The curatorial department of the Wende Museum of the Cold War is inviting scenic painters to contribute to our upcoming exhibition Transformations: Living Room –> Flea Market –> Museum –> Experimentation, which will open April 26 and run through October 4, 2020.
This exhibition aims to show how items take on a radically new meaning, value, and interest when they are put in different contexts, moved through time and space, or overtaken by history. It consists of four sections, each of which highlights a specific context: living room, flea market, museum, and space for experimentation. Using artifacts from the collection, the exhibition will feel like an elaborate art installation. The four sections constitute their own universe, with a particular style and atmosphere for each. Wall paintings will help define the four spaces in a slightly surrealist fashion, pointing to contradictions and ambiguities of history.
We are envisioning a series of mural paintings for each section, enhancing and complicating the experience of the space. The living room mural can be a continuation of the interior space with windows looking out on the Berlin Wall or an East German cityscape; the flea market might set the scene in an urban or rural context; the museum might evoke the atmosphere of a Baroque palace. All these ideas can be discussed during work meetings.
The scenic painter will be invited to the museum to view the gallery space and discuss display details. The Wende may decide to choose a different painter for each of the four sections, or one for the exhibition as a whole. The timeline will be discussed, as well as whether the scenic painting will happen as murals during deinstall week, or whether will be painted beforehand on fabric backdrops offsite.
Applicants send a letter of interest with CV and work samples before January 10, 2020. The applicant will work with the Wende Museum’s curatorial staff to develop ideas and designs. Designs should be finalized in early March. Installation Period: current exhibitions deinstall and start of painting April 6-10, installation April 13-22.
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About Wende Museum
The mission of the Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, and explore its enduring legacy.
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;
- challenges and engages the public through experimental exhibitions and interdisciplinary programming inspired by the collection;
- illuminates the past and informs the present through creative collaborations with contemporary artists and designers; and
- promotes rigorous scholarship, educates students, and stimulates general interest through lectures, symposia, and publications.