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Carnations and Velvet / Art and Revolution in Portugal and Czechoslovakia 1968–1974–1989

Galerie de la ville de Prague – Bibliothèque municipale (Galerie hlavního města Prahy – Městská knihovna), Mariánské náměstí 1, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00

  • Expositions temporaires
  • Expositions d'arts plastiques
  • Novembre '89

Date et horaire

  • mar. 30.04.2019 – dim. 29.09.2019

The project features works of Czechoslovak artists who were of crucial importance for the formation of contemporary art in their diverse responses to the totalitarian regime, namely Adriena Šimotová, Eva Kmentová, Květa Válová, Jitka Válová, Jiří Kovanda, Karel Miler, Jan Mlčoch, Milan Knížák, Václav Havel, Jiří Kolář, and many others. They will be juxtaposed with their Portuguese contemporaries such as Helena Almeida, Lourdes Castro, Ana Vieira, Ana Hatherly, Fernando Calhau, Manuel Alvess, António Barros, Silvestre Pestana, Alberto Carneiro, Ernesto de Sousa, Álvaro Lapa a José de Guimarães. Space will also be given to the younger generation of artists who reflect the theme of both totalitarian regimes, such as Zbyněk Baladrán, Carla Filipe and Ana de Almeida.


The common starting point is the year 1968, the time of the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and the spring of Marcelo Caetano in Lisbon. This year brought about first hopes for the end of the existing undemocratic regimes – the hopes that were thwarted by the Soviet occupation in Czechoslovakia and by the continuation of the colonial war in Portugal. The years 1974 and 1989, the dates of peaceful revolutions, brought freedom to both countries. The Carnation Revolution took place on 25 April 1974, and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia on 17 November 1989.

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Information source: Galerie hlavního města Prahy