Without a doubt the most significant building in the history of Berlin, the Wall divided not just a city, but an entire country for almost three decades between 1961 and 1989. Although residents and artists on the western side had long transformed parts of the forbidding grey structure into works of art, the 1.3km (0.8mi) section that remains today as the world’s longest open-air art gallery was created after the fall of the Wall. Read on to find out more about the story behind the East Side Gallery, its most iconic images and much more.
Berlin East Side Gallery, Source: Pixabay.com
Art in East Germany was regarded as an instrument of political expression and education by the socialist regime and thus subject to censorship and state control. Since the fall of the Wall, a number of exhibitions have addressed the question of artists’ creative responses to these constraints.
The new exhibition at Museum Barberini in Potsdam does something different and looks at East German art from a new perspective. Read on to find out what’s ‘Behind the Mask’.
Image courtesy of kallejipp / photocase.de
Preserved in the archives of the Berlinische Galerie, these stunning historic collages have now been brought out of hiding thanks to the efforts of the “Kunst auf Lager” (“Art in Stor(ag)e”) alliance, which funded extensive restoration work to make them fit for public exhibition.
Read on to find out more about the origins and contents of these unique pieces, which are accessible to the general public for the first time in almost 40 years.
East German pre-fab architecture is not high on most people’s list of aesthetic delights. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there are those who find these buildings constructed out of concrete slabs endlessly fascinating – among them the architect and photographer Martin Maleschka, whose pictures show that, far from being drab and monochrome, Plattenbau design in fact came in many shapes and colours.