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

Ana de Almeida, The Collective Archive II, 2015. Private collection.
from: 30. 4. 2019
to: 29. 9. 2019
Municipal Library of Prague, 2nd floor

from: 30. 4. 2019
to: 29. 9. 2019
Municipal Library of Prague, 2nd floor

Tue-Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Sandra Baborovská 
Adelaide Ginga (MNAC, Lisabon)


full: 120 CZK
reduced: 60 CZK


under the auspices 
Mrs. Manuela Franco
The Ambassador of Portugal in Prague



practical info > 
The building is barrier-free (elevator).


The curatorial project highlights the surprising and hitherto unknown parallels of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, which took place on 25 April 1974, and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia of 17 November 1989. It will present artists of the former Czechoslovakia who were of crucial importance for the formation of contemporary art in their diverse responses to the totalitarian regime – Adriena Šimotová, Eva Kmentová, Jiří Kovanda, Petr Štembera, Jan Mlčoch, Milan Knížák, Jiří Kolář, Václav Havel, Július Koller, Ľubomír Ďurček and many others. They will be juxtaposed with their Portuguese contemporaries, such as Helena Almeida, Lourdes Castro, Ana Vieira, Ana Hatherly, Fernando Calhau and Alberto Carneiro. Space will also be given to the young generation of artists who reflect both revolutions, such as Zbyněk Baladrán and Ana de Almeida. In addition to works of art, the exhibition will feature extensive reviews of Czech Television, Radio Televisão de Portugal, the Václav Havel Library, Fundacão Soares and private archives. The large-scale research project will be accompanied by a trilingual publication.


30 April 2019, 7. p.m. Discussions on the exhibition “Carnations and Velvet” >