asisi Panorama DIE MAUER
The Panorama presents the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961 and overcome in 1989, looking towards the district of Mitte from Kreuzberg, giving an impression of what it was like to live at and with the Wall on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. The scenes and stories in the Panorama feature people in their everyday lives: moving house, painting graffiti, standing at a snack bar, playing children or tourists to the Wall, the alternative life of SO 36 in West Berlin with its punks, squats, a travellers' settlement or a children's zoo in Kreuzberg – all of that completely separated off from life in East Berlin – and yet only a stone's throw away. The so-called “Death Strip” and border facilities separated the Western part of the city from the East, West Germany from the GDR, capitalism from communism.
From a visitors' platform, you will have a realistic view of the Panorama picture on a scale of 1:1. The visitor experiences in a unique and impressive manner how mundane, and at the same time how gruesome, living in the shadow of the Wall was.
An accompanying exhibition with 80 private photos provides an introduction into the period of the division and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition, picture boards relate the biography of the artist and his approach in creating the panorama THE WALL.
The exhibition is rounded off by a making-of film about the Panoramas of Yadegar Asisi. A highly interesting documentary look at the work of the artist, from the first idea to the creation of the Panorama pictures, right up to the final dramatic presentation using light and sound.
The theme of freedom has always accompanied and influenced Asisi. In the installation room with the photo exhibition, every visitor is invited to write down his or her thoughts on the subject of freedom and thus become part of the exhibition.
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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