The Google Cultural Institute launches a series of online exhibitions dedicated to the Fall of the Iron Curtain, together with the Polish History Museum, DDR Museum in Berlin, Romania's TVR and Getty Images. A total of 13 exhibitions come together to tell the story of this momentous time through photos, video and an insightful narrative contributed by experts and scholars from all over the world
Still frame from the Fall of the Iron Curtain on the Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute launches a series of online exhibitions dedicated to the fall of the Iron Curtain, in collaboration with the Polish History Museum, the DDR Museum in Berlin, Romania's TVR and Getty Images. Thirteen exhibitions come together to tell the story of this momentous time through photos, video and an insightful narrative contributed by international experts and scholars
The exhibition launched on the 9th of November 2012 - the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. "There are certain events in history that are momentous enough to make you remember where you were at the time," says Mark Yoshitake, from the Google Cultural Institute in reference to the web platform's latest exhibitions. Yoshitake believes it is vital to move museum archives to the Internet in a way that allows for multiple points of view, providing access to people around the world, and preserving the archives for the future.
Among the main exhibitions in this latest series, Solidarity & the Fall of the Iron Curtain tells the story of the beginnings and rise of the Solidarity movement under Lech Walesa, through the leader's election as president of Poland in 1990.
The Google Cultural Institute launched in October 2012, with three major historical exhibitions coordinated by Polish museums. The next exhibition - Separation of History (1939-1989) - shares memories from four Polish families separated by World War II and through the Communist era. It views historical events from the perspective of individual witnesses who participated in the events. The presentation intersperses personal memories with private photos, documents and letters.
"The peaceful Solidarity movement against communism was one of the most important events in Polish history, says Robert Kostro, director of the Museum of Polish History, "and has become an important event in the history of the twentieth century. The world has supported the Solidarity movement and it has become an inspiration to many initiatives of the opposition in other communist countries, which contributed to the collapse of the Iron Curtain". Other exhibitions present a picture of life under communism in Romania and East Berlin. Currently the three exhibitions are available in Polish, English and German, with plans translations into 22 more languages in the near future.
As a flagship endeavour of the Google Art Project - which presents high-quality digital images of artworks of art from international institutions that include Poland's Art Museum and the Museum in Wilanów - the new exhibition series open the project to broader cultural initiatives exploring science, history, archaeology and anthropology. The institute was launched with treasures such as the Nelson Mandela archives and the Dead Sea Scrolls, accessible to anyone with Internet access. In October, it presented three narratives related to the Second World War and the human element of the Holocaust.
See the exhibitions live at www.google.com/culturalinstitute
Editor: Agnieszka Le Nart
Source: Google blog