"People were demonstrating when this skyscraper was built next door. And I thought that was really terrible because I think that's a monument, it's a memorial, it can't be replaced."

Interview 2021

Margaret Hunter was born in Irvine (Scotland) in 1948. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the West Berlin University of Arts. Hunter’s works have won her numerous awards. Her painting is “Joint Venture” at the East Side Gallery. She also made the painting “Hands”, in collaboration with another Scottish artist, Peter Russell.

Margaret Hunter in the interview

On her painting "Joint Venture"

Who is Margaret Hunter?

Impressions of the divided city

Changes after the fall of the Wall

What was it like to paint on the Wall?

"Keeping the Gallery was a game of ping pong"

To copy or not to copy? On the Gallery's restoration in 2009

What is art?

On her painting "Hands"

"The East Side Gallery is…"

In Margaret Hunter’s painting “Joint Venture”, two large horizontal heads lie side by side with communicating lines between. Painted in 1990, they symbolise the 'ideal’ of a reunited Germany. However, small individual figures along both sides of the main painting are shown, stretching and moving, trying to adapt to their new situation which alluded to the reality at that time.

Her much-acclaimed work earned her a scholarship from the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft and numerous awards, including the European Woman of Achievement Award. Her career has seen her artwork shown in various countries, including Finland, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Germany. She first visited East Berlin in 1986 and found a huge difference to the opulence that was West Berlin at the time.

Margaret Hunter und Peter Russell: „Hands“

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„Joint Venture“ is part of the online-tour: Year of Upheaval in 1990

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