Urban warfare without a victor. The General Czechoslovak Exhibition in Prague in 1991
The General Czechoslovak Exhibition of 1991 was held in Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice from 15 May to 28 October. Under the banner “The World We Want to Live in”, it sought to commemorate the grandiose General Land Centennial Exhibition, which was held in the same venue in 1891. It was also meant to present the state of Czech and Slovak manufacturing, agriculture, environment, arts and style, and attract large audiences from among both the general public and international business. Although the idea of the centennial exhibition had been raised by the previous Communist government, the practical arrangements for it were only implemented in the frantic months following the Velvet Revolution. As this took place at the beginning of the economic and political transformation, the concept of the event, and the funding and organization of it, were affected by the changing economic conditions and new political conflicts and tensions − between the federal, republic and municipal levels of decision-making, and between the interests of public representative bodies and the commercial exploitation of the post-Communist city.
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