Karel Haloun’s poster for the Rolling Stones concert in Prague in 1990
In August 1990, there was a Rolling Stones concert at Strahov Stadium in Prague. More than 100,000 people were in attendance and the band were introduced by President Václav Havel: “From the starry sky, the Rolling Stones descended to our republic.” Before the concert, there was an informal audience of the group with President Havel at Prague Castle. The concert became one of the iconic events following the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and was then seen by a considerable part of the public as a symbolic, definitive confirmation of the change of political and social situation. Karel Haloun, an important Czech artist connected to the music scene who produced posters and LP covers for Czechoslovak music bands in the 1980s and 1990s, was a non-playing member of the music bands Jasná páka and Hudba Praha (very popular bands of the Prague club scene in the 1980s), created a poster for this concert. The poster in a typical “Haloun” style was not, however, from business-legal reasons used to promote concert in the end. It is now a rare item in the collection of the Popmuseum in Prague. The poster was presented to the public in 2011 in the exhibition “Přišli včas (i s křížkem po funuse)” (They came in time, they even locked the barn door after the horse bolted) about concerts of famous foreign bands in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic between 1990 and 1995.
Bělohorská 201/150, 169 00 Praha 6 - Břevnov, Czech Republic
- Bárta, Jan
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