Plzeň

  • installation date: October 30, 2014
  • address: Šafaříkovy sady, Plzeň, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) ČTK

“The Václav Havel’s Place could become an imaginary Greek Agora, a place where the private is recast as the public, a place where we make clear who we are, what we want and where we want to go, but also a place where we can simply take a break or meet somebody. If only people were to argue or dispute here in the spirit referred to, I think that Václav Havel would be glad!” the mayor of Plzeň, Martin Baxa, said at the unveiling of theVaclav Havel’s Place in Šafaříkovy sady, at which its creator Bořek Šípek and Vaclav Havel Library director Marta Smolíkova then sat.

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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