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Blinken OSA participates in the Night of the Museums

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 4:00 pm – Sunday, June 24, 2018, 12:00 am


Blinken OSA participates in the Night of the Museums offering a variety of interesting programs


The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives – Night of Museums, June 23, 2018


Exhibition in Galeria Centralis

Farewell to the Spring

Revolutionary Youth Magazines 1968. Nr. 2


The year of 1968 started with great hopes in some Central- and Eastern European countries: for a brief moment it seemed that strict ideology was being replaced by political pragmatism. Elements of consumer culture, and even the private sector, appeared; cultural censorship was loosened – or even lifted. The whirlwind of the Western protest movements reached the region as well, while counter culture also left its mark on Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Hungary. And similarly to Western youth, young people from behind the Iron Curtain also wanted to correct the mistakes of the previous generation, and found their own voice and their own ways to express themselves. Creating a fictional international youth magazine, the exhibition “Farewell to Spring” presents this thriving and hopeful period of student protests, happenings and other events of youth- and counter culture, which ended with the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.


5:00 P.M. /7:00 P.M.   Guided tour of the exhibition by the curator


4:00 P.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Symbols and Slogans from 1968 – Interactive program until midnight


Protest and type! Visitors can  type flyers on Cold War era type-writers and print symbols of ’68 on textile bags and paper with the help of OSA staff.


4:00 P.M. – 12:00 P.M. Tours of the building: Exhibition hall and archive in a historic building. The Goldberger building, an industrial monument, is open to the public once a year. The basement holds records of the fieldwork that underpinned Radio Free Europe's broadcasts during the Cold War, as well as collections of Human Rights documents.

The tours start every two hours; in English on demand

11:00 P.M. Film Screening.