Art Basel Miami Beach

Czech War Photographs at the Freedom Tower

Often you have to look past the white tents and convention centers for the best work being shown during Basel week. Case in point, Invasion 68 Prague, a little show at the Miami Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Boulevard) that's easy to overlook.

Put together by Miami-Dade College and the Aperture Foundation in New York, Invasion 68 Prague is an exhibition of the photography of Josef Koudelka, who documented the 1968 invasion of Prague by Soviet and Warsaw Pact forces. The roughly sixty images capture the street-level perspective of a key moment in the 20th Century and many of them have never been exhibited before. More important than some collage by a kid who just graduated art school? Yeah, probably.

The opening reception is Tuesday, December 1 at 6 - 8 p.m. on the first floor at the Freedom Tower. The exhibition runs until February 6, 2010.

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