In The News

Carolyn Lyons - The Times of London - Aug 09, 2011
David Ng - Los Angeles Times: Culture Monster - Jul 21, 2011
George Wolfe - Otis College of Art and Design Alumni Magazine - Jun 01, 2011
David C. Engerman - Humanities - May 15, 2011

The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War offers priceless insight into how people lived under communism, and how they came to challenge it. Some items in the museum recall the overstuffed apartments of Muscovites, replete with ceramic plates celebrating the 1980 Moscow Olympics and multivolume editions of the writings of everyone from Karl Marx to Jack London. Other items speak about the dramatic changes of the late 1980s. Take, for instance, an eight-inch plaster bust of Vladimir Lenin mass-produced in the German Democratic Republic in the 1960s. What makes this particular bust unusual is the paint job it received—in neon pink and turquoise—during protests against the Communist regime in the fall of 1989. Lenin’s figure had gone from being a ubiquitous part of East German everyday life to being a symbol of protest.

Anke Kapels - Geo Saison - May 01, 2011
Anna Stothard - The Observer - Mar 27, 2011
Trevor Summons - San Bernadino Sun - Mar 26, 2011
Jim Gilbert - Curating Los Angeles - Jan 24, 2011
Gordon Fairclough and Veronika Gulyas - Wall Street Journal - Dec 09, 2010

More than 20 years after the collapse of communism here, Hungary's government is holding a vast rummage sale, auctioning off socialist-era paintings, sculptures and photographs that have been gathering dust in storage. The proceeds will be used to help clean up after another reminder of central planning: an industrial accident that in October left villages in western Hungary flooded with caustic red sludge—waste from a once state-owned aluminum factory.

Antonia Rassow - Leipzig Volkszeitung - Oct 22, 2010
Libby Molyneaux - LA Weekly - Sep 30, 2010
Gabor Kaleta - Múlt-kor - Aug 06, 2010

A review of the museum from a Hungarian website.