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“Minisalon” “Impermanent Places”

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Ten years ago, under the auspices of the Jazz Section in Prague (a dissident organization of musicians, artists, and writers), rebellious graphic designer Joska Sklanik, a member of the Section, began a project called the “Minisalon,” in which he invited some 300 artists from Czechoslovakia to produce an image in a small, square wooden box that he provided. He imposed no other restrictions. Sklanik had hoped to exhibit these boxes and to publish a complete catalogue, but for the next ten years he was unable to mount the exhibition, at first because of the political assault launched on the Section’s activities by the Communist government, and later, following the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989, because of lack of funding for exhibitions in post-Communist Czechoslovakia. A few years ago, though, the Czech government declared the “Minisalon” a “national treasure,” and recently the project

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