The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River by Peter Forgács and The Labyrinth Project

March 15 - August 2, 2009

This immersive installation interweaves the historical narratives of Eastern European Jews and Germans fleeing in opposite directions along the Danube River, in an effort to escape the horrors of World War II—what Hungarian filmmaker and scholar Péter Forgács calls “the incomparable duet of the German-Jewish exodus.”

The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River is an immersive installation about the displacement of ethnic minorities and the possible connections between them. The exhibition interweaves three historical stories. One narrative tells of Eastern European Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939, trying to reach a ship on the Black Sea that will carry them to Palestine. The second story, set in 1940 following the Soviet re-annexation of Bessarabia, tells of émigré German farmers abandoning their adopted homeland to return to the “safety” of the Third Reich, but eventually being relocated in occupied Poland. Both groups were transported along the Danube River by Captain Nándor Andrásovits, an amateur filmmaker who documented these voyages; he and the river are the subjects of the third story.

The interactive installation is based on The Danube Exodus, an award-winning film by Hungarian filmmaker and scholar Péter Forgács, and grew out of a collaboration with The Labyrinth Project, an art collective based at the University of Southern California that specializes in interactive narratives. The installation premiered at the Getty Center in 2002, and has since been seen at museums around the world.

Please Note: This exhibition is on view Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Directed by Péter Forgács, in collaboration with The Labyrinth Project: Marsha Kinder, Rosemary Comella, Kristy H. A. Kang, and Scott Mahoy/ Produced by Marsha Kinder/ Music by Tibor Szemzö/ Sound design by Jim McKee, Earwax Productions/ Co-author of the Jewish Exodus concept and idea for The Danube Exodus museum exhibition by János Varga.