"Through the eyes of Milan Rastislav Štefánik" - November 8 - 11, 2022 in the Kysucke Museum

Part of the estate of Milan Rastislav Štefánik in the Slovak National Museum in Martin is also a rich collection of negatives. They are images from the countries that M.R. Štefánik visited - Europe, America, Africa, Central Asia, the Pacific. Almost all the journeys he made until the beginning of the First World War were related to his scientific ambitions as an astronomer, and according to Marian Pauer, they were "...journeys to the stars".


However, it would not be Štefánik if he did not also discover a passion for photography, thanks to which we perceive him as a photographer today. Through the medium of photography, he thus allows us to share this part of his perception of the world. The largest part of the collection consists of landscape views, shots from cities, whether busy or remote, he was interested in the everyday life of people from different social classes, he photographed historical monuments and rarely portraits of people. The First World War ended Štefánik's "journey to the stars". Štefánik continued to be involved primarily as a politician, diplomat and soldier and significantly participated in the formation of the emerging Czechoslovak Republic. The photographic exhibition is complemented by a selection of several objects that Štefánik brought back from his travels as exotic souvenirs and gradually decorated the interior of his Parisian apartment with them.

Description of the image attachment
1. Seine flood, Paris, 1910. No. neg. 49598. Photo archive of SNM in Martin.
2. The peak of Mont Blanc, 1905 – 1907.No. neg. 50266. Photo archive of SNM in Martin.

3. Port in the capital Papeete, Tahiti, 1910-1911. No. neg. 50267. Photo archive of SNM in Martin.

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