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Janko Jesenský Museum opens a new temporary installation

During July and August, the Bratislava City Museum opens another of its expositions, the long-closed Janko Jesenský Museum, located in a functionalist villa on the Bratislava Palisades designed by architect Friedrich Weinwurm.

In limited mode, the museum will be open during Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On this occasion, you will also be able to see a temporary installation according to the curatorial concept of Daniel Hupko, which will present one of the traditional expositions of the museum from a new perspective. During the summer, the museum is also planning several accompanying events.

Jakub Sonnenfeld’s villa is the place of the last residence of Janko Jesenský in Bratislava, which served as a museum exhibition in the years 1950 – 2015. Gradual re-opening of the building to the public looks at the apartment in a new way – it presents it as part of the villa, which is the work of architect Friedrich Weinwurm, and at the same time as an authentic proof of upper middle-class housing in the interwar period, to which Janko Jesenský as a high state official, but also a well-known writer and intellectual belonged.

Apartment villa commissioned by Jakub Sonnenfeld in 1924 is considered to be the first building designed by the architect Fridrich Weinwurm that features all the principles of his creativity – functional interior layout based on rectangular schema leading to a spacious terrace and reflected in a compact building with simple façades without any decoration. The apartment on the villa’s first floor was occupied by the couple Janko Jesenský and Anna Jesenská. Upon the death of Janko Jesenský, the first literary museum in Slovakia was established in their flat.

The opening ceremony of the Janko Jesenský Museum, which will take place on July 7 at 5:30 p.m., will also include a curatorial interpretation of the life of Anna and Janko Jesenský, who moved into the villa in the early 1930s.

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