Nitra Gallery was founded in 1965 and is located in the building of the former County Hall which you cannot miss on your way to the Nitra Castle in the city of Nitra, Slovakia - an hour's drive from the capital Slovakia. The main focus of the gallery is to collect and present visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. There are no permanent expositions of its collections (that contain more than 5000 artworks), but its five exhibition venues have a lot to offer to everyone: a playful kid, a spirited youngster or a conservative senior.
The Representative Halls showcase important national and international projects, curatorial research and also individual exhibitions of established local and foreign artists. The Salon hosts smaller individual presentations and exhibitions of design and applied art. In 2001 The Youth Gallery resumed its unique role it was given back in 1980. It is a sanctuary for young, rising authors, students and fresh art university graduates. The Bunker is a place for alternative art, located in a former underground civil defence fallout shelter. It has been the location for experimental visual, dramatic and musical artistic expressions since 2008. Most of the projects are usually designed specifically for this unusual space. The Colourful Gallery was created in 2010 and it is a place for educational-artistic activities which gives children and young people a chance to show their work at a renowned gallery institution.
Besides exhibitions, Nitra Gallery offers a wide range of cultural and educational activities: classical and contemporary music performances (held in a beautifully restored Concert Hall located directly at the County Hall), public discussions with renowned Slovak authors, talks with artists and curators, lectures by respected art theoreticians, commented exhibition tours and creative workshops for children, students and adults.
An important part of the gallery’s work is also publishing exhibition catalogues, guides and anthologies of lectures on current fine art.
The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic has awarded the gallery twice with the title “The Gallery of the Year” (for the years 2014 and 2017) for its outstanding long-term performance and the large number of activities it offers its visitors of all age groups.