does the Czechoslovakian pavilion indisputably become one of the
most popular at Expo 67? The display of centuries of art and heritage,
particularly old paintings and sculptures, is definitely a factor
in its success. Among the masterpieces is the famous nativity scene
from Trebechovice, a wood sculpture comprising several hundred figurines.
It alone makes the visit to the pavilion worthwhile. Some traditions
typical of Czechoslovakia are also presented, such as the manufacture
of fine Bohemian crystal, reputed to be the best. Along with these
treasures from the past and present, the pavilion uses audiovisual
materials in original and innovative ways.
The multimedia presentation Diapolyecran, a three-dimensional
animated mosaic, features 100 display cubes projecting images of
various subjects, such as the creation of the world, and industrial
progress. A film in which visitors tell the story is one of the
most popular. More current and serious issues, such as pollution,
are also featured.
Children love this pavilion. The tales and fables of renowned authors
in the likes of Jean de la Fontaine are presented by puppets in
an enchanting area. The drawings on display in the pavilion and
the fantastic sculptures outside help create an awe-inspiring atmosphere.
The restaurants are an added attraction. For example, Le Château,
with its somewhat salty food, remains a popular choice.