Paneland: Czechoslovakia’s Great House Experiment

22 November 2017 - 25 March 2018

Paneland: Czechoslovakia’s Great House Experiment

Place Museum of Applied Arts, Husova 14, 662 26 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer The Moravian Gallery in Brno
More info http://www.moravska-galerie.cz/moravska-galerie/vystavy-a-program/aktualni-vystavy/2017/paneland.aspx

Czech historiography views the term “normalisation” primarily as a designation of the process which, after the forcible suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968, was to completely eliminate the influence of the political and intellectual elites who stood behind efforts and revitalisation in Czechoslovakia. Normalisation tends to be connected with political purges, a subsequent wave of emigration, censorship, oppression and restrictions of all kinds. Another connotation which the term invokes is the effort by the party leadership to ensure the saturation of communist consumer society with the massive construction of prefab housing estates, the manufacture of cars and the production of TV entertainment programmes. On the other hand, this period can also be perceived as a big social experiment which brought a huge portion of the population into changed living and social conditions to which it was necessary to respond - both on the part of the people themselves and party functionaries and experts.