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7 Dec 2010 - 30 Apr 2011 00:00

Peter SIS: The Wall - How I grew up behind the Iron Curtain

Czech Center in Tel Aviv and Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in cooperation with its sections on education and literature for children and youth show The Wall - How I grew up behind the Iron Curtain. The exhibition will be open until the end of April 2011.


How I Grew up Behind the Iron Curtain

Itinerant exhibition is installed in replications of red street noticeboards used for propaganda of communist party before 1989. They contain original drawings, photographies and object made by artist and director Peter Sís (*1949) as well as authentic artefacts from the period 50s to 80s. 

 This wonderful book manages to be both creative and insightful, documenting life behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War in words and graphic design. Peter Sis’s use of color in his intricate illustrations highlights and enhances the matter-of-fact language of his text. He has managed to create a journal, biography, and social/historical commentary that is fascinating reading for children and adults alike.

 “Many of Peter Sís’s readers were not yet born when ‘the wall came down’. His brilliant autobiographical picture-book deserves to become a minor classic, keeping in the collective memory a shameful period of history which must never be forgotten. ”—Tom Stoppard


 “Peter Sís’s book is most of all about the will to live one’s life in freedom and should be required reading for all those who take their freedom for granted.” —Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic


“Younger readers have not yet had a graphic memoir with the power of Maus or Persepolis to call their own, but they do now.” —Publishers Weekly


Awards: Caldecott Honor Book; Robert F. Sibert Award – Medal; Bologna Ragazzi Award for Nonfiction; American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of the Year; School Library Journal Best Books of the Year; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books of the Year; Golden Ribbon Award (Czech IBBY).


Israel Museum, Jeruzalém

From: 7 Dec 2010
To: 30 Apr 2011 00:00


Czech Centre

Date 17 Jan 2011 17:38:00

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