THE NATIONAL Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA opened an exhibition last Monday of photographs by Ladislav Bielik entitled August 68.
Curated by Pavol Meluš, August 68 had its American premiere at the Koloman Sokol Gallery of the Slovak Embassy in Washington, DC last September. It was organised to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the invasion of the Warsaw Pact armies in what was then Czechoslovakia.
The exhibition displays enlarged photographs of Bratislava's streets taken by Bielik on August 21 and 22 in 1968. The focus is on the world-famous photograph of a man exposing his chest in front of a tank.
The museum in Cedar Rapids is the only of its kind in the United States and was opened by the former presidents Bill Clinton (US), Václav Havel (Czech Republic), and Michal Kováč (Slovakia). The exhibition runs until February 26 and then moves to Kansas City.