'Havel to the Castle', Joska Skalník (designer) Miloš Fikejz (photographer)

'Havel to the Castle', Joska Skalník (designer) Miloš Fikejz (photographer)

'Havel to the Castle'
Joska Skalník (designer) Miloš Fikejz (photographer)
Czechoslovakia
1989
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.