East Side Gallery


East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

Description

The Gallery consists of approximately 106 paintings [cite web | url=http://www.eastsidegallery.com/ | title=Berlin Wall East Side Gallery | work = Artists Initiative East Side Gallery e.V | accessdate=2006-03-22] by artists from all over the world, painted on the east side of the Berlin Wall. It is possibly the largest and everlasting open air gallery in the world. The first painting was started by Christine Mac Lean in December 1989 immediately after the fall of the wall. Paintings from Kasra Alavi, Kani Alavi, Jim Avignon, Thierry Noir, Ingeborg Blumenthal, Ignasi Blanch i Gisbert, and others have followed.

The paintings at the East Side Gallery document the time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better and free future for all people of the world.

For tourists the most interesting part of the East Side Gallery is the section close to station Ostbahnhof where all the paintings were completely restored. Also of interest is the river-side part of the East Side Gallery which shows the current art of Berlin's graffiti scene.

In July 2006, to facilitate access to the River Spree from O2 World, a 40 meter section was moved somewhat west, parallel to the original position. [http://berlin.barwick.de/sights/the-berlin-wall/east-side-gallery.html]

Restoration

Two-thirds of the paintings are badly damaged by erosion, graffiti, and vandalism. One-third has been restored by a non-profit organization which started work in 2000. The objective of this organization is the eventual restoration and preservation of all the paintings.

Full restoration, particularly of the central sections, is projected for 2008. [http://berlin.barwick.de/sights/the-berlin-wall/east-side-gallery.html]

Location

* Mühlenstraße, Berlin-Friedrichshain, Germany
* S-Bahn: S3, S5, S7, S75, S9, station Ostbahnhof or Warschauer Straße
* Subway: U1, station Warschauer Straße

In Popular Media

* The gallery was seen in "Wolfgang Becker"'s movie "Goodbye, Lenin!"
* The gallery was featured in the 5th leg of "The Amazing Race 6".
* The gallery was featured in English indie/rock band "Bloc Party"'s single "Kreuzberg" taken from the album "A Weekend in the City"

East Side Gallery Photos

References

External links

* [http://www.die-berliner-mauer.de/en/mauergalerie.html Photos of all East Side Gallery paintings]
* [http://www.eastsidegallery.com/ Artist Initiative East Side Gallery e.V.]
* [http://www.e-cityvisit.com/berlin/eastsidegallery/index.html Virtual e-Tour East Side Gallery 2007]


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