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12 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019

Velvet Revolution 1989 - Photo Exhibition

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech Center Tel Aviv organizes a photography exhibition by curator Dana Kyndrová, which captures significant moments from before and just after the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

The exhibition includes 30 photographs of 15 leading Czech photographers who captured the turning points of our modern history, when after 40 years the country's communist dictatorship ended: a demonstration against the totalitarian regime in 1988, Palach's week in January 1989 and November 17, 1989, or the emotional atmosphere of enthusiasm that followed. The exhibition also includes a set of photographs from the departure of Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia in 1990–1991, which culminated in the Velvet Revolution.

Curator: Dana Kyndrová

Introductory text: Dr. Jiří Suk, historian of the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Photographers: Radek Bajgar, Radovan Boček, Karel Cudlín, Přemysl Hněvkovský, Lubomír Kotek, Jaroslav Kučera, Michal Krumphanzl (ČTK), Dana Kyndrová, Petr Matička (ČTK), Roman Sejkot, Jan Šibík, Jan Šilpoch, Pavel Štecha, Jiří Všetečka, Miroslav Zajíc

Dana Kyndrová (1955)

She studied French and Russian at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (1979). For ten years she worked at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University and after November 1989 at the Department of Languages at AMU. Since 1992 she has been a freelance photographer living in Prague. She began photographing at the age of eighteen and always devoted herself to black and white humanistic photography. She has organized a number of exhibitions both at home and abroad, and has published eight author publications: Incredible belief in a better future (1998), Per musicam aequo (1998), Woman between inhaling and exhaling (2002), Departure of Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia (2003), Carpathian Ruthenia (2007), Algerie-Togo (2009), Rituals of Normalization / Czechoslovakia of the 1970s–1980s (2011) and Russians… their icons and desires (2015).

She has won numerous awards in photographic competitions: 1995–1999 – Czech Press Photo (total 7 prizes), 1998 – the main prize in the national round of Fujifilm Euro Press Photo Awards (she represented the Czech Republic in February 1999 at the European round of competition in London), 2006 – Grant of the City of Prague (for a set of photographs of the Russian Orthodox pilgrimage), within which she captured the life of Prague homeless people. In addition to her own photographic work, she has also worked as a curator and organizer in a field of photography in recent years. She is the author of the monograph of Miloň Novotný, and of publications 1945 Liberation… 1968 Occupation / Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia (2008) and Jan Palach 16.–25. 1. 1969 (2009). For this curatorial activity, the Association of Czech Professional Photographers awarded her the title "Personality of Czech Photography 2008".


Jiří Suk (1966)

He is a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences. He deals with the history of the Communist regime after February 1948, and with the intellectual and political heritage of dissent and post-communist transformation after November 1989. In addition to source editions, partial studies and chapters in monographs, he wrote books: Labyrinth of Revolution. Actors, plot and crossroads of one political crisis 1989/1990 (2003, 2009); Politics as an absurd drama. Václav Havel in the years 1975–1989 (2013) and Public toilets made of gold. Conflict between Communist Utopism and Economic Rationality in Pre-Prison Czechoslovakia (2016). Together with Kristina Andělová, he prepared an international collection One day, something rages up in our greengrocer. Essays on Power of the Powerless (2016). The English version of the collection was published in May 2018 in the revue of the East European Politics and Societies.





When: 12 - 25.8. 2019, open sunday-friday 10:00-24:00, saturday 11:00-24:00

Where: Cinematheque Tel Aviv, HaArba st.5

Free entrance






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From: 12 Aug 2019
To: 30 Aug 2019


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Date 30 Aug 2019 12:19:00

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