Wende Museum Launches Collection and Exhibition Catalogs Online

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Major Resource for East European and Soviet Art and Artifacts 

Media Contacts:         

Justinian Jampol, Executive Director/Founder, The Wende Museum (310-216-1600, x302;jjampol@wendemuseum.org)
Donna Stein
, Deputy Director, The Wende Museum, (310-216-1600, x301; dstein@wendemuseum.org)

(Culver City, CA – June 20, 2016) – The Wende Museum of the Cold War is pleased to announce the launch of its online public access catalog with highlights from its collections, and online catalogs of recent exhibitions.

The online catalog [http://www.wendemuseum.org/collections/online-catalog] will feature objects of particular historical and artistic significance from the Museum’s collection of more than 100,000 unique artworks and artifacts. Prominent among these will be original documents from the East German border guards at Checkpoint Charlie; a large collection of counter-cultural Soviet poster designs from the period of glasnost and perestroika; Soviet hippie materials; East German hip-hop paraphernalia; Albanian artwork and historical witness interviews; Hungarian artwork and photography; East German home movies; and much more.

The Museum is also publishing online catalogs of its past and current exhibitions. Already available are “Communism for Dinner: Commemorative Plates,” “Face to Face: Portraits from the East Bloc,” “Artistic Collaborations in the Soviet Union and the GDR,” and “Facial Recognition.” [http://www.wendemuseum.org/programs/exhibition-catalogs]  

These efforts are the result of the Museum’s commitment to an open access policy that empowers people from around the world to engage with the Museum’s collection and programming. The online catalog will be expanded regularly. Additional online exhibition catalogs will be published on “Artistic Interpretations of the Cold War,” “PLAN” (in collaboration with ESMoA), and “Competing Utopias” (in collaboration with the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences).

The Wende Museum was founded in 2002 with a mission to preserve the art, cultural artifacts and personal histories of Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Located at 5741 Buckingham Parkway in Culver City, California, the Museum is open to the public every Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM or by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, call 310-216-1600 or go to www.wendemuseum.org