Palach 2019​​​​​​​


Visual campaign and graphics for National Museum commemorating 50th anniversary of Jan Palachs self–immolation.
Jan Palach was a Czech student of history and political economy at Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. His sacrifice was a political protest against the regime. Palach felt deeply embittered by the sociopolitical situation at that time — caused mainly by the end of the Prague Spring resulting from the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies. Representing respectfully Jan Palachs legacy, the banners were used during Palach Week in January 2019 to commemorate 50th anniversary of his self–immolation. This project included three dark blue banners on the historical building of the National Museum in Prague — only meters away from where Jan Palach committed his tragic protest. ​​​​​​​
Representing respectfully Jan Palachs legacy, banners were displayed on the front of the main building during Palach Week in January to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his tragic sacrifice.
A portrait from the middle banner was, like the most of my works, hand–drawn and digitally traced afterwards. It felt natural to also use the artwork for the main poster design and banners throughout the whole campaign. Due to a relative lack of photographs of Jan Palach — only a handful publicly available being more or less known notoriously — the artwork is a combination of an imagination and several period–correct photos. Rather than going for a somehow predictable en face — which was already used for the last years anniversary posters — Ive drawn a couple of profile portraits.

Client
National Museum in Prague
Discipline
CampaignIllustration, Visual Identity
Photography
Ondřej Deml, Zbyněk Pecák, Martin Divíšek, Barbara Zelená,
Adam David
Completed
2019