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.
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.
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.
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.
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
below: Jumping over the wall (He looks a bit too relaxed?)
below: ‘Tolerance’ by Mary Mackey of Denver
below: A small part of ‘Joint Venture’ by Margaret Hunter.
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
below: By Schamil Gimajev (or Gamil Gimajew), a very large mural with the words Freedom and Perestroika incorporated into it.
below: A gate in the wall, now with locks on it.
below: Some of the locks
below: by Christine Fuchs
below: Batman and The Joker.
below: No mans land barbed wire. “Niemandsland” by Carmen Leidner.
below: Theodor Cheslav Tezhik – The Big Kremlins Wind. The winds of change.
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).
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
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’.
below: Thierry Noir
below: Mikhail Gorbachev drives a car with a hammer and sickle 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.
below: Spacemagik, by Gabor Simon
below: A line of wanted posters. Bloody Vladimir. Putin of course.
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.
A full list of the original artists can be found on Wikipedia.