Cover Osteuropa 7/2008

In Osteuropa 7/2008

"Aimless Walk"
Culture in the Czech Lands during the 1960s

Tomáš Glanc

Deutsche Fassung


The creativity and diversity of Czech culture in 1960s are legendary. Their specific intentions and effects cannot be reduced to the Prague Spring: The temporary suspension of censorship played an important role for politically oriented artists. However, the rejection of any kind of political programme in art was both defining and typical of this phase. The traditionally important "Czech question" also receded into the background. It was precisely in film, which depended greatly on state funding, that this renunciation of programmatic content was especially conspicuous.

(Osteuropa 7/2008, pp. 109–118)