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Fifty years since the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia quashed the Prague Spring we look at how cartoonists in the Czech and British press interpreted the politics of the time through humour. Armed with a stack of original 1968 satirical cartoon drawings under his arm, a collector walked through the Czech Centre London door and the idea for an exhibition was born. Fifty years ago this summer as Soviet tanks supported by Warsaw Pact countries rolled into Prague and crushed a…Find out more »
A series of small exhibitions in the atrium for the anniversaries of the eights: February 1948, August 1968 and October 1918. The basis of the exhibition is a 3-metre high wall or "gallery noticeboard" on which collages will be rotated according to the anniversary. The collages will consist of various types of artistic materials (paintings, photographs, documents), primarily from the collections of the Slovak National Gallery. From August the board commemorates the Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968 and in October…Find out more »
A retrospective cross-section of the photographer's work to mark his 80th birthday. This Prague exhibition displays 350 photographs selected from a large collection donated by Josef Koudelka and managed by the Museum of Decorative Arts. It includes examples from all of his well-known series: Beginnings, Experiments, Theatre, Gypsies, Invasion 68, Exiles and Panoramas. Prague's National Gallery (Veletrzni Palac) is exhibiting a series of 18 photographs taken by Koudelka in 2013 for the Vatican's first presentation at the Venice Biennale on…Find out more »
This large-scale display shows re-printed photographs of tanks from the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia. These images commemorate the 50th anniversary of the suppression of liberal reforms by 200,000 Soviet troops and 2000 tanks on the 21st August 1968. 1968 was a pivotal year in global politics, including the Paris student demonstrations in May 1968. Rigid political institutions across the world, on both the right and left, were challenged by a younger, more idealistic post-war generation, demanding reforms and a relaxation of…Find out more »
On 21st August 2018 the BCSA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most shocking events in recent Czech and Slovak history: the invasion of Dubcek´s Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. London is still full of people who remember the day well. Czech and Slovak students rushed to make use of the unprecedented freedom of travel to the West that summer and Britain was one of the most popular destinations. After 21st August 1968 they were stranded -…Find out more »
From 22 August, the National Gallery in Prague will exhibit photographs by Josef Koudelka of the incursion of the Warsaw Pact troops into Prague, a catastrophe that had a major impact on the fate of the country’s inhabitants. Although he had never engaged in reportage, the pictures he took during several dramatic days in August 1968 have become a symbol of the national tragedy and, more broadly, of any military oppression and fight for freedom. His series of photographs has…Find out more »
Occupation as the occupiers see it. Five Warsaw Pact countries occupied Czechoslovakia in 1968. 50 years later five film directors from these countries shot the stories of five soldiers who took part. A tribute to the 108 people who were killed in Czechoslovakia during the 1968 invasion, the film tells the story of the young men who left their homes for a secret mission to save communism, but came to be hated by the people they had come to rescue.…Find out more »
In March last year, the president of the Czech Republic was preparing to announce whether or not he would be running for re-election, and the press were ready to cover his decision. The announcement, however, was to be made at a private event at Prague Castle and no reporters were to be admitted. Filmmaker Tomas Bojar takes us inside two newsrooms in Prague as their teams race to be the first to break the story. Breaking News is a compelling, entertaining…Find out more »
Join us and have a fun evening chatting to friendly people. Czech and Slovak food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar. Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome to our monthly socials to meet, chat and get to know each other a little better in a relaxed and informal gathering. We usually have about a dozen people there at various times during the evening but, whatever the number, there will be good conversations for…Find out more »
From Fatra to Merkur, Czech toys have a long and successful history both in their homeland and abroad. The early 20th century saw their story begin, and it has been intensively explored and developed since then. Drawing attention to unique Czech craftmanship, the “Mini Wonders” exhibition presents modern toy design as well as designs dating back almost a hundred years. Since the first design was born in 1920, Czech toys have made a name for themselves internationally. They saw an…Find out more »
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