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Péter Forgács and the Labyrinth Project:

"The Danube Exodus - The Rippling Currents of the River"

The interactive multimedia installation "The Danube Exodus" by the Hungarian filmmaker and artist Péter Forgács and the Labyrinth Project focuses on expulsion. Historical amateur film clips, documentary material, and interviews are interwoven into a film on threat, deadly peril, and escape.

The Danube Exodus. The Rippling Currents of the River
© Ludwig Museum, Péter Forgács

The installation narrates two diametrically opposed stories of emigration: One is the escape of 600 Jews from Bratislava who sailed down the Danube in the late summer of 1939 to reach the ship that would take them across the Black Sea to Palestine. In the fall of 1940, the same ship carried upstream relations of the German minority in Bessarabia who were to relocate in the German Reich. The captain of the "Queen Elisabeth" pleasure boat kept a photographic record of these two passages and life on the ship.


20 April to 26 August 2007


Libeskind Building, Eric F. Ross Gallery


with Museum ticket

The installation is part of the "Hungarian Focus" program promoted by the Hungarian Ministry for Education and Culture and the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin.

The Labyrinth Project is a research initiative at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA.

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