East Side Gallery, Berlin

Thursday 26 December 2019. The East Side Gallery, on Mühlenstrasse east of the Spree in Berlin, is a series of murals painted onto a remnant of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the fall of the wall and the reunification of East and West Germany. Despite being a very popular tourist destination its power and resonance remain undiluted. When we visited on Boxing Day (or ‘second Christmas holiday’ in Germany), the famous My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love (the Brezhnev–Honecker kiss) had a large crowd in front of it, while many other, equally compelling works attracted little or no attention.

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