east side gallery (berlin)

After our visit to Checkpoint Charlie, we walked to the Neue Nationalgalerie on Potsdamer Straße 50 (and spotted the Keith Haring statue, “The Boxers.” This is a modern art museum, with its focus mainly on the early 20th century. The collection features a number of unique highlights of modern 20th century art. Particularly well represented are CubismExpressionism, the Bauhaus and Surrealism. The collection owns masterpieces of artists like Pablo PicassoErnst Ludwig KirchnerJoan MiróWassily Kandinsky and Barnett Newman. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Berlin!

Neue Nationalgalerie.

Neue Nationalgalerie.

Neue Nationalgalerie.

The portrait room was my favorite display…

Neue Nationalgalerie.

Neue Nationalgalerie.

As if we hadn’t walked enough already, I decided it was a short enough distance through Kreuzberg

Neue Nationalgalerie.

… to Curry36 where they supposedly sell the best currywurst in Berlin – it’s a classic German fast-food dish of a pork sausage seasoned with curry ketchup and often served with fries. Apparently, a former mayor of Berlin once said, “You haven’t been to Berlin until you’ve sampled our most famous street food” (see NYTimes review). Curry36 can be found at  Mehringdamm 36 in Kreuzberg.

Neue Nationalgalerie.

I was too tired to walk any further so we took the metro from there to the East Side Gallery, the longest preserved part of the Berlin wall. The East Side Gallery is a 1.3km long stretch on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

East Side Gallery.

When the Wall was constructed, the East Berlin side was painted white and small barrier prevented people from coming too close to the Wall, while West Berlin was graffitied and spray painted (source). After the fall of the Wall, the East Side Gallery was created and in 1990, 105 artists from around the wall painted stretches of the Wall, many of which you can see below…

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

Much work has been done to maintain the East Side Gallery (in 2000 a non-profit organization started restoration), and major restoration began in 2009. Click here for a timeline of the East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

Featured below is a mural painted by Quebecois artist Pierre-Paul Maillé, easily recognizable by the Quebec motto, Je me souviens or “I will remember”…

East Side Gallery.

Here’s a list of the original artists.

And of course the famous Trabi bursting through the wall, by German artist Birgit Kinder…

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

Here’s the famous painting of by Russian artist Dmitri Vrubel, of the East German leader Erich Honecker kissing his Soviet counterpart, Leonid Brezhnev

East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery.

Since the restoration of 2009 the city has been involved in an expensive copyright controversy as artists battle over rights and compensation. I’m curious to see how this controversy will unfold…

See other Berlin posts: weekend in 3 (#17), Berlin (Favorites), Berlin (Buildings), Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie), Berlin (Street Corner)Berlin (Friedrichshain) and Berlin (City by Bike).

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