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Experience everyday life in the shadow of the Berlin Wall in a unique panorama exhibition.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Die Mauer - Das Asisi-Panorama zum geteilten Berlin
© Foto: Tom Schulze, asisi

Yadegar Asisi's panorama of the Berlin Wall, built in 1961 and overcome in 1989, is a very personal, artistically condensed view of the time of divided Berlin, looking from Kreuzberg to Mitte. It presents everyday life with the Berlin Wall in East and West on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s.

On display are, for example, gray and unrenovated house facades, children playing, graffiti painters or drunk people at a curry sausage stand in the West and GDR border guards who follow their controls on the death strip and observe life in the western part of the city from the watchtowers. In the east, white slogans on red background call for loyalty to the state, while in the west colorful advertisements fuel consumption.

But Yadegar Asisi's panorama also shows how banal, everyday and subtly cruel the normality of the divided city during the Cold War was. Beyond the subject matter, Yadegar Asisi deals with the question of the extent to which people in general adapt in their everyday lives when conditions are not ideal or difficult. The panorama is supplemented by a photographic exhibition with very private scenes from around 50 contemporary witnesses.

Thus, about 200 private photos show the very personal everyday life with the wall. Scenes of Kreuzberg residents can be seen, as well as children playing in the courtyard of an East German kindergarten or a wedding couple on a balcony with the Wall in the background.

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