om two complementary collections of post-war Hungarian art and ephemera, this exhibition offers a new look at a distinct time and place in history and art history,” said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute.
“The exhibition reveals the creative and sometimes subversive ways people lived, resisted, made art, and nurtured a complex culture beneath and beyond official doctrine,” said Wende Museum’s founder and director Justinian Jampol.
Cold War Hungary, aligned with the Soviet Union since 1948, was bordered by four Eastern bloc countries and Austria to the west. The exhibition’s name “Promote, Tolerate, Ban” refers to the cultural policy to which Hungary’s art and culture were subjected to after a 12-day uprising against Soviet rule in 1956.
“Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary” juxtaposes remarkable artworks, pioneering films, and vibrant everyday materials from advertisements to political posters to scrapbooks to explore how artists responded to the contradictory social, political, and cultural conditions of Hungary between 1956 and 1989. These provocative artworks masked a double standard — while promoting ideals of socialist progress and a modern lifestyle, the regime ruled through manipulation, censorship and propaganda.
The exhibition will be on view from May 20 through August 26, 2018, at the Wende Museum of the Cold War, 10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230, USA.
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Founder Louise Blouin