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Václav Havel - Guarantee of Free Elections

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Zlín (printed)

  • Date:

    1989 (designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Design Studio F1 (designer)
    Fotografia Zlín (photographer)
    TISK MTZ ZLÍN (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset photolithograph in black, blue and red printed on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.23-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 79, box E

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. His charismatic personality and leadership made him a focus of the country's hopes for a democratic future and his image inspired widespread loyalty. 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. In this poster Havel is presented in a suit as a statesman. Earlier posters had portrayed him as a world-worn but visionary dissident.

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Physical description

Poster promoting Václav Havel's (successful) candidacy for the office of President of Czechoslovakia. Printed in blue tones, it features a formal photographic portrait image with diagonal bands of white, red and blue, the Czech national colours, across the top left corner. Havel is wearing a jacket, white shirt and tie bearing a Santa Claus motif.

Place of Origin

Zlín (printed)

Date

1989 (designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Design Studio F1 (designer)
Fotografia Zlín (photographer)
TISK MTZ ZLÍN (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Offset photolithograph in black, blue and red printed on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Václav Havel - záruka svobodných voleb
Václav Havel - guarantee of free elections
This is the slogan on the poster.

FOTOGRAFIA ZLÍN - design studio F1 - TISK MTZ ZLÍN

Dimensions

Height: 60.1 cm maximum, Width: 42.1 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Presidential election poster for Václav Havel, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia, 1989.

Production Note

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Reason For Production: Commemorative

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Offset colour photolithography

Subjects depicted

Democracy; Revolution; Presidential elections; Ideology; Freedom

Categories

Portraits; Politics; Propaganda

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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