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Vaclav Havel: A Presidency In Pictures

With June 18 marking six months since the death of former Czechoslovak and Czech President Vaclav Havel, an exhibition has opened in Prague featuring pictures of the writer and dissident taken by CTK photographers from 1988 to 2011. The many previously unpublished images show some of the most interesting and intimate moments of Havel's eventful presidencies. Here are some photos from the exhibit, which runs until July 6.

Havel inspects the Royal Guard during a visit to Buckingham Palace, London, in March 1990. (Michal Krumphanzl)
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Havel inspects the Royal Guard during a visit to Buckingham Palace, London, in March 1990. (Michal Krumphanzl)

Havel (left) chats with the then-finance minister of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Klaus, in Brno in 1991. Klaus was to become one of Havel's bitterest political rivals, eventually succeeding him as Czech president in 2003. (Igor Zehl)
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Havel (left) chats with the then-finance minister of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Klaus, in Brno in 1991. Klaus was to become one of Havel's bitterest political rivals, eventually succeeding him as Czech president in 2003. (Igor Zehl)

Havel chats with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones while visiting Melbourne in 1995. At Havel's invitation, the Stones performed a landmark concert in Prague shortly after the collapse of communism in 1990. (Stanis Peska)
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Havel chats with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones while visiting Melbourne in 1995. At Havel's invitation, the Stones performed a landmark concert in Prague shortly after the collapse of communism in 1990. (Stanis Peska)

Sitting beneath the Czech flag, Havel enjoys the sun on a boat travelling to Bangkok while on a visit to Thailand in 1994. (Igor Zehl)
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Sitting beneath the Czech flag, Havel enjoys the sun on a boat travelling to Bangkok while on a visit to Thailand in 1994. (Igor Zehl)

Havel greets a Maori girl in the traditional tribal way during a visit to New Zealand in 1995. (Stanislav Peska)
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Havel greets a Maori girl in the traditional tribal way during a visit to New Zealand in 1995. (Stanislav Peska)

Havel struts his stuff with some Polynesian locals while visiting Easter Island in 1996. (Michal Krumphanzl)
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Havel struts his stuff with some Polynesian locals while visiting Easter Island in 1996. (Michal Krumphanzl)

A portrait photo taken of Vaclav Havel when he visited the Czech town of Jihlava in 2002. (Lubos Pavlicek)
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A portrait photo taken of Vaclav Havel when he visited the Czech town of Jihlava in 2002. (Lubos Pavlicek)

Havel, who was an ardent fan of rock music, greets the crowd at an open-air festival in the Bohemian town of Trutnov in 2007. The festival was dedicated to "Chief Havel," hence the headdress. (Alexandra Mlejnkova)
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Havel, who was an ardent fan of rock music, greets the crowd at an open-air festival in the Bohemian town of Trutnov in 2007. The festival was dedicated to "Chief Havel," hence the headdress. (Alexandra Mlejnkova)

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