Friday, August 14, 2009

Dimitri Vrubel

Dimitri Vrubel, The famous kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and east German leader Erich Honecker, East Side Gallery

Berlin: East Side Gallery

We are nearing the 20th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, November 9 1989. For the occasion, the Russian artist Dimitri Vrubel is restoring his mural, which is located on the eastern side of the Wall. The mural was originally created in the midst of the Cold War, and is now a relic. In the present, and its restored state, the mural signals to the way in which contemporary artists often find alternative ways to memorialise contemporary history.

It will be interesting to see the unveiling of Vrubel's mural.

The mural has suffered, it was left vulnerable to the deteriorating effects of the open weather and Berlin's omnipresent graffiti tags. Another threat to the existence of the mural, and indeed the East Side Gallery, has been big business' relentless desire to expand and build.

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