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  • 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.

Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back

„I’ve run away. I’ve run away to Hrádeček. I’m here alone and I feel uneasy. Everything reminds me of the decades I’ve been through in this place. I like it here. It’s my refuge, my existential home, but again and again I realize there’s no going back, and that by now I’m not the same person I was when I wrote my plays, prepared my experimental meals, threw light-hearted parties, and organised secret dissident meetings. I’m older, sicker, wearier.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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