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Publisher: Prague City Gallery (GHMP), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (MNAC)
Year of publication: 2019
Language: in Czech, in English, in Portuguese
Texts: Ana de Almeida, Sandra Baborovská, Emília Ferreira, Manuela Franco, Adelaide Ginga, Vít Havránek, Magdalena Juříková, Pavel Szobi
Photos: Archiv GHMP, arquivo MNAC, archive of SNG, Arquivo do Centro de Documentação 25 de Abril da Universidade de Coimbra, Arquivo Histórico Diplomático, José Pedro Aguiar–Branco, Diogo Cabrita, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon / José Manuel Costa Alves, Mário de Oliveira, José Campelo, Karel Cudlín, Alfredo Cunha, ČTK, ČTK / Pavel Hořejší, Tomáš Novák, ČTK / ZUMA / Keystone Pictures USA, Fundação Mário Soares / Arquivo Mário Soares, Konstantin Karageorgiev, Jaroslav Krejčí, Jaroslav Kučera, Karel Kuklík, Dana Kyndrová, Petr Morávek, Nadační fond Kmentová Zoubek / Karel Kuklík, David Stecker, Tomki Němec, Oto Palán, Růžena Preissová, Roman Sejkot, Tomáš Souček, Pavel Štecha, José Vidal de Almeida, José Viegas
Graphic Design: Anymade Studio
Translated by: Anna de Almeida (CZ), David Davis (EN), Jaroslava Jindrová (CZ), Kennis Translations (EN), Anton Pasienka (PT), Eva Schalková (PT), Vladimíra Šefranka Žáková (EN), Redakce a jazyková korektura / Correção e revisão dos textos / Copy Editing and Proofreading: Kateřina Danielová (CZ), Adelaide Ginga (PT), Vladimíra Šefranka Žáková (EN)
Language editors: Kateřina Danielová (CZ), Adelaide Ginga (PT), Vladimíra Šefranka Žáková (EN)
This catalogue has been published in collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) in Lisbon on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition held 30 April to 29 September 2019 in Prague City Gallery’s exhibition spaces on the second floor of the Municipal Library. It includes texts by the exhibition’s curators Sandra Baborovská (GHMP) and Adelaide Ginga (MNAC), historian Pavel Szobi, art historian Vít Havránek, and Czech-Portuguese artist Ana de Almeida. The texts offer an introduction to Portuguese art and look at the surprising similarities, parallels, and paradoxes of the revolutionary events in Portugal and Czechoslovakia. The shared starting point is the year 1968 – the time of the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and the spring of Marcelo Caetano in Lisbon – but the publication also looks at 1974 and 1989, the years of the peaceful revolutions that brought freedom to the two countries. The Carnation Revolution in Portugal took place on 25 April 1974, and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia was on 17 November 1989. The catalogue also presents works by Czechoslovak and Portuguese artists, famous individuals, and legends who responded to their countries’ oppressive regimes and who had a fundamental influence on contemporary art in their countries. This is also the first time that Czech audiences have had an opportunity to look into the private archives of the young Portuguese who were part of the first foreign delegation (on 9 December 1989) to come in support of our democratization.
Carnations and Velvet: Art and Revolution in Portugal and Czechoslovakia (1968–1974–1989), with graphic design by Anymade Studio and published in Czech, Portuguese, and English, offers a full summary of both revolutions and a chronology of the independent Portuguese and Czechoslovak states. Besides unique documents from the Czech Press Agency, Fundação Mário Soares, Centro de Documentação 25 de Abril, Arquivo Histórico Diplomático, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, Czech Television, period magazines and newspapers, and private archives, it also features photographs by Václav Havel’s private photographer Tomki Němec and reproductions of artworks from the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea in Lisbon, Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea – Porto, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Lisbon, Prague City Gallery, Kampa Museum – the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, the Kmentová Zoubek Endowment Fund, Prvá slovenská investičná skupina – Bratislava, the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, and many others.
Published thanks to the kind support of the Instituto Camões.
The exhibition’s main media partner is Czech Television.
The exhibition was presented under the auspices of Her Excellency Manuela Franco, Portugal’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, and Hana Třeštíková, Prague city councilor for culture, monument preservation, exhibitions, and tourism.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Prague City Gallery – Municipal Library, 30 April – 29 Sept. 2019, and at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea in Lisbon, 25 April –30 Aug. 2020.