Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

3 Nov 2017 – 8 Jan 2018

Regular opening hours

12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 22:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

Berlin, Germany


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The show features documents and archival material, including journals and magazines, which were supported or initiated by the CCF. The exhibition showcases the work of contemporary artists and also works of art historical significance.


The exhibition presents artworks, archival documents and contemporary contributions that tell the story of the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF), an organization founded in postwar West Berlin. The CCF subsidized countless cultural programs until it was revealed in 1967 that the organisation was secretly funded by the CIA.

Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War features numerous documents and archival material, including the journals and magazines Partisan Review (USA), Encounter (UK), Der Monat (Germany), Sasanggye (South Korea), Hiwar (Lebanon), Transition (Uganda / Ghana), Black Orpheus (Nigeria), Africa South (South Africa), Mundo Nuevo (Latin America), and Quest (India), which were temporarily supported or initiated by the CCF and count among the most influential publishing platforms, featuring some of the worlds most renowned writers, in the decades after World War II.

With works by Art & Language, Doug Ashford, Michael Baers, Antonina Baever, Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck (mit Media Farzin & Paolo Gasparini), Romare Bearden, Samuel Beckett, Lene Berg, Broomberg & Chanarin, Fernando Bryce, Daniel Buren, Luis Camnitzer, Alice Creischer, Didactic Exhibition, Liu Ding, Charles & Ray Eames, Miklós Erdély, Peter Friedl, Liam Gillick, Sheela Gowda, Philip Guston, Gruppe Gummi K, Max de Haas, Chia-Wei Hsu, Iman Issa, Voluspa Jarpa, David Lamelas, Norman Lewis, İlhan Mimaroğlu, Moiseyev Dance Company, Museum of American Art in Berlin, Irving Norman, Guillermo Nuñez, Branwen Okpako, Boris Ondreička, Nam June Paik, Décio Pignatari, Howardena Pindell, Sigmar Polke, Rebecca H. Quaytman, Walid Raad, Steve Reich, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Faith Ringgold, Norman Rockwell, Peter Roehr, Martha Rosler, Charles Shaw, Yashas Shetty, Francis Newton Souza, Frank Stella, The Otolith Group, Endre Tót, Suzanne Treister, Twins Seven Seven, Josip Vaništa, Wolf Vostell, Susanne Wenger, and others

An English-language, extensively illustrated publication will be issued in spring 2018. Pre-order at publikationen@hkw.de


Paz Guevara

Antonia Majaca

Anselm Franke

Nida Ghouse


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