The Warhol Family Museum of Modern Art
Although American artist Andy Warhol rarely admitted it, even saying once in an interview that he "came from nowhere," his family hailed from eastern Slovakia, emigrating in the early 20th century to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Warhol was born in 1928.
That in itself would not be remarkable were it not for a highly unusual museum in the town of Medzilaborce, in the far eastern region of Slovakia, that Warhol's family has established in the artist's memory. The Warhol Family Museum of Modern Art (tel. 057/748-0072; www.region.sk/warhol) holds around two dozen of Warhol's original prints, including two of the famous Campbell's soup collection and a well-known portrait of former Soviet leader V.I. Lenin.
The museum alone is probably not worth a trip to this remote village on the Polish border, about 2 hours drive from Kosice. Nevertheless, if your travels take you in this direction, perhaps on the way to southeastern Poland, a stop here is highly recommended -- if only to see the stark contrast of Warhol's splashy prints and the relatively simple surroundings of his ancestral home.
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