“Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989”




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Dorothea-Schlegel-Platz in the very centre of Berlin is the venue of a spatial installation – eight blocks built from 200 variously sized cubes, including interactive ones. They form a multicolour graphic and textual mosaic that tells about the various faces of freedom. Several hundred reproductions of photographs and archive materials, as well as multimedia, have been used to illustrate the issues of civil freedoms and transformations in Europe over 50 years until 1989. Based on these elements, the designers developed a concept proposal of the exhibition presenting, e.g. how the freedom of expression, religion and denomination or the economic freedom were curbed in the Central and East European societies which experienced communism. And how they fought for those freedoms. The geometric system of the cubes is part of the cityscape. It helps to delimit within the urban space a sphere for meetings with history. The archive photographs and texts are placed on illuminated cubes, which makes it possible to visit the exhibition after dusk, too. The exhibition “Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989” is part of the project titled “Freedom Express”. Apart from Berlin, in 2014 the exhibition was also displayed in Brussels at the Esplanade Solidarnosc 1980, and in Warsaw’s Hoover Square. A year later the exhibition “Roads to 1989” visited Vienna, Bucharest, and Budapest. In 2016 the exhibition was shown in Krakow.