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Phil Collins, still from Marxism Today (Prologue), 2010

“Ostalgia,” an exhibition that brings together the work of more than fifty artists from twenty countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics which will be held at the New Museum from July 14 – September 25.


Contesting the format of a conventional geographical survey, the exhibition will include works produced by Western European artists who have depicted the reality and the myth of the East.

The exhibition takes its title from the German word ostalgie, a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of longing and nostalgia for the era before the collapse of the Communist Bloc. Twenty years ago, a process of dissolution began, leading to the break-up of the Soviet Union and the many other countries that had been united under socialist governments. From the Baltic republics to the Balkans, from Central Europe to Central Asia, entire continents and nations were reconfigured, their constitutions rewritten, their borders redrawn. “Ostalgia” looks at the art produced in and about some of these countries, many of which did not even exist two decades ago. Mixing private confessions and collective traumas, the exhibition describes a psychological landscape in which individuals and entire societies try to negotiate new relationships to history, geography, and ideology.

Date: July 14 – September 25, 2011
Time: Thu 11:00-21:00/ Wed, Fri -Sun 11:00-18:00
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Place: New Museum
Address: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Entrance Fee: General Admission 12USD, Seniors 8USD, Students 6USD,18 and under Free
Tel: +1 212 219 1222

Text: julie morikawa

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