The East Side Gallery

Today I paid a visit to the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall. Prior to 1989, it prevented people in Friedrichshain from jumping into the Spree and swimming to democratic freedom in Kreuzberg. Since its gallery turn in 1990, it’s featured the street art of 118 artists from 21 countries around the world. Here’s a short photographic tour:

The start of the gallery, by the Oberbaumbrücke:

Some of the artworks painted on the wall are a direct reference to the wall itself:

Others are more abstract/trippy:

And a few are kind of, how to say, shitty?

This is probably the most famous painting on the wall, imagining a kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker. The caption reads: “My God, help me survive this deadly love”:

One of the more democratic sections of the gallery:

A Dalí-esque painting — one of my favorites:

A clever visual metaphor for the communist regime:

I’m honestly not sure what this one’s all about:

The Israeli flag superimposed on the German one — “Fatherland”:

This one actually has a plant growing out of it (and a helpful caption from an anonymous contributor):

This one, on the other hand, is in fact two-dimensional:

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