Far, Far Away. Three Centuries of Slovaks in Vojvodina

from 8. 12. 2017 to 1. 4. 2018

The Slovak National Museum, in cooperation with the Vojvodina Museum in Novi Sad, has organized an exhibition on the history of the Slovak minority in Serbia entitled Za horami, za dolami. Tri storočia Slovákov vo Vojvodine (Far Far Away. Three Centuries of Slovaks in Vojvodina).  

Following the exhibitions dedicated to Slovaks in Hungary and Romania, the Slovak National Museum is continuing in its systematic research and presentation of the life and culture of Slovaks livings abroad. The goal of the Vojvodina Museum project, which has been ongoing for several years, is to present the main characteristics of Slovaks in this region as a document of their own identity. This multidisciplinary project, complemented by archive materials and artwork, is the result of the work of a team of ethnologists, historians and art historians and presents a wealth of Slovak intellectual and cultural heritage in a wider cultural and historical context and shows the life of the Slovak community in Vojvodina from the times of the arrival of Slovaks from their homeland up to the present. 

The historical section of this exhibition is dedicated to the arrival of Slovaks, the organization of religious life and the development of the school system in the 18th century. The thematic units trace the development of cultural, economic and national institutions, and introduce significant figures of the academic, political, cultural and artistic life of the Slovak community. The political and cultural contacts of Slovaks and Serbs in the territory of present day Vojvodina is another important feature. 

Elements of traditional culture are presented through items from the ethnological collections of the Vojvodina Museum from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Some aspects of the economy, such as the cultivation of hops and hemp, intellectual and traditional practices related to the seasons and life and traditional clothing and home textile production, are presented as examples of the material culture anchored in the context of phenomena essential for the conservation and cultivation of the ethnic and local identity of Slovaks. The exhibition also presents Slovak naïve art from the Gallery of Naïve Art in Kovačica.