Upcoming Exhibitions @ the Wende – Vietnam in Transition, David Bowie in the USSR

The Wende Museum is temporarily closed while our staff is hard at work on installing our upcoming exhibitions, opening April 1!

One of these exhibitions is Vietnam in Transition, 1976 – Present, which focuses on contemporary art from post-reunification Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora community, reflecting on the memory and trauma of their recent history. This show will feature the most contemporary art of any exhibition the Wende has ever had!

Additionally, our West Gallery will feature David Bowie in the Soviet Union, a look at the musician’s 1973 trip on the Trans-Siberian Express using photographs taken by his childhood friend and band member Geoff MacCormack. This exhibition provides rare glimpses of both an unguarded Bowie and of life on the other side of the “Iron Curtain,” as we see the famously enigmatic rockstar participating in drinking sessions with sailors and soldiers, meeting fans and tourists, and providing impromptu performances.

Both of these exhibitions, as well as the guardhouse installation T.G.I.Freiheit by Katya and Alexei Tylevich and an artwork display by students from the Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, will open April 1. For opening day, we will be offering tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. There will be a program of introductory speeches at 2 p.m. There will also be complimentary wine and a Vietnamese food truck on site! If you are interested in joining a free tour please RSVP in advance here.

Photo – Geoff MacCormack, David Bowie in the Trans-Siberia Express, 1973. Courtesy of the artist.

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