Venice

  • Address: Island San Servolo, Venezia, Italy
  • Date: September 27, 2014
  • Photo: © Czech Embassy in Rome

The Havel’s Place in Venice project was realised thanks to the efforts of the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Vienna, Giorgio Boatto, the Irish founder of Art for Amnesty, Bill Shipsey and Michael Jorgensen, in cooperation with the Venice International University, San Servolo, the Vacláv Havel Library and the Czech Embassy in Rome. Among those who attended the launch in Vienna were the Czech ambassador to Italy, Petr Buriánek, and the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Venice, Giorgio Boatto.

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

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