Tibet Open House in Prague launched a photography exhibition titled “If only for a single day…” by photographer Stanislav Doležal.
The exhibition documents the historic meeting between the former Czech Republic’s President Václav Havel and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
The former president had also joined the nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 with the Dalai Lama, who ultimately won the prestigious award.
The Dalai Lama made the visit to the country in Feb 1990 after the then President of Czechoslovakia made a personal invitation, “I would be happy if Pope John Paul II and the Tibetan Dalai Lama, visited our country even if only for a single day.” The title of the exhibition attempts to carry the enthusiastic tone of the invitation that was set 30 years ago.
For the 30th anniversary of the historic meeting, Tibet Open House’s exhibition will be open to the general public until the end of September with the additional programs such as screenings of thematic films and lectures.
The press release prior to the launch said, “The visit of the Dalai Lama with his supporters took place in various parts of Prague and the exhibition of Stanislav Doležal´s photographs, including texts by the then Havel secretary and the writer Saša Neuman, captures the spontaneous atmosphere of these moments and is a unique testimony to the intense experience of our modern history.”
Tibet Open House in Prague established by Linhart Foundation hosts Tibetan Buddhist courses and houses exhibitions by Tibetan painters, lectures by travellers and photographers, concerts, author readings, and film screenings.
Address: Tibet Open House, Školská 28, Prague 1