ON 07/08/2022, we received a decision from the Office for Public Procurement authorizing the termination of the public procurement process. Negotiations are currently underway with the winning bidder for the implementation of construction works. We are gradually working towards signing the contract. Subsequently, the Program Administrator will check the contract after signing. We believe that soon we will hand over the construction site and construction work will begin.
The first holiday week at the museum was spent in the spirit of a musical master class led by the exceptional Vienna pianist IRIS MARÍNA WEFERS. Six art school students took part in the master class. The musical virtuoso led the students artistically, motivated, supported the development of skills and technique. Part of the course was preparation for the final concert of young musicians.
The concert took place in the breathtaking concert hall of Dardanelles Summer Palace. The artistic experience, which was provided by the musical virtuoso with the graduates of the course, was enhanced even more by the perfect acoustics of the hall. The concert, including the course, exceeded the expectations of the participants and also the visitors.
We look forward to further artistic experiences from the upcoming year of the course. We believe that this course will become a tradition.
We welcomed the summer with the third year of our successful festival LETOHranie. The festival took place in the beautiful French Park in Markušovce, which includes the Dardanelles Summer Palace and a mansion with museum exhibits. The rich LETOHranie program was aimed primarily at children. The festival was also enjoyed by parents, young people and everyone who likes fun, games, competitions and music. The main program started with a sports competition for the little ones. The performance by the famous Edo Drewo and the forest fairies entitled „living tree “ was a great success, all the children danced 😊. The festival closed with a concert by the famous Adam Ďurica, whose songs were sung by both young and older visitors.
The event had a high attendance and very good feedback from the visitors. We are already looking forward to the next year.
Since we are about to start the reconstruction of the manor, we needed to clean the entire building where we used to store museum collections. A moving company called TRIV came to our aid. Before that day we needed to carefully package and label each single piece of our collections. Our colleagues from Spišská Nová Ves also helped us. We stored there all kinds of collectibles from the Music History Fund and the Art History Fund. Not all collection items from the Art History Fund have been relocated to new depositories. We have made many of them available to the public and are on display in the main manor house. A total of 702 collections were moved from the Music History Fund to another depository space as well as into our offices in the Dardanely summer house. Collections that were not in our possession were returned to museums. 2,061 collection items of various artistic nature were moved and packed from the collection of art history.
On Valentine's Day, we teamed up with our Icelandic partners. They presented us with the first designs of stories, which will be incorporated into the ethnographic exhibition with the help of augmented reality. It was clear that they had been working hard on our materials since the beginning of the year. During the presentation, we watched with astonishment how they managed to empathize with the traditional life and customs of the Spiš region despite living so far. From various texts, film samples and photos depicting the traditions of our ancestors, they created new scenarios that will introduce visitors to everyday life as well as special occasions associated with various holidays throughout the year. This experience has conjured a smile on our faces and it motivates us to move forward and bring this experience to our future visitors from the Spiš region and beyond.
The end of 2021 was held in a pleasant, Christmas atmosphere. However, as the new year began, we rolled up our sleeves again and we are moving a giant step forward. This year will be one of the richest in terms of the project content. We will organize events for the public such as Letohranie, exhibitions of student works and master music courses. We meet at one table (either real or virtual) with our project partners and we give real contours to the planned activities. Together with our Icelandic partner, we have set ourselves an ambitious goal - to prepare the content of augmented reality by the end of this year. There is so much you will be looking forward to!
On Friday, November 26th at 9:30 AM we went through an online opening of the offers for the historical manor house reconstruction contract. Two bids have been submitted and are currently being evaluated. We firmly believe that in the new year we will sign a contract with the successful bidder and who will then be able to take over the construction. We are ready to get our hands dirty!
