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Jan 30, 2016 - Mar 6, 2016


This travelling documentary exhibition, curated by Joachim Dvořák is based on Peter Sís award winning book, “The Wall: Growing Up Behind The Iron Curtain”.


Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker.

The Exhibition encompasses illustrations, images and objects from the 1950’s -1980’s bearing testimony to Peter Sís life experience in Prague, Czechoslovakia during communism. It is installed in replicas of the old, red noticeboard cases that were used for communist propaganda at the time.

He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. Peter is an eight-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a two-time Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree, and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal twice. Peter’s books, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain were all named Caldecott Honor books by the American Library Association. The Wall was also awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal.

In addition, Peter Sís is the first children’s book illustrator to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. He was chosen to deliver the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture for the Association for Library Service to Children. Peter won the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. This award is considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature, given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People.


Czech and Slovak Cultural Center Bohemian Hall and Garden
29-19 24th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102

Peter Sís will be hosting two presentations at the Exhibition opening on JANUARY 30:

11:45 – 12:15: Presentation for children and parents in Czech

12:30: Presentation for the public in English. Followed by refreshments

There will be a book signing opportunity at both events.


Blanka Sylvester
Work: 718.440.3204/Cell: 201.496.4393


Organized by Czech Center New York, Czech and Slovak Cultural Center  under the auspices of the Consul General of the Czech Republic Martin Dvořák.



Czech and Slovak Cultural Center (Bohemian Hall and Garden), 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria


From: Jan 30, 2016
To: Mar 6, 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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