Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture

The Wende Museum
The Armory, Culver City, California
May 20 - August 26, 2018

Hippie Ship

For the past ten years, British cultural historian Juliane F├╝rst has researched a topic that has never been consistently addressed before; the history and culture of Soviet hippies in the 1970s and 1980s. Hippies represented the most widespread and pervasive counter-culture in the Soviet Union. Maintaining an elaborate network between regional centers, they experimented with alternative life styles, liberating themselves from the constraints of imposed culture. The exhibition highlights the power of idiosyncrasy in the very heart of the socialist empire. In collaboration with the Archive of Modern Conflict, The Wende Museum has acquired the material culture (personal documents, photos, posters, videos, clothes, and paraphernalia) from this period that would otherwise have been lost forever. Together with the exhibition, a special website will be developed with support from Bristol University that presents the project online and offers access to the sources.