eye. The painting action will become a starting point of a new experimental genre - an art undertaking which reflects our thinking about the status of the national gallery as an educational institution of today; a place of asking questions and looking for answers.

7x7. Seven Liberal Thoughts on the Arts 7x7. Seven Liberal Thoughts on the Arts Esterházyho palác
Exhibition will last 9 days

Project Seven Liberal Thoughts on the Arts, a collective work by curators at the SNG, responds to the flourishing of online culture during the quarantine measures because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even prior to that, the SNG's digital footprint was relatively pronounced, and therefore under the new conditions it came naturally to us to expand our online range.

 
You can't buy a butterfly. Contemporary art donated by Tatra banka You can't buy a butterfly. Contemporary art donated by Tatra banka Esterházyho palác
Exhibition will last 9 days

Live art, in exceptionally diverse media, is in this period harder to lay hold of in museums than ever before. All the more therefore do we appreciate the generous financial gift from Tatra banka, now making it possible to take in live art for the second year running – to “catch the butterfly”. The exhibition presents the newest additions to SNG collections by artists of the middle generation of Slovakia's contemporary art. Erik Binder, Marko Blažo, Marek Kvetan, Denisa Lehocká and Milan Tittel together offer us a varied yet coherent assortment of contemporary art approaches, media, and themes.

In the Shop Display: Tomáš Šoltys In the Shop Display: Tomáš Šoltys Esterházyho palác
Exhibition will last 11 days

At a time when SNG was still chasing novelties and even risked acquiring a diploma project of a promising graduate, a performance Man on the River (2011) by Tomáš Šoltýs (1985) was created. The image of the man, the artist himself, who, as Christ walked, "flowed" on the waves of the Danube, had a nature of an endurance exercise - it was a demanding, life-investing performance. It got noticed not only by the cultural audiences but also by the city's security forces.

 
Do you have a knack for art? – Freedom of Choice. Finalists’ Exhibition Do you have a knack for art? – Freedom of Choice. Finalists’ Exhibition Esterházyho palác
Exhibition will last 4 days

Do you have a knack for art? is an international platform focusing on art education. Every year it organizes a contest for high school students who want to deepen their interest in art and express their opinions on contemporary art and society. The exhibition presents the best projects of this year's competition with the theme Freedom of Choice by teams from all around Slovakia.

Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster Esterházyho palác
Permanent exposition

The mission of the experimental expositions is to present further content along with the collections in a wider cultural context and to provide a space for cultural experiments.

 
The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library Esterházyho palác
Permanent exposition

The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library is a project dedicated to Slovak writer, satirist, art and literary critic, book collector and translator, Kornel Földvári. Preparations started together with Peter Krištúfek, writer and director, who for a long time has searched for a method of preserving Földvári's large collection of books.

The Archives of Juliús Koller The Archives of Juliús Koller Esterházyho palác
Permanent exposition

Our second situational presentation of Július Koller's Archives focuses on several other aspects of his multi-layered creativity.

 
Antimuseum J.K.  - Permanent Exposition of the Collection of Works of Július Koller Antimuseum J.K. - Permanent Exposition of the Collection of Works of Július Koller Antimúzeum Júliusa Kollera
Permanent exposition

Július Koller, the icon of the conceptual art of Central Europe, has the first exposition of his very own. You can find it on Zámočnícka Street No. 13 in Bratislava. The core of the exposition, prepared by the civic association Antimúzeum Júliusa Kollera (Július Koller's Anti-Museum) in cooperation with the Slovak National Gallery, is comprised of a private collection.

   
   

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International Certificate for SNG as Home of 21st Century Education

Educational activities of the Slovak National Gallery are gaining acknowledgement even at international level. SNG as one of the pilot institutions has received a certificate from the organisation Hands On! devoted to the position of children in museum institutions.

 

SNG in the media

News digest: National Gallery prepares for its big move
spectator.sme.sk
28. january 2022
„The Slovak National Gallery (SNG) is gearing up to move into its newly reconstructed premises on the Danube embankment in Bratislava. Construction work is expected to be completed in the summer; the plan is to open the new premises, but without exhibitions, later in the year.“
Paintings as a universal ambassador. A new art mosaic book tells the story of Slovakia
spectator.sme.sk
14. december 2021
„Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok's idea of cultural diplomacy has materialised in a book of visual art from the national gallery's collections.“
   
 

 
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