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Wenceslas Square Prague, November 1989

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Czech Republic (designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1989 (designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chytrý, Petr (photographer)
    Severografia Cervený Kostelec (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by William Barker

  • Museum number:

    E.117-1991

  • Gallery location:

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

The scenes in this poster encapsulate the early days of the 'Velvet Revolution', which toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. St. Wenceslas, patron saint of Bohemia, has always been the symbol of the Czech state and the protector of the nation, and his monument is the traditional rallying point for protestors and martyrs in times of crisis and oppression, and for events of national importance. It was here that the students and actors publicised their strike action, the start of the Velvet Revolution, on 18 November 1989.

Posters put up secretly at night were initially torn down by the police, but they soon became too numerous to deal with and were left on display. Many of them were individual expressions of support made by hand by ordinary people.

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Physical description

Poster reproducing eight colour photographs showing views of Wenceslas Square in Prague, including the National Museum, the Svobodné Slovo building, and the Wenceslas monument, during the Velvet Revolution.

Place of Origin

Czech Republic (designed and printed)

Date

1989 (designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Chytrý, Petr (photographer)
Severografia Cervený Kostelec (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph printed on paper

Marks and inscriptions

© Petr Chytrý

Tisk Severografia Cervený Kostelec

Vaclavske namesti
Wenceslas Square

PRAHA listopad 1989
PRAGUE November 1989

Dimensions

Height: 58.5 cm maximum, Width: 43.45 cm maximum

Historical context note

The scenes in this poster encapsulate the early days of the Velvet Revolution, which toppled the communist régime. St. Wenceslas, patron saint of Bohemia, has always been the symbol of the Czech state and the protector of the nation, and his monument is the traditional rallying point for protestors and martyrs in times of crisis and oppression, and for events of national importance. It was here that the students and actors publicised their strike action, the start of the Velvet Revolution, on 18 November 1989.

Descriptive line

Poster, Czechoslovakia, ca 1989. RF 90/1331

Production Note

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Reason For Production: Commemorative

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Subjects depicted

Revolution; Solidarity; Victory; Protest; Freedom

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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