Past

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
October 21, 2011

The Wende Museum launched Breaking Stalin’s Nose, the debut novel by Eugene Yelchin, St. Petersburg-born and Los Angeles-based artist and author. The Museum also presented an exhibition of the artist’s dramatic graphite illustrations for the book.

Films
Filmkunst 66, Bleibtreustrasse 12, 10623 Berlin
October 12, 2011

To mark the 20th anniversary of German reunification in October 2010, The Wende Museum hosted an advanced, rough-cut screening of the documentary film One Germany: The Other Side of the Wall, produced by Gabriele Hayes and directed by Mark Hayes with support from The Wende Museum. The film explores the ongoing cultural impact of Germany’s reunification in 1990.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 12, 2011 - October 7, 2011

On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's groundbreaking 108-minute voyage around the Earth on the Vostok 1 rocket captured the entire world's fascination with space as the next frontier. His voyage with the Cedar call sign (referring to a Siberian pine) made Gagarin into a national hero. His flight was a landmark victory in a Space Race that served as a key ideological site for Cold War confrontation.

Films
Filmkunst 66, Bleibtreustrasse 12, 10623 Berlin
September 28, 2011

To mark the 20th anniversary of German reunification in October 2010, The Wende Museum hosted an advanced, rough-cut screening of the documentary film One Germany: The Other Side of the Wall, produced by Gabriele Hayes and directed by Mark Hayes with support from The Wende Museum.  The film explores the ongoing cultural impact of Germany’s reunification in 1990.

The film will be screened again in Berlin on Wednesday, October 12 at 8 PM at Filmkunst 66, Bleibtreustrasse 12, 10623 Berlin.

Special Events
The home of Synne Hansen Miller
August 7, 2011

The Summer Wende Salon presents Moscow-born and Los Angeles-based pianist Yana Reznik, playing a selection of works by Russian composers, including Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Scriabin.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 15, 2011

The Spring Salon presents a discussion about the Politics of Memory between the Romanian-born, LA-based artist Claudia “Cotrutza” French and Gail Kligman, professor of Sociology at UCLA.

Forums
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 12, 2011

Contemporary American artist Lawrence Gipe spoke with Andrew Jenks, associate professor of History, California State University, Long Beach about the appropriation of and fascination with Soviet myths and icons in contemporary art and culture.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
June 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011

The German Democratic Republic, founded in October 1949, invested considerable energy in its international relations. At first only recognized by the Eastern bloc states, the People's Republic of China and Korea, the GDR launched an initiative in the 1950s to establish diplomatic relations with countries in other parts of the world, especially in Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.

Films
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
March 26, 2011

The Wende Museum joins in presenting the 2nd Hungarian Documentary and Short Film Festival, sponsored by the Consulate General of Hungary in Los Angeles.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
January 27, 2011

The Consul General will discuss the fall of the Soviet Union, in general, and the January 20th massacre of civilians in Baku at the hands of the Soviet military.

Forums
The Wende Museum
January 6, 2011

The project “The Berlin Wall as a symbol of the Cold War: from an instrument of the SED’s domestic policy to an architectural monument of international significance” aims to document the remnants of the border installation from between 1961 and 1989/1990 as well as about 120 Berlin Wall memorials erected in many countries around the world.

Join Leo Schmidt, the head of this project at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, in a discussion about this new Geographic Information System at UCLA and an informal talk on the Berlin Wall as a place of cultural significance and a potential World Heritage site at The Wende Museum.

Exhibitions
Concordia University, Irvine, California
October 2, 2010 - October 30, 2010

In the exhibition Traces of Division/Signs of Unity, material artifacts and fragments offered a glimpse into East German culture, the dissolution of the GDR and the vote for unification in March 1990.  These artifacts represent images and icons that once inhabited public and private spaces, while also offering insight into the transformation of East German culture during the time between 1989 and 1990.

Special Events
The Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2010

Why do many Germans from the East still speak of themselves as "Ossis" and refer to their cousins from the West as "Wessis?" Will they ever really become one country?

Forums
Goethe Institut, Los Angeles, California
October 1, 2010

Justinian Jampol , Executive Director of The Wende Museum, spoke to students  who were receiving their German language qualifying certificates at the Goethe Institute, about how to look at the past in order to gain an understanding of the present.

Exhibitions
UC Santa Cruz, Elliot Page Smith Gallery
April 20, 2010 - June 15, 2010

Culled from The Wende Museum collection and curated by William Nickell, Lecturer in Russian at the UC Santa Cruz, this exhibition explored the culture of Soviet public health and collective leisure, focusing on the use of spas and workers clubs to promote political values.