On November 12, 2016, an Embassy of the German Democratic Republic officially represented the perished East German state in Los Angeles for four hours.
Three Los Angeles-based contemporary artists with personal ties to Cold War Eastern Europe or the Soviet Union will be invited to design a multimedia installation at the Wende Museum’s exhibition galleries.
Developed in close collaboration with the El Segundo Museum of Art and its Chief Curator, Bernhard Zünkeler, this exhibition presents objects from the Wende collection relating to central planning in Eastern Europe in conjunction with artworks from the collection of ESMoA.
Justin Lifflander has lived and worked in Russia for nearly thirty years. He started in 1987 in Moscow as a driver-mechanic at the US embassy, then served as a missile inspector on the INF treaty in Votkinsk. He was an executive with Hewlett-Packard for two decades, after which he became business editor of The Moscow Times newspaper. His memoir, How Not to Become a Spy: A Memoir of Love at the End of the Cold War, was published in English in 2014 and in Russian at the end of last year.
An illuminated lecture performed by Yelena Zhelezov and Kate Dollenmayer, COLD WORM (time, auto-corrected) is a presentation of slides and films from the Cold War archives of the Wende Museum, projected in their original formats.
Netherlands-based and Romanian-born performance artist and theatre-maker Ioana Tudor will present “About how my emotions were stolen by the machine. While I was just sitting there, reading about my father,” in response to the exhibition Facial Recognition.
A lecture and Q&A by A. Ross Johnson, with an introduction by German Consul General in Los Angeles Hans Jörg Neumann
The exhibition explores the dynamics of artistic collaborations behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War period.
The exhibition presented people from the Eastern Bloc as they were portrayed in paintings and photographs during the Cold War era.
A project by Dutch visual artists Daphne Rosenthal and Richtje Reinsma from the Netherlands, with assistance of Chief Curator Joes Segal and kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
Selected from the Wende Museum’s vast collection of more than 1,200 pieces, this exhibition tells the story of the GDR through the lens of its commemorative plates.
Meet Bond’s villains, uncover their evil schemes, and explore their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit at The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. See over 100 film artifacts from the archives of EON Productions, the Bond film producers. Featuring items from The Wende Mueseum's collection.
In collaboration with Berlin and Los Angeles artists Sonya Schönberger and Friedrich Kunath, acclaimed conceptual artist Christof Zwiener appropriated an architecturally typical guardhouse from the parking lot of the East German news agency, known by the acronym ADN. In response to imminent destruction of the ADN headquarters and guardhouse in the wake of a frantic rush to get rid of a dark past, Zwiener rescued the guardhouse and transformed it into mobile site-specific installations, exploring themes of media, surveillance, propaganda, and the military.