East Side Gallery – The Berlin Wall
10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Mühlenstr, Berlin
Press release / Invitation
Vaterland (Fatherland) 2014 by Günther Schaefer. International Art Action at the East Side Gallery.
The 47th reconstruction since 1990 !
With the artists:
Günther Schaefer, Berlin, Germany
Varda Carmeli, Old Jaffa, Israel
Action: Monday 17th March and Tuesday 18th March 2014 from 9 am.
Place: East Side Gallery, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Mühlenstraße
(right next to the Oberbaumbrücke.)
On the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the East Side Gallery work "Vaterland" (Fatherland), the 24th anniversary of the first democratic elections in the GDR and Günther Schaefer's 60th birthday on 19th March 2014.
The background to this action:
Between 16th and 18th March 1990, the work "Vaterland" was created in a three-day action and on 18th March 1990, the day of the first and last free elections in the GDR, it was first publicly presented as a symbolic "gift to freedom".
The work "Vaterland," near to the former border crossing Oberbaumbrücke, was the first work of art to be completed at East Side Gallery developing at that time at the Berlin Wall and thereby wrote wall history, as in those days it was still an absolute novelty to be able to fashion the wall artistically from the east side. "Vaterland" is probably the most provocative contribution to the East Side Gallery, Since 1990, this painting has been destroyed 46 times by fanatics of all colours. The artist replies again and again with renovations, as a form of non-violent opposition.
On the occasion of this anniversary, the artists will set out to renovate the work in a joint action, also to set a sign of international understanding.
More information: http://www.berliner-mauer-kunst.net Phone: Günther Schaefer 0173 – 829 67 13
The East Side Gallery was established on the Berlin Wall on March 1990.
Günther Schaefer, one of the organizers and founders of the project was created "Vaterland".
A reconstruction of the East Side Gallery was made on November 6, 2009, in the occasion of the events of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The restored "Vaterland" returned by Günther Schaefer To its source and Varda Carmeli's poem remained on the wall as a memorandum of hope for peace.