Border Crossing exhibition

2019. Nov. 08. 13:00

By opening her borders, Hungary took the first steps to make way for the reunification of Germany as well as the establishment of a united and free Europe. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Deutsches Kulturforum and the MODEM present the period from the dismantling of the Hungarian fence to the opening of borders and from the peaceful revolution to the reunification of Germany in the frame of a project exhibition.

“It was in Hungary that the first stone was removed from the Berlin Wall”, said Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl about the events of three decades ago. Hundreds and thousands of photos and posters preserve the memory of the symbolic and simultaneously very real and elemental actions, which resulted the beginning of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall thirty years ago. The exhibition of photos and posters, which is on view from 8th November 2019 for a month in the MODEM, is accompanied by special history lessons and programmes.

All visitors are cordially invited to the opening ceremony of the exhibition called Border Crossing on 8th November at 13.00 in the lobby of the MODEM.

Welcome words by

Volkmar Wenzel, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hungary and Papp László, mayor of Debrecen.

Following the welcome words, Trippó Sándor senior lecturer (University of Debrecen, Institute of German Studies) provides a brief German-Hungarian guided tour.

Further programmes:


Without Borders – roundtable discussion

participants: Bedő Iván, journalist, former East Berlin correspondent of the Hungarian Radio; Filep Mária, architect, chief-organiser of the Pan-European Picnic; Pósán László, historian, associate professor  (University of Debrecen, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Historical Studies); moderator: Trippó Sándor, senior lecturer (University of Debrecen, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of German Studies)


ceremonial toast


English guided tour in the exhibition Private Property. Helmut Newton


German-Hungarian guided tour in the exhibition Panel


solo concert by Menyhárt Jenő, founder of the underground band Európa Kiadó

Admission is free.

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