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OF - Civic Forum - Room For All

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Czech Republic (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1989 (designed and printed)
    1989 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fiala, J. (designer)
    Civic Forum (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mixed media print in red and blue on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by William Barker

  • Museum number:

    E.119-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DRAWER 32

Civic Forum was the Czech opposition movement leading the dialogue with the governing communist power. It was founded at the Prague non-conformist theatre ‘Cinoherni klub’ on the evening of the 19th of November 1989, two days after Ministry of Interior Affairs special troops made a brutal strike against a non-violent student demonstration on National Street in Prague. It became the main instrument of the 'Velvet Revolution'.

The Civic Forum founders were dramatist and writer Václav Havel, Catholic priest Václav Malý, actor Petr Cepek, Charter 77 spokesman Alexander Vondra, scriptwriter Jirí Križan translator and writer Michael Žantovský (currently the Czech ambassador in London) who became the Civic Forum press officer. Civic Forum unified independent Czech democratic initiatives

The message of this poster is that Civic Forum seeks to embrace and unite all shades of political opinion in the fight against the communist regime.

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Physical description

Poster comprising mutiple repetitions of the Civic Forum name and initials printed in blue, many embellished with additional features, such as a heart or smiley face, printed in red. Poster signed and dated in the plate.

Place of Origin

Czech Republic (printed and published)

Date

1989 (designed and printed)
1989 (published)

Artist/maker

Fiala, J. (designer)
Civic Forum (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Mixed media print in red and blue on paper

Marks and inscriptions

OF Obcanské Fórum
CF Civic Forum

J. Fiala '89
Signed and dated in the plate

Dimensions

Height: 83.9 cm maximum, Width: 58.8 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Poster "Prostor Pro Vsechny", designed by J. Fiala, printed and published in the Czech Republic, 1989.

Production Note

Designed, printed and published in former Czechoslovakia

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Lithograph; Screenprint

Subjects depicted

Revolution; Democracy; Freedom

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics

Production Type

Unlimited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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