Named for the Wende (pronounced “venda”), a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende Museum collects and preserves artwork, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Cold War–era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union relating to the period 1945–1991.
Recognizing the Wende Museum’s growing stature since its foundation in 2002, the City of Culver City has provided the 1949 National Guard Armory building and grounds to the Museum for 75 years.
Artists reference the Museum collection and interpret the present through the lens of Cold War history
How such a monument might look if it existed
Domestic TV programming on both sides of the iron Curtain
Attempts by artists, writers and filmmakers to substantiate and critique the dominant rhetoric
Works sketch a critical, sometimes highly ironic, picture of communism
Works filled with criticism and irony in the style of American Pop Art and Soviet Sots Art
Comprehensive series of haunting relics of panic and fear
Images record the 1960s and ’70s travels of Tito and his wife