Exhibition Tank

Thu 25 May   –   Sun 4 June | Leidseplein

As part of the Forum on European Culture, De Balie will exhibit a wrecked Russian tank on Leidseplein in Amsterdam, as a symbol of the fragility and resilience of democracy in Europe.

On March 31st, 2022 this tank was destroyed by Ukrainian soldiers during the Battle of Kyiv in the village of Dmytrivka, near Bucha. In this region, as in many other places in Ukraine, innocent civilians were massacred in acts that have been classified as war crimes by Amnesty International, and are currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court. The tank, weighing 44 tons, was used by a Russian unit from Ulan-Ude, a city close to the border of Mongolia, 6.300 kilometres from Kyiv.

This tank was exposed in Berlin on Unter den Linden and at the Freedom Museum in Groesbeek, NL.

Many thanks to Andrii Ilenko (director National Museum of Military History of Ukraine), Enno Lenze, journalist and director of Berlin Story Bunker Museum, Gerard Boink (former air force officer and chairman of the Veterans Committee of East Gelre) en Wiel Lenders (director of Freedom Museum) to make this awareness campaign possible in Germany and the Netherlands respectively.