Across the river close to our hostel was the East Side Art Gallery. This is a part of the Berlin Wall covered in paintings by artists from around the world.
Running for 1.3kms there are over 100 painted sections. It had recently been renovated so the colours were bright and free from the tagging that the rest of Berlin’s human height walls have been subject to. The bottom middle picture above is of one section that didn’t get renovated and shows the faded colours and the plaster falling off.
We also went to Hamburger Bahnhof an awesome modern art gallery that was a huge surprise and went on forever!
I’ve always been a fan of Andy Warhol (especially the flowers below) but had never been that into his Chairman Mao works. TOTALLY CHANGED MY MIND! This was HUGE. And with all the carefree painterly colours under the screen print I have been converted.
And there was a whole heap of Anselm Kiefer works – another surprise! I did a study on Kiefer in high school and he influenced my 6th form and 7th form works. His paintings are so tactile and yet despairing. His work is based on the horror of WWII and the Holocaust.
Anyway, it was an extremely cool gallery – highly recommended, and even the exit signs were trés chic! I missed one wing of it without noticing so will definitely have to return to Berlin for more of the art scene. Who wants to go with me?! x