New exhibition opens in Berlin about Cold War-era cultural politics

In 1950, a group of writers in West Berlin (with backing by the CIA, it was later revealed) founded the Congress for Cultural Freedom. A new exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt called “Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War” explores the organization and the politics behind it.

Marlene Melchiore speaks with one of the co-curators, Antonia Majaca, who explains how the exhibition resonates with the pitfalls and ideologies of the current political moment, including the rise of the far right, and the significance of Berlin as “one of the major stages of the Cold War.”

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