September 28, 2021
Closed on October 24, there is still time to discover Wende’s current exhibitions.
The arc of the exhibition Transformations: Salon -> Flea market -> Museum -> Art is a journey from everyday use to artifact status. The “living room” setting showing the placement of such humble objects as crockery and furniture begins the movement through time and space. A flea market / trunk sale centers the narrative, showing what were once treasured household items on display from card tables and car trunks to anyone who might want to use them. The Elevation to Museum Rooms features video installations as a commentary and a newly designed frame that takes the objects to the status of artefacts.
See your neighbor’s offers a duo of photographers showing two different views of East Germany, only a few years apart. Joined by subject and separated by perspective, Thomas Hoepker and Harald Schmitt photograph grocery stores and military parades with a sharp and insightful focus. The two employees of Back magazine, they had very different experiences with the GDR. The first was Thomas Hoepker, who covered East Germany from 1975 to 1976. He was less than happy with East Berlin, and when BackManagement offered him a chance to move to New York, he gladly accepted. His successor, Harald Schmitt, began to Back in 1977. Unlike Hoepker, Schmitt enjoyed life in East Germany, stayed there for over six years, and married an East German conservative. Seeing their works exhibited side by side opens up another dimension beyond mere comparison.
The Wende Museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and parking.
No prior reservation required.
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