Berlin (Deutschland/Germany) - East Side Gallery

by Björn Roose December. 20, 2019 310 views
Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben

Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben

Unless you have spent your entire life on another planet or have been born in the last 30 years (and have not had any history lessons), you know what the Berlin Wall was. So, I'm not gonna introduce you to that communist atrocity (if you really need that lesson, you can read up on it here on Wikipedia).

You might however not know about the East Side Gallery. That is an open-air gallery consisting of a series of murals painted directly on a 1,3 kilometres long remnant of that Wall on the Mühlenstrasse in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district of the city. It is an officialy protected landmark, "understood as a monument to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful negotiation of borders and conventions between societies and people".

It is also very heavily visited (over 3 million people per year), so it was not always easy to "shoot" the murals I was interested in, especially the most known one, Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben (My God, help me to survive this deadly love or the Fraternal Kiss by Dmitri Vrubel, depicting the Sovjet dictator Leonid Brezhnev and the Eastern German dictator Erich Honecker kissing - a painted reproduction of an actual photograph captured in 1979 during the 30th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the so called German Democratic Republic).

You'll find all the works here.

Test The Best (Test The Rest) by Birgit Kinder

Test The Best (Test The Rest) by Birgit Kinder

Detail of You Can See Infinity by Laszlo Erkel

Detail of You Can See Infinity by Laszlo Erkel

Part of an untitled work by Jens Hübner and Andreas Kämper

Part of an untitled work by Jens Hübner and Andreas Kämper

Politics is the continuation of war by other means by Carsten Jost and Ulrike Steglich (parafrasing Von Clausewitz)

Politics is the continuation of war by other means by Carsten Jost and Ulrike Steglich (parafrasing Von Clausewitz)

The less aesthetical backside of the wall

The less aesthetical backside of the wall

Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben

Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben

The backside again, the side where the killing happened ...

The backside again, the side where the killing happened ...

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Camellia Staab 2 months ago

Excellent post! I am not one who was born 30 years ago and sadly do know all about the Berlin wall. Honestly it has been centuries since I was in Berlin or vicinity, so sharing these murals is definitely a treat.

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

Non c'é di ché, cara Camellia smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 2 months ago

😉

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Antonio Gil 2 months ago

You've captured the essence of the place. I know because I visited this place too.

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months ago

Well, I didn't capture the thousands of tourists, so I left out a bit of the essence smile

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