2016

My Diary - Your News - Daniela Comani: It was me. My Diary 1900–1999 in the Context of the 1956 Revolution in the Western World
2016, October 19 - 2016, November 27

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Goethe-Institut Budapest, in cooperation with the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, presents My diary - Your news.

It was a deliberate decision to present the exhibition with a perspective that looks back at the days of the revolution from the outside. On one hand in time: the Berlin based Artist, Daniela Comani’s large size art installation entitled It was me. My Diary 1900–1999 depicts the whole of the 20th century through 365 entries of an imaginary diary, while constantly forcing the viewer to take the position of the principal actor. On the other hand we position ourselves outside Hungary to reflect upon the events of 60 years ago. How did the media in other capitals react to the events...

 
Olympics and Politics - Berlin/Barcelona 1936
2016, June 23 - 2016, August 28

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Berlin Summer Olympics and the Olimpíada Popular, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives presents the exhibition Olympics and Politics – Berlin / Barcelona 1936, which examines how these international sporting events became the terrains for ideological and physical battles in the heavily politicised 1930s, and how the two Games acquired different political significance. Using archival sources (newsreel footage, films, photos, etc.), the exhibition views the two-week spectacle of the Berlin Games through the lenses of its counterpart, the Workers’ Olympics, and the war the Nazi ideology so pompously and magnificently promoted through its Olympics.

In the summer of 1936, two European cities planned to host major sport...

 
Some Kind of Opposition
2016, March 11 - 2016, May 1

An exhibition by Axel Braun based on films by Ádám Csillag and Fekete Doboz

Committee secretary János Berecz . . . spoke of a 'certain group' which was 'moving in the direction of some kind of opposition'.

The artistic research project revisits the unresolved controversy about the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Dam System, a disputed infrastructure project that was partly established along the Danube in Hungary and Slovakia since 1977.

The exhibition traces the activities of Duna Kör (Danube Circle) – one of the first environmental initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe – and its substantial role as a civic movement during the years of regime change in Hungary. Video footage from the 1980s and early 90s by documentary...