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“Dashing Danubiana”

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Ranked #2 of 248 things to do in Bratislava
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the most romatic modern art museums in Europe- the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum- is located less than 20 km south of Bratislava. It was founded by the Dutch collector and patron of the arts Gerard Meulensteen and the Slovak gallerist Vincent Polakovič. Since its opening in 2000, the museum has arranged numerous exhibitions of leading figures of the Slovak, European and world art scene, including Karel Appel, Sam Francis, Miroslav Cipár, Markus Prachensky, Ilona Keserü Ilona, Rudolf Sikora, Martín Chirino, Vladimír Popovič and other artists. The museum has attracted thousands of Slovak and foreign visitors as well as royal visits and leading political, social and above all cultural figures. Its unique location bordering on three countries, and sensitive integration with the surrounding nature and the River Danube provide visitors extraordinary views of exhibited artworks and of the flora and fauna unique to the peninsula of art in every season of the year. The adjoining sculpture park features the Works of a number of artists, among them El Lissitzky, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jim Dine, Hans van de Bovenkamp, Jozef Jankovič, Arman, Jean- Claude Farhi, Vladimír Kompánek and Rudolf Uher. A magnificent view of Bratislava and the mighty Danube offer unforgettable experiences at sunset. After the completion of the extension, supported by the Government of the Slovak Republic, the museum is a new symbol of modern Bratislava, recommended by prestigious world guide books and social networking websites. See you by the River Danube, friends!
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Splendid idea, splendid art, where river and art flow gently or wild from west to east,against the conventional

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are an art lover or simply a tourist who would like to see a special place in Bratislava, which not heavily crowded, I recommend to visit Danubiana Gallery. It is situated little out of the city, but it's easily accessible with car or even public transport. There are many interesting exhibitions of contemporary art happening here, but what is most beautiful it's the surrounding of the whole place. The Gallery is situated on a small artificial island in Danube. Around the building on the island are many sculptures so it works as an exterior exhibition space. There is a small caffe inside the Gallery with amazing view on the river. I think the Danube river is the main important element of Bratislava and here you can enjoy it's beauty.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

The best way to get there is by ship from the Passanger Port in the city centre. The journey takes about an hour one way. When you buy return ticket, you have free admission for the entrance to the museum. In the time of writing this article, the scheduled departure from the Port to Danubiana was at 2.p.m. (boarding 1.30p.m.) and return 4.30 p.m. The ship is in operation from the beginning of June till the end of October, on Sat and Sun only. The price is 10 Euros.

2  Thank Roman M
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

The gallery, which is a large central-European art project, is picturesquely situated on a Danube island (unfortunately there is no good spot from which you can take a decent photo without risking illegitimate parking on the nearby dam). It hosts a somehow exotic collection of international 'young' art, which varies from pieces that are really good to those that are decent at best. The most celebrated (and probably belonging to one generation before most of the others) artist present here is Magdalena Abakanowicz, otherwise most of the artists are Slovak (I strongly recommend Hromec and Pollak for instance), but there are also pieces from all over Europe, and also from for instance Canada.

The space around the gallery itself is decorated with sculptures, which adds to their value greatly because most of them certainly look much better in such environment than they would in a confined space.

Generally the gallery is worth a visit, especially for one who likes art (and modern art especially), but the tickets are a bit pricey for what the gallery hosts - not just the value but also the number of pieces of art (6 euro adult, 3 concessions). The gallery has a nice shop, where books on the young Slovak artists can be bought, as well as original paintings and etchings, some of them for moderate prices.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Suprisingly quite enough paintings from famous authors. Park around the building is surrounded by sculptures, which I found even more interesting than paintings.

You can get there by boat from the main dock for 10€ (incl. entrance). It takes 45 minutes there and 90 minutes back.

Thank smejky
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