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.

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

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry