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The heroine of the week: Věra Čáslavská

The Czech Centres, in cooperation with Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of Western Bohemia in Pilsen and Radio Prague International, present important women of the Czech history and the present. Every week we bring you one portrait of a heroine. The heroine of this week is gymnast, trainer and sports emissary Věra Čáslavská.

Gymnast, trainer and sports emissary, who is still the most successful gymnast of all time. She won three gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Four years later, at the Olympics in Mexico City, she added four more gold and two silver medals. At the awards ceremony she voiced her condemnation of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, she became an advisor to President Václav Havel.

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About the project

An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women - rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes – who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920 and the 200th birthday of author Božena Němcová. It offers portraits of fifty distinguished female personalities as seen through the eyes of the contemporary wave of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia under the guidance of their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková. The profiles of the selected hereoines were written by the historian Lenka Křížová and the writer Kateřina Tučková. The exhibition project will be complemented by a book of the same name, which is going to be published in autumn 2020.


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