Poster issued by Civic Forum
'Gloria in Excelsis'
Lithograph printed in yellow and purple on paper
Museum no. E.270-1990
Given by Christopher Wilk
This poster produced soon after the collapse of communist government in Czechoslovakia is a jubilant celebration of the ‘velvet revolution’ and of the Civic Forum, one of the opposition organisations that led the Revolution. It employs the iconography of the comet as a symbol of hope and a harbinger of momentous events. This comet marks the propitious birth of a new Czechoslovakia with the 'OF' logo of Civic Forum (Občanské Fórum) glowing at its heart. It is one of a number of ‘Christmas posters’ issued in December 1989 that incorporate religious imagery, signalling an end to the oppression of religion and linking the Civic Forum with moral values.