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Catalogue of Figures Masks Paintings exhibition

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  • Where: Montmartre Gallery
  • When: February 2, 2010

The first volume of the second year of the Vaclav Havel Library Notebooks with name Masks, Figures, Paintings consists of a catalogue to the art exhibition of Jiří Kuběna bearing the same name. Among others, the issue also contains several poems by Jiří Kolář, Jiří Kuběna and Václav Havel. Jiří Kuběna is also the author of a detailed calendarium which shows his relation to art and also history of meetings with Václav Havel and other people born in 1936.

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