Tel Aviv

  • installation date: October 27, 2015
  • address: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Izrael
  • photo (c) Pavlína Šulcová / Václav Havel Library

The Václav Havel’s Place on the campus of Tel Aviv University was presented by a Czech delegation headed by Minister of Culture Daniel Herman and the designer of the untraditional place of memorial, architect Bořek Šípek. The event was part of this year’s commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic ties between the CR and Israel. 

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

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry