James Bond is a child of the Cold War and an embodiment of the self-image of the West like no other: clever, cosmopolitan, invincible and oozing with charm, he helps to protect the democratic and capitalist West from the forces of evil. The exhibiton ‘Cold War and Architecture. Contributions to the Democraticization of Austria after 1945’ brings that era back to life: global competition betwen the occupying powers, the first manned flight to the moon, the iron curtain! the exhibition shows how each of the occupying forces used their cultural programmes to spread their own new social order.
We will see to what extent culture and architecture can be used as universal weapons, and consider whether this still applies today. What can architeture do?