Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Of Diplomatic Heritage and Panography

Czech Daily Monitor: "Senate opens gifts gallery"

The Czech Senate has opened a part of its underground area under the Valdstejnsky Palace as it transformed it into the Trcka gallery with a permanent exhibition of the gifts to and by senators (...) The cellar rooms with the original floor made of stones and bricks include commemorative plaques, ornamented vases and china from tens of countries such as the far-away Philippines. (...)

Visitors will be attracted by an icon from Georgian Patriarch Ilya II made of tiny stones of various colours, daggers from Yemen and a silver bust of Mother Theresa by chairwoman of Albanian parliament Jozefina Topalli.

The biggest exhibits are the Kazakh and South African national costumes that filled the showcase in the entry room. (...) Along with putting the gifts on display, the gallery will also serve for the projection of documentary films from 1918, 1938, 1948 and 1968, all significant years in the country's history. (...) >>>

- Caption: Wallenstein Palace in a remarkable panograph by CorBas -

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