published: 29.09.2012, 15:31 | updated: 29.09.2012 15:38:36
Prague - An exhibition of photographs of Vaclav Havel, made by the Czech Press Agency´s (CTK) photo reporters, will be opened at the Prague-Ruzyne airport on October 5, Havel´s birth anniversary on which the airport will be renamed after him.
The photos of Havel (1936-2011), former Czechoslovak and Czech president, were taken from 1988 to 2011. The collection was for the first time put on display at Prague´s Old Town Hall this summer.
At the time, many called for the exhibition to be prolonged, which, however, was technically impossible. CTK has therefore welcomed the Prague airport´s proposal that the photos be presented in the airport complex.
Panels with the large-scale photographs will remain on display in the T2 terminal until the end of the year.
CTK photo reporters took snaps of Havel not only at official and state occasions but also while preparing for them and at private events.
A part of the exhibition maps Havel´s path from 1988, when he was still a leading dissident in the then communist Czechoslovakia, via the November 1989 revolutionary events to the seat of the first post-communist Czechoslovak and later also Czech president.
Other photos present his private life as president and after his presidency ended in 2003, and also some interesting, curious and unexpected moments the reporters managed to photograph.
On the eve of the Prague exhibition´s opening, a similar exhibition will start at the Czech and Slovak embassy in London. It will run through November 17, open on working days.
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