The exhibition Claus Bach's View of Weimar presents scenes of East German (GDR) everyday life that may seem typical, yet show how people gave individual meaning to their lives within the larger socialist collective. They capture prosaic experiences and at the same time, reflect on them. These images also provide views into the immediate post-Wall period in the GDR. This is the first time Claus Bach's work is being shown outside of Germany.
The work of the irreverent East German photographer Claus Bach is the subject of the exhibition Claus Bach’s Views of Weimar currently on display at The Wende Museum through June 2013. Weimar has been the locus for the debate on the legacy of East German art and in 2012 Bach was one of four photographers featured in a comprehensive survey on GDR visual media. Virginia Heckert, J. Paul Getty Museum Curator; Wolf Gruner, USC History Professor; and Brechtje Beuker, UCLA German Professor, will explore whether Bach’s photographs are contemporary art, cultural documents or ‘just’ East German photography -- or perhaps something else completely.
Soviet artists, writers and ideologues successfully created a new grammar of universality, one that promised the world equitable modernization, rapid industrialization, economic equality, the creation of a welfare state, and liberation of women from the patriarchal family. Explore how these revolutionary ideas became embedded in innovative art forms through a selection from the collection of The Wende Museum.
The exhibition Red Threads: Selections from The Wende Museum's Textile Collection highlights the Museum's fashion and textile collection offers a unique perspective into these industries and the uneven development of consumerism in Cold War-era Eastern Europe.
READINGS | Angela Thompson and Ana Tajder
USC-Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Reception to follow the program
The Fall Salon will present a special evening of conversation about secretive and unfamiliar objects, places and subjects. Photographer Taryn Simon, in conversation with Peter Tokofsky, Education Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum, will discuss her work Contraband (2010), an archive of global desires and perceived threats, presenting 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad.
In response to the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall on August 13, the Wende Museum presented “Across the Wall” at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. The exhibition displays high-quality reproductions of sixteen portrait paintings from the former Soviet Union in the museum’s collection.
Join Consul General Hon. Wolfgang Drautz and Michael Cramer, Member of the European Parliament, for a conversation about what the Wall has come to mean for a younger generation of Germans and tourists of Berlin as well as the ways in which the Wall is still very much a part of Berlin's urban policies and LA's City landscape (referring to the Wende Museum's 10 Berlin Wall segments at 5900 Wilshire).
In collaboration with the Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War will present Deconstructing Perestroika, the first major exhibition in the United States of hand-painted Soviet-era political posters that were inspired by a new government policy of transparency in the former Soviet Union. Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the former super power’s demise in December 1991, this exhibition highlights some of the key political and cultural shifts that defined the era and ultimately led to the fall of the Soviet Union.
Join Dr. Ljiljana Grubisic, Director of Collections & Public Programs, for an insider's look at The Wende Museum. Learn more about the museum's unique collection of Cold War artifacts including its selection of posters featured in Deconstructing Perestroika.
The Wende Museum's original Berlin Wall segments, on permanent display at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. (The Variety Building), were selected as one of 30 sites across the Southland for the city-wide installation project, Play Me, I'm Yours, organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the British artist Luke Jerram.
My Perestroika tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, the film reveals a Russia rarely ever seen.
The Spring Salon presented Ask Me More about Brecht: Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge, a special performance, music and cultural history by Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements.
Please join Vitaly Komar as he comments extemporaneously on selected images from The Wende Museum’s collection of Perestroika-era hand painted poster artworks, a few of which are currently on view as part of The Wende’s “Deconstructing Perestroika” exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.