Photos by Alan Pajer
The Foundation of Dagmar and Václav Havel VIZE 97 is preparing in association with the photographer Alan Pajer an exhibition of photographs mapping the life of President Václav Havel from 1989 to 2011. Alan Pajer is a long-term collaborator with the Foundation and was for many years one of the photographers who accompanied the president at many events and foreign journeys. The exhibition will feature close to 300 unique photographs. We bring you now a little virtual sampler of the exhibition. 
On 26.1.1993 Václav Havel was elected as the first-ever president of the Czech Republic. He confirmed this act by signing the oath of office.
Václav Havel at the Civic Forum HQ – the Špalíček building (November 89).
Dne 14. 12. 1989 oznamuje Václav Havel  z balkonu sídla OF občanům, že přijímá kandidaturu na prezidenta Československé republiky.
On 14.12.1989 Václav Havel announces from the Civic Forum HQ balcony that he would stand for the presidency of the Czechoslovak Republic.
On 25.4.1997 Václav Havel and Dagmar Havlová welcome at the Prague airport Pope John Paul II on his third visit to the Czech Republic.
During her visit to the Czech Republic English Queen Elizabeth II granted an unusual audience, a Boxer dog called Ďula. Václav Havel dared this ‘faux pas’ because he knew of the Queen’s predilection for keeping hunting dogs.
On 22.10.1998 Oxford University awarded to Václav Havel an honorary law doctorate.
Václav Havel in Prague’s Palace Lucerna at the premiere of his directing debut, the film ‘Leaving’, which he made according to this own screenplay (22.3.2011).
On 7.11.2005 on the occasion of Bob Dylan’s concert at Prague’s Sazka Arena  Bob Dylan invited Václav Havel and his wife Dagmar to his dressing room where they recalled Václav Havel’s first visit to the USA.
During the EU–USA Summit in Prague on 5.4.2009 Václav Havel met US President Barack Obama.
V srpnu 1990 přijal Václav Havel na pražském hradě „Stouny“. Tato akce proběhla u příležitosti historicky prvního koncertu The Rolling Stones v ČR.
In August 1990 Václav Havel received the ‘Stones’ at the Prague Castle. This event took place on the occasion of the first-ever concert of The Rolling Stones in the Czech Republic.
On 8.7.2002 at 15.30 Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived at the Prague airport for the historically first state visit to the Czech Republic.
Václav Havel brings Joan Baez a guitar on stage after twenty years. (In 1989 he was prevented from doing this by the secret police.)
After their victory at the Nagano Olympics the first person that the ‘golden boys’ came to show their gold medal was President Václav Havel.
In March 2001 Václav Havel showed round the Prague the famous American actor Bruce Willis with his daughters.
On 20.10.1998 the title page of The Times featured a photo of Queen Elizabeth II and the First Lady of the Czech Republic Dagmar Havlová. The paper informed about the reception of the President of the Czech Republic and his wife at a gala dinner in Buckingham Palace by English Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
On 18.11.1989 the first big demonstration was held in Václavské náměstí under the slogan ‘We have empty hands’ after the police operation against students in Národní třída, which had taken place on 17 November 1989.
On 5.4.2004 Václav Havel checks in his much-loved church of Saint Anna whether everything is ready for the presentation of the prize VIZE 97.
V září 1998, na závěr státní návštěvy prezidenta ČR Václava Havla s chotí  Dagmar v Bílém domě, si po slavnostní večeři, kterou pořádali Bill a Hillary Clintonovi, oba první páry spontánně zatancovaly rock’n’roll.
In September 1998, at the close of the state visit of the President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel and his wife Dgmar at the White House, after a gala dinner hosted by Bill and Hillary Clinton, the two First Pairs danced spontaneously  rock’n’roll.
A rare moment of rest for Václav Havel, drinking coffee and reading newspapers in his favourite coffee house Slavia.
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