The Day Spring Ended exhibition
16 August 2018–28 August 2018, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Foyer22 Gordon StreetLondonWC1H 0QBUnited Kingdom
About the exhibition
A large-scale display of photographs of tanks from the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the suppression of liberal reforms by 200,000 Soviet troops and 2000 tanks on the 21st August 1968.
Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
This exhibition private view is open to all and will include guest speeches and a wine reception.
1968 was a pivotal year in global politics. Yet the Prague Spring was unique in that the state institution demonstrated an ability to reform itself. These reforms, including the lifting of press censorship, had created a sense of optimism that a new type of politics was possible.
It is difficult to convey the sense of fear, shock and outrage that was experienced on that day. The hope is that these images, using different visual emphasis and scale, can give a sense of what it was like to be there.
Image credit: © Robert Aish, 1968