'Havel to the Castle'
Joska Skalník (designer) Miloš Fikejz (photographer)
Offset lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.2041-1990
Václav Havel was a key figure in the 'Velvet Revolution' that ended communist rule in Czechoslovakia and a founder of the opposition movement Civic Forum. His charismatic personality and leadership made him a focus of the country's hopes for a democratic future and his image inspired widespread loyalty. The Castle in Prague is the seat of the president and the slogan 'Havel to the Castle' was a call for Havel to become president. He was selected as president of Czechoslovakia by parliament in December 1989 and was re-elected as president by the Federal Assembly after the free elections in June 1990. This photograph by Miloš Fikejz portrays Havel as a bohemian, a world-worn but visionary dissident. His image evolves in later posters which present him in a suit with the body language of a statesman.