1989 Around the World
Open-air photo exhibition to
commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the Hungarian
Democracy and Republic
A new course
• The Hungarian events of 1989 are well known, and they
from personal experiences for many people. Some
directly and some indirectly, but we all have been a part
of the inland and foreign political events, as this was the
year in which Europe and Hungary took a new course,
and the unimaginable happened.
• On 27 June, the government of the People’s Republic of
Hungary tore down the Iron Curtain that separated the
country from Western Europe. On 10 September,
despite protests from the official leadership of East
Germany, the country’s borders were opened to East
German citizens yearning for freedom, and allowed them
to travel to West Germany.
• In 1989, the miracle happened:
• The reunification of Europe had begun.
• Hungary is proud to have taken the first step
towards boundless freedom, and of making the
reunification of Germany and the formation of a
united Europe possible.
• The aim of the open-air photo exhibition „1989
Around the World” is to acquaint viewers with
the events of 1989, and to show what was
happening in Hungary and in he World at the
time of the political transition.
• The exhibition places the process in an international
context and shows the year from hundreds of different
perspectives through the everyday lives of the people.
Via this approach, the differences and similarities
between Hungary and the western countries become
• The exhibited photographs were chosen from the
archives of the Hungarian News Agency Corp., and from
artworks of a professional photo contest.
• The exhibition was made possible with the support of the
Government of the Republic of Hungary.