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Architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinský and Bratislava

The exhibition presents the life and work of the prominent Bratislava architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinský (1891 – 1961)

One of his most important works is the Bratislava Synagogue, built in the years 1923-1924 with elements of traditionalist architecture, cubist style, and modern technologies while respecting Jewish religious requirements. The synagogue is owned and used by the Bratislava Jewish community and is an important listed building of Slovak interwar architecture.

Slatinský designed public buildings, residential buildings, villas, commercial premises, and sanatoriums. He devoted himself to garden architecture, interior design, restored monuments, and designed monuments and tombstones. He was an urban planner and the author of monographs and articles in architectural magazines.

The current exhibition, in two parts, presents different perspectives of Szalatnai’s work in Bratislava. The first is focused on the synagogue building, and the second on other buildings within the city. Visitors will see contemporary architectural magazines, the architect’s monographs, original designs, drawings, unique architectural photographs, and two rare portraits of Szalatnai by Ivan Sors from the architect’s estate. The exhibition is part of the centenary celebrations of the synagogue.

The Jewish Community Museum on Heyduková Street in Bratislava is open every Friday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between June 30 and October 6, 2023, except for September 15, 17, and 24, and October 1, 2023.