”Praga 1968”

Opening of the “Praga 1968” photo exhibition in the Baroque Chapel of the Italian Culture Institute in Prague. The exhibit has been carried out on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “ Primavera di Praga” ( Prague Spring), due to the partnership between Italian Embassy, Italian Culture Institute, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Regional Council and CRAF- Spilimbergo (PN) Photography and the Archive Research Centre, and it will remain open to the public until 8th June at the Institute, with free entry.

“Praga 1968” presents the events of that year in over 100 shots made by the Czech photographer Pavel Sticha, from the Swedish Sune Jonsson and the Italians Carlo Leidi and Alfonso Modonesi, a contribution of images that frame the protagonists of those days in crucial moments such as the appointment of Alexander Dubček as secretary of the Communist Party, the May Day parade and the events of the autumn months of 1968. Among the most significant shots, the Castle Square on the morning of October 28th 1968, the citizens who lay flowers and lamps at the bottom of the statue of St. Wenceslas and the tomb of Jan Palach photographed in March 1970 before being destroyed by the police. Patronage of the Minister of Culture of Czech Republic, Ilja Šmíd.