“We are one stone, one rock”, Mileva Marić used to frequently say to her husband whose surname in German means “one stone” – Albert Einstein.
This is the same great Albert Einstein, with whom Milena had an out-of-wedlock daughter at the beginning of the 20th century to the horror of her immediate surroundings, but whom he also abandoned later and left with a son suffering from schizophrenia. As a consolation prize or maybe out of guilt, Albert later left Milena all the money he got after he won the Nobel Prize.
All of this and many more details of their life together and apart can be seen in the exhibition titled “We Are One Rock”, staged at the Novi Sad City Museum in Petrovaradin.
The first segment depicts Milena’s earliest life, from her birth on December 19th, 1875 in the small town of Titel, to her parents Marija and Miloš, as the first of five children.
The exhibition covers Milena’s journey from her birthplace, through childhood in Kać, school in Ruma and further education in Novi Sad and Sremska Mitrovica. In 1890, she moved to Šabac, which was one of the very few towns that allowed girls to attend high school Mileva’s journey continued to take her via Zagreb to Zurich, where in 1896, she became the first woman enrolled in Zurich Polytechnic to study Physics and Mathematics. There she met her husband and science collaborator, Albert Einstein, a student like herself.
This exhibition features the latest technologies, new media, 3D animations, digital sound, holograms, but also sculptures, drawings and paintings.
The exhibition is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Monday. The ticket price is 400 dinars.
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