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PHOTO: Jiří Cieslar  10/02/16

Presentation of the diary of academic, critic and essayist Jiří Cieslar, who for years headed the Institute of Film Studies at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. The diary, which dates from the close of his life, is written with a deep knowledge of the diary genre; however, it is also completely sincere and truthful, written without any hidden agendas or pretence. Numerous everyday stories from Prague editorial offices, the film world and life in general come alive; above everything, however, spans his desire to understand himself, his lot and his illness. Cieslar’s diary ranks among the most important literary testimonies to life in our country in the last quarter century. More

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VIDEO: A meeting with Ai Wei Wei (5. 2. 2016)  09/02/16

A talk with one of the most famous contemporary Chinese artists Ai Weiwei, who accepted the invitation of the National Gallery in Prague to the opening of the exhibition Zodiac Heads within the celebrations of its 220th anniversary. The director of the National Gallery Jiri Fajt, and Sinologist Olga Lomová of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague have discussed not only about Ai Weiwei's work, but also on the political and human rights situation in contemporary China. The talk was organized by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with National Gallery in Prague and Charles University in Prague. More

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PHOTO: A meeting with Ai Wei Wei  06/02/16

A talk with one of the most famous contemporary Chinese artists Ai Weiwei, who accepted the invitation of the National Gallery in Prague to the opening of the exhibition Zodiac Heads within the celebrations of its 220th anniversary. More

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PHOTO: Igor Janke: Fighting Solidarity – Underground Army  02/02/16

Polish journalist Igor Janke’s book is a gripping history of the most radical and best organised anti-communist organisation in the Eastern Bloc. Portraits of legendary leaders Kornel Morawiecki and Jadwiga Chmielowska alternate with snapshots of the everyday struggles of activists who after the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981 were determined to resist communism, some bearing arms. More

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PHOTO: Alan Pajer: Václav Havel in Photography  02/02/16

Evening with photographer Alan Pajer, who captured Václav Havel in his photography over many years, but above all during his time as a presidential office photographer. Pajer’s photographs provide an insight into key moments in Czech politics in the 1990s. More

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15/02/16 19:00

A Quarter-Century of the Visegrad Four Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

A quarter-century after the signing of a treaty on closer cooperation between Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland on integration into European structures is a good time to consider whether and in what respects Central European cooperation has proven effective, in what ways it has not, and what kind of future it has in the European Union. Invited guests include Andrzej Jagodziński, Gyorgy Varga and Ladislav Snopko. Michael Žantovský will moderate. More

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