This unique private collection of Jindřich Štreit, a well-known photographer, curator and collector of largely unofficial 20th-century art, mainly contains the materials of unofficial exhibitions he held in Sovinec, as well as his own photographs and works and photographs of several dozen artists. The exhibitions in Sovinec were unique occasions for exhibitions of these artists who otherwise were not allowed to exhibit in Czechoslovakia, as well as for foreign and exile artists invited by Štreit. Secret police often attended these exhibitions, and on several occasions, the exhibitions were also cancelled.
- Sovinec, okr. Bruntál, Czech Republic
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The collection reveals the life and work of the famous Lithuanian theatre director Jonas Jurašas. He was expelled from the position of director of the Kaunas State Drama Theatre in 1972. Jurašas did not agree to work under the proposed conditions of ‘Soviet theatre director’. He expressed his own view of what kind of working conditions and rights artists, and specifically theatre directors, should have. His terms were rejected by Soviet cultural administrators. Jurašas became unemployed, and had to endure poor living conditions. He and his family were among the first people in Soviet Lithuania to request permission to emigrate to the West, and received it from the Soviet government.