Karlovy Vary

  • installation date: July 5, 2015
  • address: Emperor´s Bath Park, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) Ladislav Křivan, Blesk

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled in connection with the 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Along with Mayor Petr Kulhánek (Karlovy Vary Civic Alternative), it was unveiled by Dagmar Havlová, Minister of Culture Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats) and the director of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

4th Annual Conference, The Vaclav Havel European Dialogue, Prague, May 15, 2017Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry