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Da Vinci exhibition fascinates Bratislava


A wooden bicycle constructed according to Da Vinci's design.
photo: SNM

A RECORD 120,000 people visited the "Leonardo Da Vinci: A Curious Genius" exhibition during its five months at Bratislava Castle. The exhibition now moves on to Zagreb and Barcelona with its 68 pages from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus and modern models constructed according to his diagrams and descriptions, the TASR news wire reported. The exhibition was accompanied by six lectures, six concerts and 14 so-called creative Sundays for children, at which youngsters were encouraged to produce mosaics and small wooden constructions. Visitors also had the opportunity to win a trip to France or a weekend car rental. Leonardo Da Vinci was portrayed in the exhibition not only as an artist and world-famous painter, but as a scientist, architect, engineer and innovator of numerous scientific discoveries and inventions. Bratislava was the fourth stop of the exhibition's European tour, following Innsbruck, Rome and Budapest.



Days of Slovakia in UNESCO


UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and Slovak Ambassador to France Mária Krasnohorská opened the Days of Slovakia in Paris on October 3.

The event took place on the occasion of the fujara, a Slovak folk instrument, along with the music it produces, being included on the list of "oral and intangible human heritage" put together by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The event provided Slovakia with a unique opportunity to present its exceptional intangible cultural heritage. An exhibition on the fujara, other Slovak musical instruments and Slovak music that included almost 200 exhibits from the 14th up to the 20th century was part of the event. The exhibits were mostly from the collections of the Museum of Music at the Slovak National Museum (SNM). The music programme featured folk ensembles from Skalica, Kelčov, Detva and Zámutov.

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