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Exhibition and symposium in Oradea on 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War

On 10 October 2014, an exhibition “Art in trenches of the First World War” was opened and a related symposium was held in the Oradea City Hall.

The exhibition was opened by Tomáš Vostrý, Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, together with Valentin Tanase, curator of the Art studio of the Romanian Army, at the presence of Ovidiu Muresean, Vice-Mayor of Oradea. Among approx. 60 guests there were representatives of local institutions, historians, journalists, students and general public. In his speech, T. Vostrý pointed out that “with this exhibition we want to recall all victims and participants in the First World War regardless of which side they fought for.

A Czech part of the the exhibition was prepared in collaboration of the Embassy of the Czech Republic with the Military History Institute in Prague and a Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The exposition involves – among others – works of the following artists: František Kupka, Otto Gutfreund, Emil Filla, Jan Štursa, Václav Špála, Josef Váchal, Vincenc Beneš, Ladislav Šíma and Vojtěch Preissig. A Romanian part of the exhibition was prepared by the Art studio of the Romanian Army and the National Military Museum “Ferdinand I” from Bucharest.

T. Vostrý also addressed a symposium dedicated to 100th anniversary of the break of the First World War in the Big Hall of the Oradea City Hall, which was attended by local historians, university professors,representatives of cultural institutions as well as about 90 secondary and university students and general public.

During his visit to Oradea T. Vostrý had a meeting with a Vice-Mayor O. Muresean, general manager of the Oradea industrial park D. Ungur and executive manager of the Foundation for Protecting Historical Monuments in Bihor A. Lupsea about options for economic and cultural cooperation between the Czech Republic and Oradea.