The end of the 1980’s marked a crucial breaking point between the current democracy and the communist regime, that had been significantly stifling human freedom. The artists of the end of the 1980’s have created their works under the spirit of the changes to come with the Velvet Revolution. The FORUM’88 exhibition has not only showcased the works of the unofficial direction artists united by their political views but also the setting made it exceptional. Prague represented an art center where it was not possible for the artists refused by the regime to display officially.
The generation born after 1989 has had no chance to witness the atmosphere of the era. Not only for that reason is it important to remember the heritage of the Forum’88 exhibition today. Besides the art installations, sculptures, and paintings, the unique “art of environment” works which were a unique artists’ reaction to the space of the former slaughterhouse were to be seen in Hall no. 11. These objects, usually created out of unsteady materials especially for this occasion have faced divergent fates after the end of Forum’88. Many have perished, and these that have been preserved, we can find either in Czech or foreign art collections or in basements and attics and the artists’ studios. Today the original face of the works is to be seen in the original catalogue, and the atmosphere of the whole event can be supplemented by the documentary photographs by Hana Hamplová. The most notable contribution of today’s Forum’88 are interviews with the contemporary witnesses, artists and theorists which have been made especially for this occasion.