The Berlin East Side Gallery is located directly between Warschauer Straße and Ostbahnhof in Berlin Friedrichshain. With a length of 1.3 kilometres, the permanent Open Air Gallery is the longest preserved section of the former Berlin Wall along the Spree River.The works of art shown here prove that Berlin has developed into a stronghold for artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After the fall of the Wall, many artists from different countries came to Berlin. Through the wall painting they wanted to send a signal of their joy and political change. Popular motifs include ‘The Brotherly Kiss’ by Dimitrji Vrubel or the ‘Trabant Breaking Through The Wall’ by Birgit Kinder.
Altogether 118 artists from 21 different nations have immortalized themselves there. Today there are disputes about the preservation of the works of art and the wall as many artists believe that it is part of the life story of the wall to gradually get destroyed while others want to keep and restore the graffiti art.
The ‘Artists’ Initiative East Side Gallery’ offers guided tours for school classes.
Admission is free of charge.
A strong representation of German history with many creative motifs that not only stimulate thought but constitute important works of art.