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The Wende Museum Collection

Founded in 2002, The Wende Museum is an historical archive, art museum and educational institution and a singular resource in the U.S. for research on daily, artistic, and intellectual life behind the Iron Curtain from 1945 to 1991. Named for the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende Museum collects and preserves art work, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in order to contribute to a better understanding of the Cold War past in its full complexity.

The Museum actively promotes scholarship by hosting and participating in conferences, contributing to publications, producing documentary films, and publishing books. The Wende provides research assistance to scholars, students, journalists, filmmakers, and teachers in multiple fields from around the world and works collaboratively with artists, authors, designers, and curators. Each year, the Museum receives numerous student groups and collaborates with regional university programs and faculty. Since 2004, the Wende has trained more than 100 undergraduate and graduate interns, preparing them for future opportunities through hands-on experience in planning exhibitions and programs as well as in museum and archival practices.

The Wende engages tens of thousands annually through tours of the museum’s galleries and vault, partnerships with other organizations, and public access to its Berlin Wall installation across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The Wende Museum is making its collection increasingly accessible by digitizing audiovisual materials, which will be made available here and through the museum's own website.

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Founded in 2002, The Wende Museum is an historical archive, art museum and educational institution and a singular resource in the U.S. for research on daily, artistic, and intellectual life behind the Iron Curtain from 1945 to 1991. Named for the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende Museum collects and preserves art work, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in order to contribute to a better understanding of the Cold War past in its full complexity.

The Museum actively promotes scholarship by hosting and participating in conferences, contributing to publications, producing documentary films, and publishing books. The Wende provides research assistance to scholars, students, journalists, filmmakers, and teachers in multiple fields from around the world and works collaboratively with artists, authors, designers, and curators. Each year, the Museum receives numerous student groups and collaborates with regional university programs and faculty. Since 2004, the Wende has trained more than 100 undergraduate and graduate interns, preparing them for future opportunities through hands-on experience in planning exhibitions and programs as well as in museum and archival practices.

The Wende engages tens of thousands annually through tours of the museum’s galleries and vault, partnerships with other organizations, and public access to its Berlin Wall installation across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The Wende Museum is making its collection increasingly accessible by digitizing audiovisual materials, which will be made available here and through the museum's own website.


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2015
Andrea Mills
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