Treasures of Slovakia

September 18, 2021 – March 20, 2022

September 18, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Petrik Gallery

Experience the rich history and culture of Slovakia going back more than 500 years. Treasures of Slovakia was curated by the National Museum in Bratislava. It contains over 120 rare and significant artworks and artifacts; many which have never left Slovakia before.

The exhibition starts in the 16th century, when present day Slovakia was under the rule of the Kingdom of Hungary. A quirky clock is painted to depict the Siege of Szigetvár in 1566, which was a pivotal battle in the conflicts between the Hungarian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.

Moving through time, life under the Austro-Hungarian Empire is presented through art, an 1848 flag, and carved pipes. The tumultuous 20th century is represented with such artifacts as Tomas Masaryk’s suitcase, Alexander Dubcek’s eyeglasses, and posters from the Communist era. Slovak technology is celebrated with rare examples of a Tesla radio and television set.

Slovakia’s impressive folk art is also included in the exhibit, including folk dress, folk jewelry, embellished leather goods, and carved wooden implements. Metalwork was an important craft in Slovakia, and the exhibition includes an unusual metal mousetrap and a charming basket made from metal wire woven and twisted in a complicated pattern.

The exhibition is rounded out with examples of artwork by Slovakia’s finest, including Martin Benka, Albín Brunovský, and Ernest Zmeták.

Sponsored locally in part by BetterLife and Iowa Arts Council/Department of Cultural Affairs.

4 Comments. Leave new

  • Elizabeth Kirsch
    January 21, 2022 12:52 PM

    Are there any books or pamphlets available for purchase showing items in this exhibit? Will this exhibit be traveling to any other US cities?

  • Hi Elizabeth,
    Unfortunately, we don’t have any exhibit-specific publications for “Treasures of Slovakia.” At this time, there are no other plans for the exhibit to travel in the U.S.
    Thank you,
    – NCSML Staff

  • Mary Jo Clark
    March 13, 2022 11:32 AM

    I am wondering if you have an online access to the show?

    • Hello,
      At this moment we don’t, but we are working on creating a documentary of the exhibit for future presentation.


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