Wende Museum: Transformations

Wende Museum Reopens doors to the public on May 1


“The Wende Museum is thrilled to announce that their doors open once again on May 1 with new and responsive safety protocols in place. Visitors will soon be able to experience our interior exhibitions as well as garden installations, all of which have been extended through Oct. 24.

On view now in the Taschen Family Gallery, Transformations: Living Room -> Flea Market -> Museum -> Art examines how a political watershed moment, the fall of the Berlin Wall, initiated a radical change in the perception of art and culture.

The show presents the metamorphosis of objects from everyday life through discarded flea market items to museum pieces, where they finally become sources of artistic inspiration. Transformations includes materials from the Getty Conservation Institute as well as works by contemporary artists Chelle Barbour, Ken Gonzales-Day, Farrah Karapetian, Richtje Reinsma, Daphne Rosenthal, Jennifer Vanderpool, and Bari Ziperstein.

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Ken Gonzales-Day, Monumental Vision: Labor/Lenin, 2020, Pigment print on vinyl. All items referenced in this work are from the collection of the Wende Museum

The series of (mostly) peaceful revolutions that took down the Berlin Wall effectively ended state socialism in Eastern Europe, and brought not just a political but also a material transformation. Countless people who lived through socialism discarded the household and consumer items they had lived with and loved or hated for many years, as they finally had access to higher-standard goods. Huge chunks of socialist material culture ended up in dumping grounds or flea markets. The Wende Museum was founded with the mission of safeguarding these materials from oblivion. But with historical distance and more critical feelings toward the realities of post-socialist society, historical memory took a new turn and people started to develop feelings of nostalgia. As a consequence, flea market items rose in price and prestige while the Wende Museum continued to collect them. This exhibition presents the metamorphosis of household and consumer goods from objects of everyday life to items in a museum collection, by way of flea markets, and invites contemporary artists to position them in the here and now.

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