What & Where: Memento Park, Budapest

What: Memento Park (Szoborpark) Where: 1223 Budapest, Balatoni út – Szabadkai utca sarok, Hungary Claiming to hold ‘the biggest statues of the Cold War’, Memento Park in Budapest is home to 42 monumental bronze sculptures that once stood around the city during the forty years of Hungary’s Communist rule. This open-air museum was designed by Hungarian architect, Ákos Eleőd, following an architectural competition sponsored by … Continue reading What & Where: Memento Park, Budapest

What & Where: Gerhard Richter’s Hidden Mural

What: Gerhard Richter, The Joy of Life, 1956 Where: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany (not on display) An early mural by one of the world’s most famous artists takes pride of place in the foyer of a major German museum – but you can’t see it. In 1956 the 24-year-old Gerhard Richter created The Joy of Life whilst an art student at the Dresden Academy of Arts. … Continue reading What & Where: Gerhard Richter’s Hidden Mural

What & Where: Salaspils Memorial

What: Salaspils Memorial Ensemble Where: Salaspils, near Riga, Latvia Just 18km south of the Latvian capital of Riga lies the ancient town of Salaspils. After the Nazi invasion of the country in 1941, the town gained notoriety as the location of Stalag-350-s, a camp housing Soviet prisoners of war, and the largest civilian German concentration camp in the Baltic states. On 31 October 1967 a memorial … Continue reading What & Where: Salaspils Memorial

What & Where: Oxford’s Military Murals

What: Murals by servicemen of the United States Air Force Where: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, UK (now closed) Oxford Archaeology recently announced the launch of a project to record the Cold War paintings on the internal walls of former airbase, RAF Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire. The majority of the artwork was created by American servicemen, who were stationed there between 1950 and 1991. The soldiers … Continue reading What & Where: Oxford’s Military Murals

What & Where: Prague’s Memorial to the Victims of Communism

There are few more magical sights than the view from the top of Petřín Hill in Prague, looking down over the rooftops of the Czech capital in the shadow of Petřínská rozhledna, the Czech answer to Paris’s Eiffel Tower. But taking the scenic walk down, lost in Bohemian reverie, visitors are suddenly faced with an altogether less picturesque vision. Six bronze figures descend the steps, … Continue reading What & Where: Prague’s Memorial to the Victims of Communism

What & Where: Brixton’s Nuclear Dawn

What: Nuclear Dawn mural by Brian Barnes and Dale McCrea Where: Carlton Mansions, 387 Coldhabour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8QD, UK For over 30 years, inhabitants in one corner of London have experienced a daily reminder of the fear and paranoia of the Cold War. The eye-catching mural, Nuclear Dawn, was painted between 1980 and 1981 by local resident Dale McCrea and English mural artist Brian Barnes, as a potent call … Continue reading What & Where: Brixton’s Nuclear Dawn

What & Where: Lenin goes Abstract

What: Portrait of V.I. Lenin with Cap, in the Style of Jackson Pollock III by Art & Language Where: Tate Britain, London, UK Uninitiated visitors to Tate Britain have been left scratching their heads while contemplating Portrait of V.I. Lenin with Cap, in the Style of Jackson Pollock III. It is one of a series of paintings by Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden, British artists operating under the … Continue reading What & Where: Lenin goes Abstract