Invasion of Czechoslovakia

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The year 1968 in Czechoslovakia was marked by the so-called Prague Spring. This was a period of political liberalization brought to a violent end on 21st of August 1968 with the invasion of the country by the Soviet army and the forces  of the Warsaw pact. The communist dictatorship was renewed in April 1969 and was followed by the period of so-called “nornalization” which meant a return to Stalinist practices.

1968 was also an important year for culture and sports in Czechoslovakia. The film director Jiří Menzel received an Oscar for best foreign film for Ostře sledované vlaky (Closely Observed Trains). The gymnast Věra Čáslavská won four gold and two silver at the Olympics in Mexico and was declared the best sportswoman in the world that same year.

 

Simultaneous events

1968 Exhibition in Dům umění (Brno House of Arts)

 
Exhibition in Dům umění (Brno House of Arts)

An exhibition of the life work of  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe took place in the Brno House of Arts from 20th December 1968 to 26th January 1969. A one day conference on the question of Villa Tugendhat... read more