Temporary exhibitions and other events
The permanent exhibition called “The Story of the Roma” will introduce you to the history of the Roma people. It will guide you from the times of their ancestors in the ancient India through the arrival of the Roma in Europe in the 11th century over to the events of the Second World War and present days.
Andrej Pešta: Mire Sveti / World’s of Andrej Pešta – PROLONGED!
March 23, 2018 – March 10, 2019
The exhibition Mire sveti presents a curated selection of photos from Andrej Pešta’s legacy. Andrej Pešta (1921-2009) was a prominent, yet, at present nearly forgotten figure. His selected photos bring an authentic view of the life of the Roma in Czechoslovakia mainly between the 1960s – 1980s. Visitors have the opportunity to be confronted with a testimony regarding the Roma that is different from what they are used to seeing in Czech and Slovak documentary photography; they are presented a chance view from the inside. In his photos, Pešta captured the reality which surrounded him in the places where he lived, worked and was active (East Slovakia, South Moravia). To us Pešta was, until the 1990s, the only famous Roma photographer in the area of former Czechoslovakia.
An extensive archive of Pešta’s photos is deposited in the Photo Documentation Collection of the Museum of Romani Culture; it consists of the negatives of nearly 1500 images. The Museum of Romani Culture gained the images in 2003 as a gift from the author. Due to the financial support of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., the archive was fully processed in 2016-2017. Tomáš Pospěch, an external curator, was invited to cooperate on the exhibition project and the exhibition’s accompanying publication Andrej Pešta O Fotki.
Images in the exhibition are accompanied by other items from the Museum of Romani Culture Collection. These items document the wide scope of Pešta’s activities, such as his work for the editorial office of the Union Of Gypsies-Roma journal Románo ľil, and his literary and art work. As part of the exhibition’s preparatory work, research was done in the archives, based on which it was possible to complete some of the missing pieces in Pešta’s biography. Contact was established with his family, as well as with his living contemporaries. The curatorial team also visited the places where Pešta lived and worked. And now, you as well have the opportunity to explore the Worlds of Andrej Pešta.
Accompanying program:January 20, 2019 3 pm Exhibition tour and art workshop for visitors with children
February 2, 2019 3 pm Exhibition tour and art workshop for visitors with children
February 28, 2019 6 pm Literary evening with Andrey Pešta
April 3, 2019 3 pm Exhibition tour and art workshop for visitors with children
April 10, 2019 4 pm Guided tour of the exhibition with curators and historian
April 14, 2019 5 pm Opening of the exhibition Lucia Sekerková Bláhová: Women selling hope
March 15 – April 14, 2019 Temporary exhibiton: Lucia Sekerková Bláhová: Women selling hope
The Slovak photographer Lucia Sekerková Bláhová photographed for four years Romanian women from the group of Olachian Romani people, who perform witchcraft and pythoness. On this project she collaborated with ethnologist Ivana Šusterová. From this connection of ethnographic research with the artistic creation, the book “Women Who Say Hope” was published by PositiF in 2018.
March 15, 2019 4 pm Guided tour of the exhibition with artist Lucia Sekerková Bláhová and curator
January 27, 2019 Day of Holocaust Victims’ Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity