{Germany} East Side Gallery

June 1, 2015

Germany

Berlin is quite well know for its street art, and possibly the most famous of all is the ‘East Side Gallery’ on a surviving 1.3km long stretch of the Berlin Wall, making it the largest open air gallery in the world. I think the Wall itself, which divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, needs no big introduction. Murals and paintings on the western side of the Wall had previously already existed, whilst the eastern side of the Wall remained grey. It was not until a year after the fall of the Wall, that the East Side Gallery on the eastern side of the Wall was created, which now encompasses over 100 paintings from artists around the world. Some paintings, such as Dimitrji Vrubel’s ‘Mortal Kiss’ of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev’s, or Birgit Kinder’s Trabant car crashing through the Wall, have since become quite famous and draw the biggest crowds. A visit to the East Side Gallery has been on my ‘Berlin Bucket List’ for a while, and on a sunny day last week I finally grabbed the chance to walk the length of it.The future of the Gallery is constantly up for debate, and there has been some controversy and protests in relation to parts of it being removed to make way for real estate development. Having now seen it for myself, I really hope this impressive memorial and collection of art can be preserved for the future. Here are some of my favourite impressions from the walk, I hope you enjoy them!

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