1.1. — 31.12.2023
Sculpture Line
Hohenberg an der Eger 2023

The town of Hohenberg an der Eger is participating in the current large-scale three-part exhibition "CONNECTIONS - VERBINDUNG" and is a contribution of the Kunstverein Hochfranken Selb e. V. together with the Goller Gallery to the Bavarian-Czech Friendship Weeks Selb-Ash 2023.

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Burgplatz

Burgplatz, Hohenberg an der Eger

Tower for Jan Palach

Václav Fiala *1955
Steel

Right next to the medieval castle tower we placed the "Tower for Jan Palach" from 2019, made of painted steel. It measures 2.00 x 2.00 x 7.20 metres and weighs 2.5 tonnes. On its way through Prague, Sydney and Regensburg, this tower found itself in Hohenberg. It is dedicated to a young Czech who publicly burned himself to death in Wenceslas Square in January 1969, in response to the 1968 invasion by Soviet troops to end the Czech democratic movement, the "Prague Spring", which led to the reversal of the Dubček government's reforms. At that time, he sent out a shocking signal that received worldwide attention and which, in the current era of Putin's war, cannot be surpassed in terms of timeliness and explosiveness, given the warning effect it provoked. The secret of the object's impact lies in its simplicity. Like a burning torch, a burning Palach, like a cry directed to the sky, the steel parts rise upwards. Will that cry die down without reaction, or will it leave a lasting impact? Even before the Prague Spring, Havel was an active member of the underground democratic movement as a writer, playwright and essayist. He was one of the initiators of Charter 77. In 1968, during the "spring", he stood by the side of Alexander Dubček. The student Jan Palach wanted to draw attention against the incipient dismantling of democratic efforts. Later (1991), Havel, as President of the Republic, posthumously awarded him the Order of Masaryk First Class. Václav Fiala pays tribute to Jan Palach in his artistic way.

Hans-Joachim Goller

Kunstverein Hochfranken Selb e. V. Art Lines

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