Adrian de Vries’s “The Wrestlers”

Adrian de Vries's 'Wrestlers,' photo credit Caleb Crain

A photograph from 1990 or 1991 of Adrian de Vries’s sculpture Zápasníci (“The Wrestlers”), in the Wallenstein Gardens, Prague.

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PS: This is the last of the extra illustrations!

A delicatessen

A delicatessen in Prague, 1990 or 1991, photo Caleb Crain

A photograph from 1990 or 1991 of a delicatessen in Prague.

This photo happens to be one that I took myself, but it reminds me that I ought to direct readers to the work of the photographer Iren Stehli, whose images of Prague streets, shops, and store windows from the 1970s through the 1990s beautifully evoke the era.

Václav Havel famously wrote an essay, “The Power of the Powerless,” that focuses on the moral dilemma of a shop-owner who feels obliged to decorate his store’s window with Communist paraphernalia. Stehli took the picture of that shop-window, as well as of intimate moments of life under socialism in Czechoslovakia. Her website displays a generous sample of her work, and the Czech publisher Torst has issued a lovely monograph of her images.

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A ticket to Stalin’s monument

An admission ticket to an art installation inside Stalin's monument, 1990

An admission ticket to an art installation called “Totalitarian Zone,” which was held inside the pedestal of what was once Stalin’s monument in Prague. Dated 18–31 October 1990. I’m pretty sure that’s the space shuttle.

There’s a lovely poster for the same event on the Facebook page of Linhart’s Foundation, which was one of the event’s producers. My thanks to the translator Alex Zucker for pointing the poster out to me.

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Ladislav Šaloun’s statue of Rabbi Loew

Ladislav Šaloun's statue of Rabbi Loew, photo credit Caleb Crain

A photograph from 1990 or 1991 of Ladislav Šaloun’s statue of Rabbi Loew, also known as the Maharal, and according to legend the creator of the Golem.

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“What’s Your Hurry?” by David Černý

David Černý's Quo Vadis, photo Anne Karen de Tournemire, 1990

A photo by Anne-Karen de Tournemire of David Černý’s sculpture Quo Vadis, which in 1990 was often referred to by a Czech phrase that roughly translates as “What’s Your Hurry?”

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