The writer Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) is considered a literary "heavyweight" of the 20th century. His last novel "The Master and Margarita" as a masterpiece, a satirical-grotesque shot of the fist motif.
In it, Bulgakov describes in an allegorical and witty, satirical way the life in Moscow at that time, directed against the rigid, arbitrary bureaucracy as well as the surveillance practices and supply shortages in the dogmatically atheistic Soviet Union. Bulgakov worked on this novel from 1928 until his death, but it was not allowed to appear - heavily censored - in the Soviet Union until 1966.
In 1968, "Der Meister und Margarita" was published for the first time in the GDR in the translation by Pankow's Thomas Reschke - again censored - and was virtually devoured by the audience there. Even after German reunification in 1990, Bulgakov's texts lost nothing of their topicality.
To commemorate the literary-historical important event of the first translation, the exhibition "Moscow is not Berlin" was shown in 2018 in Moscow's Bulgakov Museum. On the occasion of the Russian Culture Days 2019, the Tsvetaeva - Center for Russian Culture at the University of Freiburg e. V. developed a German adaptation of this exhibition, which is now being presented in an expanded form for the first time in Berlin.
Opening of the exhibition: Tuesday, 10.03.2020, 18.30
- Bernt Roder (Fachbereichsleiter, Museum Pankow)
- Danilo Vetter (Fachbereichsleiter, Stadtbibliothek Pankow)
- Sören Benn (Bezirksbürgermeister)
- Peter Mansilya-Kruz (Direktor, Staatliches Michail-Bulgakow-Museum, Moskau)
- Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Cheauré (Vorstandsvorsitzende, Zwetajewa-Zentrum für russische Kultur an der Universität Freiburg e. V.)
Introduction to the exhibition:
- Margarita Augustin (Kuratorin, Zwetajewa-Zentrum für russische Kultur an der Universität Freiburg e. V.)
- Marina Sawranskaja (Wissenschaftliche Kuratorin, Staatliches Michail-Bulgakow-Museum, Moskau)
Ekkehard Maaß sings songs by Bulat Okudshawa