At the beginning of October, in honor of this year's 70th anniversary of the Spiš Museum, we held a large meeting of all current and former employees of the Spiš Museum. The autumn weather was very good and we were grateful for the opportunity to spend time together in a picturesque French park surrounding the manor house in Markušovce, as well as to get to know each other more and talk about current and future ambitions, including the project Manor House Susanna - An Experience in the Museum. We enjoyed lots of thank-you speeches, good food and various sports and teambuilding activities.
The Spiš Museum in Spišská Nová Ves received an exceptional gift that will significantly enrich the expositions in Markušovce including the Manor House Susanna. Count Pál Máriássy was a descendant of an important aristocratic family in Spiš region and belonged to the branch that was the last to own the manor house in Markušovce. The historical complex is today a National Cultural Monument, which has been managed by the Spiš Museum in Spišská Nová Ves since 1967. Pál's wife, Heidi Máriássy, still lives in Stockholm, Sweden and decided to donate to the museum dozens of objects consisting of portraits of the family members, furniture, as well as personal items of the Count Pál Máriássy, documenting his work, hunting, ornithological research, travel notes and photo albums..
Summer holidays have already started, the weather is great and our employees have prepared a rich program for the upcoming 2 months. We will be organizing outdoor concerts in the beautiful French park as well as the picturesue summer house. We also have prepared different guided tours and other attractions. Have you already visited us?
Before we organized our own opening conference for the project, we had the chance to see a bunch of conferences organized by other cultural institutions from the same EEA Grants programme. We were quite nervous since the other institutions did such a good job! On the other hand, we knew wi did everything we could to assure a smooth process. We invited hundreds of people from our network to join and see what this project is all about. Since the pandemic still persisted, the conference took place online. We are very thankful for having the EEA Grants officials join as well!
We have received the final design of the updated project for the farm building reconstruction project from Ms. Pichova and architectural-artistic solution from the Masar studio. We will need them to prepare the public procurement. Meanwhile we watch the opening conferences of other projects that together with us successfully applied for a grant. We seek inspiration and prepare our own conference. On this occasion, we shoot a breathtaking video, showing the history of the Spiš Museum. In addition, this month Spiš museum celebrates its 70th anniversary. Happy anniversary!
This month we are intensively gathering the documents needed for the initiation of public procurement to reconstruct the farm building. It is a fairly challenging task influenced by a lot of variables. In addition to the completion of the reconstruction of the building and architectural-art solutions, we must also get approval from the Memorial office. Since it is an extensive investment, the Košice self-governing region will also fund it. We are also working with a company specialized for preparing public procurements. We don't want to underestimate anything, so we are going to submit the documents to a voluntary ex ante check performed by the EEA Grants officials.
One of the things from this project that brings us a lot of joy is the cooperation with the Icelandic company Gagarin. Gagarin is an experience design studio with rich experience with interactive exhibitions worldwide. We are honored that people from Gagarin will bring one of their technologies here. It will be an application of augmented reality. This month, we launched an online kick-off meeting between the Spiš Museum and Gagarin. We have to admit we were a bit nervous, but it all disappeared after seeing the cheerful faces of our Icelandic colleagues. We exchanged information about the scope of the project and ways Gagarin could implement their technologies. We already cannot wait to see the results!
The EEA Grants Department from the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic has prepared a series of trainings for us, which will make it easier for us to orientate ourselves in the rules of project management, reporting and compliance with all necessary requirements. We diligently absorb new information. We appreciate the well-prepared and submitted online training, the helpfulness of the staff from the EEA Grants Department, as well as the rich guides for grant recipients, in which we will find the answer to perhaps every question. It's nice to see and get to know other recipients of this funding. Slovakia will revive its cultural life once again!
On January 5th 2021, the project contract was signed by all parties and thus entered into force. We are very happy! We are looking forward to the fact that the project proposal for the reconstruction of a farm building in the Markušovce historical complex, which began to take shape in 2015, has finally fallen on fertile ground and we can work on its implementation. It is a great honor, responsibility and commitment for us to do the best work. The list of tasks is growing! What do we start with?