I love going back home to Berlin and re-discover some of Berlin’s most iconic sights. When you’ve been living in your hometown for years, one can get lazy appreciating and visiting the city’s landmarks. One of Berlin’s landmarks is the East Side Gallery. It is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin.
Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time.
Above: One of the best known paintings of the East Side Gallery is the Trabi knocking down the wall by Birgit Kinder. I’m wearing a tulip skirt with water colour detail from Moschino Cheap & Chic, Boucle Jacket from Trident, pointy patent leather kitten heels from Logan
The murals are under heritage protection and have been restorated in 2009. The artists transformed the grey concrete rearticulating this into a
lasting expression of freedom and reconciliation.
The painting Fatherland by Günther Schäfer combines the German and Israeli flags and is – in Schäfer’s words – ‘a symbol for peace and a memorial against any kind of fanaticism’. Read more about Schäfer’s painting here.
The East side gallery is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world and consists of 105 paintings from artists from all over the world.
Have you ever visited the East Side Gallery in Berlin? If so, what’s your favourite painting and why?