Miroslav Hanzelka celebrates his birthday in Pardubice

Miroslav Zikmund, who travelled the world in Tatra cars in the middle of the last century, will celebrate his 88th birthday in Pardubice on Wednesday, February 14. Their expeditions resulted in a number of eye-catching travel reports and many photographs. Black and white photographs from the travels of the famous couple Hanzelka and Zikmund will be exhibited from 14 February to 15 April in the premises of the East Bohemian Gallery of Pardubice in The House near Jonah. On Wednesday afternoon, those interested can also see the cars with which Hanzelka and Zikmund conquered the world on Pernštýn Square.

“A collection of 284 photographs from both expeditions by Mr. Hanzelka and Mr. Zikmund was created in 2003 for an exhibition in Pilsen. Since then, she has traveled to many cities, for example, she came to Pardubice from Košice. Everywhere she had great acclaim and broke visitor records,” said radovan Kodera, curator of the exhibition. Many of the images that the creators have included in the collection have never been published before. “The exhibition is a great event, as it presents both masters not only as travelers, but especially as important photographers, to which they undoubtedly belong”, added the curator.

On their first expedition, friends Hanzelka and Zikmund went 60 years ago. Between 1947 and 1950, they toured Africa and South America in the Tatra 87, and from 1959 to 1964 they toured Asia, Australia and Oceania. Because of criticism of economic and social decline in the then Soviet Far East, they were banned from travel since the early 1970s. Until then, however, Hanzelka and Zikmund had visited more than 100 countries together. They wrote a number of books and made four feature films and about 150 short documentaries. Their travelogues have been translated into eleven languages.

Miroslav Zikmund arrives in Pardubice on February 14 by train. However, the Tatra 87 will take it from the station with all its glory, which is an exact copy of the car that Czech travellers have travelled through Africa and South America. “Tatra 805 will be waiting on Pernštýn Square. It’s one of two cars they used in their second expedition. Around 1990, Karel Loprais discovered its wreck somewhere and repaired it to its original form at its own expense,” added Radovan Kodera..

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