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11 Jan 2007 00:00 - 26 Jan 2007 00:00

Erklärt Europa!

An exhibition of 20 large-sized photography by Wolfgang Jung und texts by Michael Adams capturing portraits of prominent and less prominent Czechs and their opinion about Europe. Vernissage will be at 10th January 2007, 6 pm, Czech Center Prague, Rýtířská 31, Praha 1.



“Explain Europe!”


What does the European Union have, what others don’t have?


For the European politician Günter Verheugen are Czechs very skeptic people. If there would be a Nobel Price for skepticism, once the German diplomat said, Czechs would win it each year.

            Reason for this teasing were public opinion polls, in which many citizens of Bohemia and Moravia said, that actually they would not know, which benefits the Membership of European Union implicates. At May 1st 2004 the Czech Republic joined the European Union.

            In the midst of the discussions about the future appearance of Europe the photograph Michael Adams and the journalist Wolfgang Jung made inquiries at the vltava, asking people in Prague one and the same question: What does Europe have, what others don’t have?

            The result are 20 large-sized portraits of prominent and less prominent Czechs and their opinion about Europe: Foreign Minister Cyril Svobada advanced his opinion as well as the children’s movie star Jiři Lábus (Rumburak) and the former porn star Dolly Buster.

            Besides Czechs are especially near-by Germans: Only with Austria Germany have longer common border. Prague is nearer to Berlin than to each other European capital and the majority of Czechs presented at opinion polls German as the foreign language, which the understand best. In this language some of the most famous authors of the country wrote, for example Franz Kafka, Franz Werfel and Egon Erwin Kisch.




Michael Adams


Born 1964 in Merzig, Saarland, Germany, studied communications design at the University of applied sciences Trier. In the years 1992 – 1997 he worked as graphic designer for a PR-agencies and publishing houses i.a. in

Nurimberg.  As press photographer he worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Berlin taz and the Prager Zeitung. In the years 1997 to 1999 he worked as art editor at the Zeitung zum Sonntag in Freiburg. At the end of the year 1999 he changed to the Berlin Tagesspiegel, where he worked until the year 2001 as art director. Since 2002 he works for the Basler Zeitung.


Wolfgang Jung

Born 1964 in Merzig, Saarland, Germany, he worked i.a. as typographer and clerk and visited in the years 1992 – 1993 the journalist school in Munich. Since 1994 he works in Prague: until 1998 he was assistant editor-in-chief of Prager Zeitung, since 1999 he is correspondent of the Deutsche Presseagentur (dpa).


Václavské nám. 816/49
110 00 Prague


From: 11 Jan 2007 00:00
To: 26 Jan 2007 00:00


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