Current

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
Thursday, January 1, 2009 - Friday, June 30, 2017

The exhibition Facing the Wall: Living With the Berlin Wall reflects upon larger issues of the human impact of the Cold War and the activities, behaviors and opinions of those living in those tumultuous times.  It traces the personal stories of four individuals: a West Berlin wall painter, Thierry Noir, an East German border guard Peter Bochmann, a day visitor from the West Alwin Nachtweh, and a former East German Stasi officer Hagen Koch.  Exploring the complex, interconnected and often contradictory nature of history seen through the lenses of these four individuals living at the Wall, this exhibition recreates the place where the realities of political ideology and personal experience came face to face. 

Exhibitions
Online Exhibition
Friday, August 9, 2013 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Through a survey of fine art, posters, menus, and films, Dinner Party Politics: Food Culture in Eastern Bloc Countries examines the ideological goals, gender roles, and individual desires expressed by the production and consumption of food in socialist countries during the Cold War.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Political power relations, economic structures, and cultural ideas impact the way we experience, envision, and structure our environment. The Cold War, with its strict division between ‘East’ and ‘West’ both in physical and ideological terms, is a case in point. To a certain extent, Cold War history can be read as a history of spatial relations. This exhibition explores the spatial characteristics of Cold War era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in ten sections: public space; private space; work space; border space; secret space; ideological space; alternative space; outer space; shared space; and changing space.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Vessel of Change” is a video installation by artist and filmmaker Bill Ferehawk, who also edited The Wende Museum documentary “Collecting Fragments”, and multimedia designer David Hartwell. Ferehawk and Hartwell developed their video for the museum, which playfully reinterprets the Malta Summit of December 1989 between Presidents George Bush Sr. and Mikhail Gorbachev, symbolically sealing the end of the Cold War. The summit took place on a ship in wild waters in front of the harbor of Marsaxlokk. In this case, the museum becomes the ship that metaphorically anchors the end of the Cold War in Los Angeles. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Photography exhibition by Nathan Farb, based on a trip he took in 1977 to Novosibirsk as a host of the American exhibition Photography USA, part of a cultural exchange program under President Carter’s administration. 

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

The Wende Museum and the Getty Research Institute (GRI) are combining their rich and complementary Hungarian collections to convey the story of Hungary’s visual culture between the 1956 uprising in Budapest and the end of the regime in 1989. 

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

For the past ten years, British cultural historian Juliane Fürst 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.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018

Resulting from a close collaboration between The Wende Museum and the London-based Wellcome Library, this exhibition will address the various layers of mutual suspicion, fear and mistrust between the Soviet Bloc and the Western world, and its impact on the lives of everyday people.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Wende Museum will invite contemporary artists to interpret the present through the lens of Cold War history, using the museum’s collection as a point of reference.

Exhibitions
The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019

In 2014, curators Yevgeniy Fiks and Stamatina Gregory organized the exhibition “Monument to Cold War Victory” in New York’s Cooper Union, the result of an international competition they initiated, inviting artists to reflect on the question why there is no monument to Cold War victory, and how such a monument might look like if it would exist. The submissions were judged by a team of high-ranking international artists, curators and scholars, among whom Susan Buck-Morss, Boris Groys, and Vitaly Komar. Fiks and Gregory are collaborating with The Wende Museum to present the second iteration of this exhibition, for which the participating artists will present works that reflect the context of Los Angeles. All of the artworks inspire reflection on the character of the Cold War and its topical meaning. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ballet was part of the high drama of the “culture wars,” as the US and USSR jockeyed for position during the Cold War. The Soviet Union produced some of the greatest dancers the world has ever known, with the Bolshoi and Kirov companies as standard bearers. But there were also painful losses, such as the defections of star dancers Nureyev, Makarova, and Baryshnikov, and the stifling of dance innovation during a time of great creativity in the West. How did the culture wars fit into the larger context of Soviet and American ballet, and the place of dance in Soviet life?

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Sunday, August 25, 2019

Organized in collaboration with British-Slovenian media historian Sabina Mihelj and British cultural historian Susan Reid, this exhibition focuses on the impact of Cold War-era television programming in Eastern and Western Europe on private lives.