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Italian and Pakistani Bust Donations add to the "Nuclear Art" Collection of the IAEA

Italian Permanent Representative to the IAEA Maria Assunta Accili Sabbatini and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the unveiling of the bust of Enrico Fermi in the IAEA headquarters. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Busts of famous nuclear scientists donated by Italy and Pakistan last week are the latest in a series of art donations received by the IAEA on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. These donations often highlight individual scientists for their outstanding contributions. 

Italy honoured Enrico Fermi, who is often seen as an architect of the nuclear age, contributing valuable expertise to the construction of the world’s first nuclear reactor. Pakistan donated a bust of theoretical physicist Abdus Salam, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979 for his work in electroweak force. 

Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the IAEA Ayesha Riyaz and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the unveiling of the bust of  Abdus Salam in the IAEA headquarters. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

These donations are a part of a larger trend of artistic pieces that have been gifted to the IAEA over the years, including for its 60th anniversary, and are on display in various parts of the Vienna International Centre. For example, there is the bust of famed scientist Marie Curie-Skodolowska, a joint donation from Poland and France, and India’s Homi J. Bhabha who founded India’s Atomic Energy Commission.  In 2003, the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech with a bust of the late President. 

Over the past six decades, the IAEA has received over 580 art gifts to honour the work and dedication of the Agency to the promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear technology across the world.  These gifts have ranged from ceremonial plaques from France and Japan, an oil painting from Nigeria, to several other unique items. 

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Last update: 2 October 2017