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Lavička VH Praha

  • installation date: May 1, 2014
  • address: Maltézské sq, Prague, Czech republic
  • foto: © Knihovna Václava Havla

The first Havel’s Place in the Czech Republic was unveiled on the Prague square Maltézské náměstí on 1 May 2014, the 10th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU. The guests of honour at the unveiling ceremony, which took place in a friendly and informal atmosphere, included Dagmar Havlová, the director of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková, mayor Tomáš Hudeček and Karel Schwarzenberg.

Havel’s Place is a memorial dedicated to Václav Havel. It comprises two chairs linked by a round table with a tree growing through its centre. The installation of Havel’s Places is a worldwide project initiated by the Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovič, and the architect and designer Bořek Šípek. The aim of the project, which is coordinated and implemented by the Václav Havel Library, is to create a network of places in public spaces that can contribute to meeting and the holding of genuine dialogue – places where it will be possible to hold discussions and reflect in the spirit of the ideals and philosophy of Václav Havel.

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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