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Borders, art, and the city: How the East Side Gallery came about

118 artists from 21 countries created the East Side Gallery in Berlin after the fall of the Wall in 1989. In the summer of 1990, they painted for the first time on the east side of the Berlin Wall, which had divided Berlin for 28 years. Their works of art are messages for a united Europe from the upheaval of 1989/90 and memories of life in dictatorships or in a divided Germany. For more than 30 years, the famous Wall paintings such as the "Bruderkuss" and the "Trabi" have been attracting people from all over the world to the longest open-air gallery in the world. In a new open-air exhibition, artists tell the stories behind their pictures. Together with people from the neighbourhood, they take a look at life in the divided city, the fall of the Wall and German reunification. It raises questions about the preservation of a monument in the metropolis of Berlin: What open spaces do we preserve? Why do we need public art?

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