‘What does it mean to be walled in?’ Berlin Wall Foundation plans a new future for the East Side Gallery

Photo features muralist and chairman of the East side Gallery Artists' Initiative, Kani Alavi, Berlin Wall Foundation Director, Axel Klausmeier, and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin, Klaus Lederer. Photo by Flora Adamian

 

 

By Flora Adamian

Despite being a popular tourist destination, Berlin’s East Side Gallery has long faced an uncertain future. A recent announcement, however, may provide hope for the site, as the 1.3 kilometer stretch of the former Berlin Wall will now be managed by the Berlin Wall Foundation.

The Berlin Wall Foundation, which manages several other Wall-related sites, including the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße, plans to better educate tourists on the historical and artistic importance of the site. In the words of Anna von Arnim of the Berlin Wall Foundation: “We can explain here, especially for young people, what it was to live in a divided city.”

 

 

 

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