KOUDELKA: INVASION 1968 & archival footage by Jan Němec

Date: 22.08.2018 - 06.01.2019
Place: Trade Fair Palace

The photographs Invasion 1968 by Josef Koudelka captured the incursion of the Warsaw Pact troops into Prague, a sudden catastrophe that had a major impact on the fate of our country’s inhabitants. Although he had never engaged in reportages, the pictures he took during several dramatic days in August have become a symbol of the national tragedy and, more broadly, of any military oppression and fight for freedom. His series of photographs has entered the canon of classic post-war reportage photography. The exhibition and spatial video installation of Josef Koudelka and his work and the archival footage by film director Jan Němec are displayed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invasion; they are based on the eponymous book, which has been published in twelve languages.

Curator: Irena Šorfová
Video installation director: Zdeněk Jiráský
Graphic design: Aleš Najbrt & Studio Najbrt
Venue: 5th floor of the Veletržní Palace

Praha, srpen 1968 © Josef Koudelka/ Magnum Photos

The exhibition is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the CR. It si part of celebrations commemorating important events in Czech history marked by the year 2018. For the list of all events that are held in the framework of the celebrations, visit the website czechandslovakcentury.com.  

At the same time as this exhibition, the retrospective Koudelka: Returning is being held at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Exhibition runs to September 23, 2018.

Opening hours
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Wednesday: 10 AM – 8 PM

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Family200 CZK
Trade Fair Palace
Dukelských hrdinů 47
Prague 7

Getting here
Metro C – Vltavská
Tram 6, 17 – Veletržní palác
Tram 1, 2, 6, 8, 12, 17, 25, 26 – Strossmayerovo náměstí
Photo gallery
Attached files
tz-ngp_opening-68-2.pdf (Tisková zpráva. Opening 68)
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General partner

Komerční banka


Kooperativa ŠKODA Auto The Pudil Family Foundation

Supported by

Hlavní město Praha Ministerstvo kultury České republiky Společné století Evropský rok kulturního dědictví

General media partner

Česká televize

Thanks all partners for support...