asisi Panorama DIE MAUER
The Panorama DIE MAUER (the Berlin Wall) shows a condensed composition of everyday life experienced by Asisi himself in the West Berlin district of Kreuzberg in the 1980s. On a fictitious autumn day, you will experience stories and scenes that took place right next to the Berlin Wall: People moving house, children playing, Wall tourists, graffiti painters and much more.
From a visitor platform, you will get a realistic view of the panorama artwork on a 1:1 scale: you will discover in an impressive and unique way, how normal and at the same time cruel life in the shadow of the Berlin Wall was. As a visitor to this 360° installation, you take the position of a West Berlin citizen who lives in Berlin-Kreuzberg directly opposite the Berlin Wall with a view of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) Death Strip. You will become part of an unreal scenery of dilapidated and occupied apartment buildings near the strip of the Berlin Wall with punks, Wall artists, tourists and border guards.
A contemporary witness photo exhibition with about 80 private photos of Berliners introduces visitors to the time of the construction, division and fall of the Wall in Berlin. In addition, sketches and drawings by the artist Yadegar Asisi allow insight into the creation of the panorama artwork. Furthermore, illustrated panels refer to the artist's biography and his approach to the creation of the panorama DIE MAUER. Original sketches by the artist illustrate the creation process.
The visit is rounded off with various films: In "On Both Sides of the Wall" Yadegar Asisi describes his view of the division, his life in the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and his adopted home of Kreuzberg as the basis for the creation of the panorama DIE MAUER. Two other films, shown in alternation, show private shots of Asisi on the night the Wall fell at the Brandenburg Gate and shots taken by the French journalist Axel Gyldén in 1986 and 1987 from West Berlin.
As a contemporary witness of both systems, Asisi does not ask the question of guilt or innocence, but rather a condensed depiction of this absurd normality that people experienced in their everyday lives in the shadow of the Wall. The horrifying way people today deal with a wall and a death zone in the immediate vicinity was the reason for creating this artwork.
The artist behind the Panoramas
Born in Vienna in 1955, Yadegar Asisi, of Persian origin, then grew up in Halle/Saale and Leipzig, before taking up studies in architecture in 1973 in Dresden. After his second course of study in painting at Berlin's University of the Arts from 1978 to 1984, he received many university teaching assignments, and then discovered the Panorama as a medium while working as the architect of an exhibition in Bonn in 1993. Since then he has been developing his circular pictures continuously using state-of-the-art technology. Asisi places a great deal of value on perspective, as well as the study of form, colour and pigment. The artist composes his 360° works of art in a constant dialogue between science and art using photographs, drawings and painting. At the present time, his Panoramas can be wondered at in Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Pforzheim, Wittenberg and Rouen bestaunt.
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