Larger-than-life bronze portrait "President VACLAV HAVEL" by Kurt Arentz.
President Vaclav Havel was honored during his first state visit to Germany in May with a bronze portrait bust by the German sculptor Kurt Arentz.
The ceremony took place in the Czech Embassy in Berlin. The event was initiated by the Czech Honorary Consul and Museum Director B. John Zavrel.
His Museum of European Art in Clarence, New York has cooperated with the Europaeische Kulturstiftung (The European Cultural Foundation) in Berlin and the Alexander Order for Art and Science in Paris.
President Havel said to Zavrel that the cultural cooperation between the countries is very important in supporting a better understanding among people. "This supports also our policy for a free and united Europe," emphasized Havel. He thanked Zavrel and the art organizations for their engagement. In further discussions with the German president Johannes Rau and the former presidents Roman Herzog and Richard von Weizsaecker Consul Zavrel announced bilateral and multilateral cultural events.
The sculptor Kurt Arentz is a leading artist in Europe. His works are in official collections of the German Government. Arentz also created the portraits of the US Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.
Museum director John Zavrel with President Vaclav Havel and the sculptor Kurt Arentz.
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