Eastside Gallery, Berlin

On 12 August 1961, the Soviets began building a wall around West Berlin to separate it from East Berlin and East Germany.  By the next morning, the wall was complete.  More than 90 miles of wall made an island out of West Germany.

people and parked bikes in front of part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

Eastside Gallery – This outdoor “gallery” is a section of the Berlin Wall that has been left standing along Muhlenstrasse.   It is just over 1300 metres long and has been covered with 105 paintings and murals on the side that faced East Berlin.  It was first painted in 1990 just after the wall fell.  Some sections were repainted in 2009.

below: “Diagonale Lösung des Problems” by Michail Serebrjakow 1990. Diagonal solutions.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery, thumbs up sign, with a string tied to the thumb pulling it backwards and holding it up

below: A Trabant (the only East German make of car) comes through the wall, painted by Birgit Kinder, 2009. The date on the licence plate, 9 November 1989, is when the wall was opened and East and West Germans were allowed to cross freely.  Demolition of the wall began in June of 1990.

 a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: The orange bridge in the picture is Oberbaumbrucke (Oberbaum Bridge) that crosses the River Spree near this wall section. This wall runs parallel to the River Spree as the river was part of the ‘border’ here.

a woman walks her bike past part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: Part of “Doin it cool for the East Side” by Jim Avignon, Miriam Butterfly, and Tomas Fey (similar to above).

below:  actors Jean Reno and Juliette Binoche

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery - faces of two people,

below: Jumping over the wall (He looks a bit too relaxed?)

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery, a man in a red jacket jumps over the Berlin wall

below: ‘Tolerance’ by Mary Mackey of Denver

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery, Tolerance by Mary Mackey of Denver Colorado

below: A small part of ‘Joint Venture’ by Margaret Hunter.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery - lots of graffiti, a pasteup of a couple kissing under an umbrella

 

below: Es gilt viele mauren abzu bauen = There are many walls to build.  There are lots of walls we need to break down.  Painted by Ines Bayer and Raik Hönemann

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery - es gilt viele mauern

below: By Schamil Gimajev (or Gamil Gimajew), a very large mural with the words Freedom and Perestroika incorporated into it.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: A gate in the wall, now with locks on it.

people hanging out in front of part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: Some of the locks

Some locks attached the bars of a metal gate in the old Berlin Wall on Muhlenstrasse, Eastside gallery

below: by Christine Fuchs

writeen words, brown on white, large letters, How's God she's black

below: Batman and The Joker.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery - Batman and Joker

a young man playing a guitar in front of part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: No mans land barbed wire. “Niemandsland” by Carmen Leidner.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery - barbed wire

below: Theodor Cheslav Tezhik – The Big Kremlins Wind.  The winds of change.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

a young muslim woman in a head scarf walks past part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

 below: I painted over the wall of shame so freedom is ashamed no more.  Inferno ruled too many years until the people chose the light.  I put my faith in you, Berlin, and give to you my colours bright.” Fulvio Pinma.  The text is also written in Italian (larger letters above) and in German (at the bottom).

words in a mural by Fulvio Pinma, in Italian, German, and English, on part of the Berlin wall, Eastside Gallery

below: Not in the picture, the other end of the chain is in the mouth of a white dove.  This mural is by Andrej Smolák

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery with a lot of pink and black graffiti scrawled on top of it

below:  A comment on censorship in art by Willi Berger –  “Der Maler Hans Meissel (1888-1969) sowohl im Dritten Reich als auch in der DDR mit Ausstellungsverbot belegt wegen seiner expressiven Malweise setzte mit ‘GOTT ALLEIN DIE EHRE’, J.S. Bachs letzter Komposition der Kunst der Fuge ein Denkmal. [blue] Mit der Kopie des nun erstverottenthaten Bildes mochte ich meinem Lehrer Donk abstatten.”   It’s a copy of a painting by (and tribute to) Hans Meissel whose artwork was banned by the Third Reich.  The title of the painting is “Soli Deo Gloria” and was a tribute to the last composition by J.S. Bach, ‘The Art of the Fugue’.

a man stops to look at part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery, tribute to painter Hans Meissel by Willi Berger

below: Thierry Noir

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery, large faces by Thierry Noir

below: Mikhail Gorbachev drives a car with a hammer and sickle steering wheel.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery, picture of Mikhail Gorbechev driving a car with a hammer and sickle shaped steering wheel.

below: Selling black and white portraits in front of an untitled work by Ana Leonor Madeira Rodrigues.  Floating ghostly figures in black and white.

a man sells black and white drawn portraits in front of part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: Spacemagik, by Gabor Simon

people in front of part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

below: A line of wanted posters.  Bloody Vladimir.  Putin of course.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery - posters with the face of Putin, Russin leader, with words, Bloody Vladimir, wanted poster

below: A painting of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing as painted by Dmitri Vrubel.  It was first painted in 1990 and re painted in 2009.  Honecker was the East German leader in 1989 whose rise to power was aided by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.  By 1989, Brezhnev was dead and the more liberal Mikhail Gorbachev was the Soviet leader.

two women stand in front of part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

people reaching up high to write things on the wall, part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

people walking past part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

A full list of the original artists can be found on Wikipedia.

part of a mural on Berlin Wall, Eastside gallery

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