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Slovak National Gallery (part-)opens new premises

After a long and arduous reconstruction the new Slovak National Gallery (SNG) in Bratislava is to be opened

The new premises will be open to the public on Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. On this occassion, you can enjoy an all-day-long programme until 8 p.m., two launching exhibitions, a special project of artworks converging with architecture and an unique experience of the unrepeatable newness that we have all been waiting for for a long time.


The exhibition ‘Prologue. 12 Colours of Reality’ will guide you through the new building for the first time. In twelve thematic exhibition situations, you will see works of old, modern and contemporary art from SNG collections in mutual dialogues and more or less surprising relationships.

Another novelty will be the interactive exhibition ‘Take p(art)!’, in which we will answer the most common questions of the audience related to art.

The last layer will be the exhibition of the ‘Art in the Public Space’ building itself. Its various corners were complemented with art in the spirit of old palace traditions. While walking through the gallery, you have a chance to be surprised, amazed and make sure that art and architecture fit together wonderfully.

During the Sunday opening day, a pop-up café, Ex Libris bookstore in SNG with its own merch and catalogues, photo wall and a map of the area will be at your disposal free of charge.



10 a.m. | Welcome! Opening of the gates

10 a.m. to 6 p.m | Creative Expedition: Adventure with Ester N
Discover the new SNG building with the entire family! Through the story of the twelve-year-old heroine of the book Where is Esther N?, you will explore various places – even those you do not usually get to see. You will notice interesting details, nooks, crannies, and views, and enjoy new spaces for creative assignments. Embark on an adventure with a map of the gallery!

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Screening: Gallery on Screen
Get to know the SNG through archival audio-visual documents and videos! We are screening all day in the cinema

11 a.m. | Dialogue: Take p(art)!
Does art always have to be beautiful? Who is the artist? Do works of art need titles? If you are puzzling over similar questions, join a dialogue with gallery educator Barbora Tribulová. She will introduce the guide to the exhibition Take p(art)! and the book of the same name, through which you can discover the basic principles of visual art

1 p.m. | Walk: Art in Architecture I – Applied Art
Interpretation by curator Viera Kleinová of selected works of applied art that have become elements of the architecture of the new SNG as part of the Art in the Public Space project

2 p.m. | Presentation of an Architectural Guide: White and Red
Join us in bringing to life a new publication – a guide that will take you through the reconstructed grounds of the SNG. Stories and interesting facts will be presented by the editor and co-author of the text, curator Eva Kotláriková

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Workshop: Sketch, Draw, Create
Experience the atmosphere of an architectural studio – design, draw, and create a model of a building in this hands-on workshop for families with children

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Lecture: Project Gallery
Lecture in the cinema by Pavol Paňák and Martin Kusý (BKPŠ Architects), authors of the SNG reconstruction project

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | DJ Set Palo Čejka
Rock Yourself and the New SNG during a 3-hour Set

6 p.m. | Walk: Art in Architecture II – Sculpture
Interpretation by curator Vladimíra Büngerová of selected sculptural works that have become elements of the architecture of the new SNG as part of the Art in the Public Space project

7 p.m. | Dance Performance: Complementarity
The iconic Bridge will come to life in a dance performance to the exhibited work by Stano Filko RETROOQS.F. 12 Colours of Reality (choreography: Petra Fornayová)

8 p.m. | Thank You! Closing of the gates

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