Michal Milan Harminc, Museum Builder

from 21. 11. 2019 to 31. 5. 2020


In 2019 we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth and the 55th anniversary of the death of Michal Milan Harminc, an important Slovak architect and builder of the first half of the 20th century. He also left a permanent mark on the history of the Slovak National Museum, as the designer and builder of three of its special-purpose buildings in Martin and Bratislava. These buildings are among the breakthrough works of Harminc's building career. Each one represents a different phase of his work and all three are national cultural monuments.

Michal Milan Harminc is rightly considered one of the most extraordinary and productive architects in the greater Central-European space. From 1897 to 1951 he created over 300 buildings in the territory of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and its successor states – Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine and especially Slovakia. He was the builder of the center and the regions, and his work reflects the diversity and specificity of his creative spectrum. On the path of pragmatic eclecticism, he moved from historicism to modernism up to functionalism.