There is an interesting place in Berlin, which formed spontaneously and became a showplace afterwards. It’s located on the street, in the open air and it will be interesting to visit here, including citizens of Russia.
It’s talked of East Side Gallery. This place can cause curiosity among inhabitants of Russia because of portrait of Brezhnev, former Secretary General of the USSR, kissing Erich Honecker, the head of GDR and meaningful signature: “My God! Help me to survive this deadly love”, which places here in a form of graffiti.
This drawing was created by the Russian painter Dmitry Vrubel and is located next to plenty of other paintings on a fragment of the Berlin wall. Actually, the painted wall is the East Side gallery itself.
In addition to the paintings lenty of different inscriptions are applied here. The length of the wall is more than 1300 meters, which makes the sight of the world’s longest open-air gallery. It was created in 1990, when the border between East and West Berlin was opened.
All paintings reflect the history of Germany 1989-1990, the joy of the Germans from the unification of the country and the spirit of the difficult time, which everyone will enter into having come here.
106 paintings are written on the wall in the style of graffiti in all, and millions of tourists come to see them every year. Vrubel’s work is considered to be the most popular here. Gallery visitors take photos of it most often.
Second place goes to a painting entitled Vaterland created by Günther Schaefer, which represents two connected flag – German and Israeli. Schaefer constantly have to restore his own graffiti, because it regularly suffers from acts of vandalism.
By the way, in 2009, the Germans had to resort to the restoration of the entire gallery, for the reason that no one took extra care of it since the moment of its occurence in 1990, and almost twenty years later, all works were badly damaged.
Authors were called in to restore them. Since the restoration of paintings the city authorities began to look thoroughly after the safety of the sight, setting the security.
Viewing images is completely free, and every graffiti can be photographed without hindrance. Here, near the East Side Gallery, as on the Moscow Arbat, street musicians organize concerts and sell souvenirs.