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OF [Civic Forum]HAVEL

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Czech Republic (high, designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1989 (designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vanek, Rostislav (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph in black, red and blue printed on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.31-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 9

Václav Havel was a key figure in the 'Velvet Revolution' that ended communist rule in Czechoslovakia and a founder of the opposition movement Civic Forum (Obcanské Fórum - OF). His charismatic personality and leadership made him a focus of the country's hopes for a democratic future. He was selected as president of Czechoslovakia by parliament in December 1989 and was re-elected as president by the Federal Assembly after the free elections in June 1990.

The poster depicts a hand making a 'V' for victory sign which forms the 'V' of Havel's name. The red and blue colours of 'OF' and the cuff drawn on the hand combine with the white paper to symbolise the colours of the Czechoslovak national flag.

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Physical description

Poster promoting Obcanske Forum [Civic Forum] and the leadership of Vaclav Havel through the punning image of a hand with two fingers making the victory 'V' sign. These fingers form the 'V' of Havel's name and promote his success in the Presidential elections, as well as symbolising the victory of the Velvet Revolution in overturning the communist régime. The red and blue colours of OF and the cuff drawn on the hand combine with the white paper to symbolise the Czechoslovak national flag.

Place of Origin

Czech Republic (high, designed and printed)

Date

1989 (designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Vanek, Rostislav (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph in black, red and blue printed on paper

Dimensions

Height: 36.2 cm maximum, Width: 39.1 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Poster promoting Obcanske Forum [Civic Forum] and the leadership of Vaclav Havel. Czech Republic, 1989.

Production Note

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Attribution note: Size of print run unknown

Materials

Paper; Printing inks; Paper

Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Subjects depicted

Nationhood; Revolution; Victory; Ideology; Democracy; Presidential elections

Categories

Politics; Propaganda; Prints

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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