Exhibition celebrates the life of Václav Havel


To mark the 8th anniversary of late president of the Czech Republic Václav Havel, who is considered to be one of the most influential political figures of the late 20th century, an exhibition entitled “Václav Havel: Politics of Conscience and Responsibility” was opened at the Alliance Ethio-Française on October 28, 2016.vaclav-havel-2
The exhibition that will stay open to the public until November 16, 216 was prepared in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library in Prague and consists of works collected from three Czech photographers: Alan Pajer, Oldřich Škácha, and Ondřej Němec.
The photographs cover the journey of Václav Havel throughout the 20th century: From the Prague Spring in 1968 to the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and to the three presidency terms in the office of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic.
Václav Havel, first and foremost a playwright, poet and philosopher, started his political career as opposition leader to later become the last president of Czechoslovakia and first of the Czech Republic. Personal friend of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright, Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and many other world political and spiritual leaders, both in power and in opposition.
Besides the exhibition a public lecture by Ivan Havel, brother of the late president, as well as a screening of a documentary called “Citizen Havel”   was also held at the Alliance Ethio-Française October 27, 2016.
Václav Havel is a laureate of about thirty state awards including Grand Cross of the Légion d’honneur of France or the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yet, whenever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he always refused and campaigned for other nominees.
Throughout his life, Václav Havel took strong stance in defence of those marginalized, powerless and oppressed. Main principles of Havel’s politics were conscience and responsibility, values so often lacking in today’s world. Many words Havel wrote during his lifetime are as teasing, intriguing and, indeed, timelessg