In 2017, the Russian Revolution marks the 100th anniversary.
Deutsches Historisches Museum
Unter den Linden 210117Berlin
The revolutionary events and the ongoing civil war in Russia until 1922 led to a fundamental change in the system that shaped the entire 20th century. The history of the mentality and the cultural history brought about a revolution in all areas of society. It led to new forms of economy, education and culture, promoted national, political and social movements of liberation, inspired artists and creators far beyond the borders of Russia and challenged the value system of the old European societies. From the outset, however, this was accompanied by political counter-movements, terror and violent oppressive measures, which ultimately resulted from the revolution. This development continued the war of the world war and shaped the people of the region for several generations.
These aspects are still effective today. Although the polarization of the world was only a result of the Second World War, the revolution and the founding of the Soviet Union in 1922 are the precursors of this future development. The upheaval events in the largest country in Europe led to a new political system, which was contrary to the parliamentary-democratic development of other European states. This was the starting point for a continuing debate on different political models in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s.
The exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum focuses on the complex revolutionary events in Russia and its complex consequences for Europe and examines the reactions and counter-reactions of the political and social upheaval in selected European and non-European states. On the basis of examples, the exhibition also aims to open the view of the present-day effects of the events of 100 years ago and thus contribute to the classification and understanding of current conflicts.
The exhibition project is a cooperation between the German Historical Museum and the Swiss National Museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated essay in German and English, as well as a catalog.Partnerausstellung1917 Revolution. Russia and Switzerland24. February - 25 June 2017Swissian National MuseumLandesmuseum ZürichMuseumstrasse 2CH-8001 Zurich