Join us at the ICC Gallery on November 16, on the eve of the Slovakian Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, and explore works by Slovakian artists who worked in the 1920s. To celebrate the holiday, tickets for Košice Modernism exhibition will be available for concessions price. At 16.00 and 17.00 explore the exhibition during our special guided tours.
November 17; Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day – the holiday commemorates student manifestations that took place on November 17, 1989 in the Czech Republic, predominantly in the Wenceslas Square in Prague, when students expressed their opposition against communist authorities. This date is considered the beginning of the “Velvet Revolution,” a period of political transition, which led to the emergence of two independent states: the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovakia. Students selected the date for the manifestation intentionally, referring to the events of autumn 1939; on October 28 of that year, Prague students organised a manifestation commemorating the 21st anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia (this state was officially brought to life on October 28, 1918), expressing their opposition against the Nazi occupation. The Nazis opened fire against the protesters, killing Jan Opletal, a student of medicine. His funeral, which took place on November 15, turned into a large political protest. The SS dispersed the crowd and arrested a number of people, while Czech universities were closed. In reference to those events, on November 17, 1989, Czech students (mostly in Prague) took to the streets to protest against the totalitarian regime. At present, November 17 is a day of national commemoration both in the Czech Republic as well as in Slovakia.