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6 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017


Gallery of the Czech Centres cordially invites you to the exhibition focused on the work of Otte Wallish.

Wallish was a Czech emigre to Israel who established himself as a graphic designer and contributed to the symbolic self-representation of the Jewish state. He was responsible for the calligraphy and design of the scroll for Israel's Declaration of Independence.

In 1948, too, Wallish took the lead in designing Israel's first postage stamps. He chose a design based on ancient coins, found in archaeological research on the First Jewish-Roman War and the Bar Kochba Revolt. He also designed the first day cover for the stamps' first usage on the first business day after Independence was declared, Sunday, May 16, 1948. Since the name of the state had not yet been determined during the design and secretive printing of the stamps, they were designed with the name Doar Ivri ("Hebrew mail") rather than Israel, the name found on all subsequent postage issues.

“The event is held under the auspices of the Embassy of the State of Israel in the Czech Republic“

Accompanying Programme

19. 4. 2017 at 5 pm
Lecture on Sionistic scouting in interwar Czechoslovakia – Jitka Radkovičová

25. 4. 2017 at 5 pm
Happy birthday, Otte! – Guided tour with the exhibition’s curator - PhDr. Eva Janáčová, Ph.D.





Gallery of the Czech Centres

Rytířská 31
Praha 1

Opening hours Mo – Fri 11 am – 6 pm | Sat 11 am – 5 pm



Rytířská 31, 110 00 Praha 1, Česká republika


From: 6 Apr 2017
To: 29 Apr 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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