The Ján Cikker Museum is one of the most recent in Slovakia. It came about in 2004 by a decree by the Ján Cikker Foundation. The members of the Ján Cikker Foundation were led to this step by an attempt to preserve the inheritance of Ján Cikker and to spread his creative legacy and work as far as possible.

 

The Slovak music composer Ján Cikker lived in the family house dating from the functionalist period, where the museum currently has its seat, from 1967 up to his death. The house, surrounded by a small garden, was designed in 1947 by the important Slovak architects Eugen Kramár a Štefan Lukačovič. The Cikker family bought it using the financial gift, which formed part of the international G. von Herder Prize. This prize was awarded to Ján Cikker by Vienna University for the humanism and high ethical principles in his work.

 

Mrs Katarína Cikkerová, after the death of her husband, established a foundation bearing the composer’s name. A later testament determined the Ján Cikker Foundation as the only heir of Cikker’s inheritance.

 

After Mrs Cikkerová’s death, the governing body of the foundation decided to use the attractive town house for cultural and museum purposes. This place, as well as its spiritual and cultural value linked to the great composer, also has an uncommon attraction thanks to the unusual contrast between the functionalist building and the rare historical furniture. It makes accessible a very particular counterpoint of the ostentation of past times and the suggestive imprints of the fluid of the environment, lived in under contradictory socialist circumstances by a hard-working and extremely modest composer genius. Since the museum also inherited other targets from the foundation, the sense of preserving this “genius loci” could not be completely and strictly carried out. The ground floor of the building has been through modifications, since the foundation deed binds the museum to be a place not only for classifying the collection and opening Cikker’s legacy to the public, but also a place for holding different types of concerts, lectures, conferences, and also audio-visual activities with the possibility of representative presentations from other institutes. Following the architectonic design by the Tomašák architects, the composer’s living room and dining room have been changed into a small concert or lecture hall. Among the original furnishings of these rooms, there remain the composer’s grand piano, several paintings, and for its own particular beauty, a unique Baroque wardrobe. Only part of the Ján Cikker Museum’s mission consists of museum work; using this attractive space for social events is one of the further activities it wishes to develop.

 

Ján Cikker Museum, Fialkové údolie 2, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia

Tel./fax: (+421) 544 12 555

E-mail: muzeumjcikker@stonline.sk