About Berlin asisi Panorama THE WALL

Since September 2012, the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie stands again – as a monumental panorama, 60 m long and 15 m high. The circular picture depicts the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961 and fell in 1989. Yadegar Asisi' s most personal panoramic work of art to date, it shows his interpretation of the time when Berlin was a divided city, with a view from Kreuzberg in the west to the area described as "Mitte" in the eastern part of the city. 

It shows people going about their "banal" everyday lives on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s: moving house in Kreuzberg, painting graffiti on the wall, eating at an outdoor snack bar or coming out of their local after a heavy drinking session. In the east, GDR slogans are emblazoned on the grey facades in white lettering against a red background, whilst colourful western advertising shines out against the background of the grey facades in Kreuzberg. In the eastern sector a prominent position is held by the border guards, observing life in the west across the death strip. 

Photographs of eye-witnesses and a film documentary introduce into the topic in the anteroom of the panorama. They present everyday life with the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989. In 2014 photographs of eye-witnesses of its fall in 1989 were installed to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

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