1 November 2016 - 30 November 2016
Exhibition: Alexander Dubček – Outstanding Personality of Modern Slovak History and European Policy and Alexander Dubček: Human Face of Politics / Berlin
Alexander Dubček was a Slovak communist politician and a prominent personality associated with the events of the Prague Spring of 1968. His political programme Socialism with a human face was aimed at democratising and liberalising the political direction of Czechoslovakia. On the night of 20–21 August 1968, Warsaw Pact forces entered the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and violently ended Dubček’s attempts at political reform. Slovak photographer Vladimír Benko, the author of the Human Face of Politics exhibition, presents Dubček from a perspective that is different from the one known to the general public. Benko had the opportunity to take pictures of Dubček during his work for the news agency in 1990–1992. He was able to capture the strong human dimension of the well-known politician. Benko and Dubček were working together on a photographic reportage, which was suddenly interrupted by Dubček’s tragic death. The events are dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Dubček and are organised by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the village Uhrovec and other partners.