Slovak National Museum in Martin, Martin Benka Museum

Slovenské národné múzeum v Martine, Múzeum Martina Benku
Contact: Anna Oláhová (f) Manager
Kuzmányho 34, 036 01 Martin, Slovakia
421 (0) 43 413 1390
421(0) 43 422 0290
9am-4pm Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, closed Sun-Mon

Martin Benka Museum is situated in Martin Benka House, which was built in the late 1950s for the needs of national artist Martin Benka (1888-1971), one of the most significant personalities of the founding generation of Slovak creative modern art of the first half of the 20th century; the artist took up residence here in 1959. In 1960, on the basis of a deed of gift, he handed over a share of his work to the state (5,200 works of varying format and creative technique) and partially opened his studio and a small picture gallery. The house was opened to the public as a museum following his death in September 1972. The authentically-conserved interior of the museum, respecting the last will of Martin Benka, brings to the public the work of this versatile artist, who focused primarily on painting and illustration.