Walking Through Walls

A contemporary art exhibition at Gropius Bau

November 25th, 2019
Camilla Luperto, News from Berlin

Walking Through Walls: from 12th September 2019 to 19th January 2020, Gropius Bau ist hosting the contemporary art exhibition, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

As the fall of the Berlin Wall represents one of the most salient events of our century, its 30th anniversary has been celebrated all around the city through exhibitions, conferences, public installations and other activities.

In particular, the Gropius Bau museum is hosting the contemporary art exhibition “Walking Through Walls”, whose purpose is to investigate experiences related to confinement and segregation. As the rise of populism and nationalism creates new divisions, the issue of barriers is showing its relavance today, thus making the Berlin Wall the perfect symbol in understanding the connection between past and present. The plurality of its interpretation is well represented thanks to the wide variety of media used for the exhibition: paintings, sculptures, photography, films, sounds, installations, site-specific interventions and performances.

Furthermore, these medias allow spectators to experience three different lines of inquiry: the first one explores the physical presence of walls and how they work as a site separation; the second one investigates the metaphorical view of them; and the third one portrays the struggles to overcome existing divisions.

Once again, art is employed in the sharing of common values, which we should support, or at least acknowledge, both as individuals and as a community.

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