On 5 June 1947 George Marshall made a speech in Harvard that changed the world: with it, the American Secretary of State and adviser to President Truman laid the foundations of the European Recovery Program (ERP). The so-called Marshall Plan became the most successful political project in American and European history. Between 1948 and 1952, 14 billion dollars, funded by the American taxpayer, was paid into the reconstruction programme for Europe. Austrias economy continues to benefit from these funds to this day, which are used to promote innovative projects by Austrian companies and start-ups under a scheme for ERP loans granted by the Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws).
The festivities marking the 70th anniversary of Marshall Plan aid, with speeches by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Vice-Chancellor Wolfgang Brandstetter and the Chargé dAffaires a.i. of the US Embassy in Vienna, Eugene S. Young, demonstrate this connection between the past and the future.
70 projections for 70 years: Under the artistic direction of Virgil Widrich, a multi-disciplinary team designed the event and a partly interactive travelling exhibition for the Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (ERP Fund).
Artistic director: Virgil Widrich
Moderator: Elisabeth Vogel
Exhibition texts: Stefan Reiter
Media technology: Stefan Unger,
Programming: Christian Drucker
Exhibition design: Studio Kudlich
Production management & event management: Studio Kudlich & Ivent Veranstaltungsagentur
Event technology: BMS, Thomas Mayer
Graphics, films, animations: Oleg Prodeus
Music: Siegfried Friedrich
Analog projections: handmitauge
Projections and screens designed by: Eni Brandner
Programming, realisation of exhibition: Christian Drucker
Günter Bischof (Marshall Plan Professor of History and Director, Center Austria, University of New Orleans) and
Dr. Hans Petschar (Austrian National Library)
Picture library of the Austrian National Library