EAST GALLERY: 1989-2019

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

2nd Edition

On the extinct world on that night of 9th November, 1989 …

“1989-2019: East Gallery 2 – 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall” is an itinerant, composite but mostly osmotic exhibition basing its intellectual contents on exchange, and on mutual and constant creative growth. International artists, from Western and especially Eastern European countries, with different artistic backgrounds, and European experiences, of various age groups, professionals with varying levels of experience, compare their creativity by focusing on a present determined to obstruct any possible processes that divide in an insidious way West and East.

Artists attempt to compose autobiographical, biographical and dystopian texture of a world that has quickly transformed during the past three decades since the fall of the Wall whose historical memory is fading. Artists show, through creative gesture, the reception of those contents in an ideal future with a utopian vision where Walls will no longer exist. 

In this second Roman edition, the exhibition, at the prestigious Sapienza University seat of the Department of Political Sciences, is enriched by new artists’ new work. They are receptive to the topic and aspects produced by the multiculturalism generated by cross-fertilization, by awakening intellectuals stimulated by new technologies and communication methods. Since the initiative is the result of a project on historical memory developed through the creative act, this exhibition is deliberately an ongoing process aimed at welcoming, every time, new proofs, new trends and artistic sensibilities. The German President Steinmeier spoke, with a firm and resolute tone, on the occasion of November 9th 2019, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: “Let’s tear down the walls of anger … of frustration, dumbness and estrangement …”. Instead, the Chancellor Merkel spoke, with ambiguous feelings, on the importance of the founding values of the European Union – freedom, democracy, equality, state of law, rights … Chancellor Kohl promised “Blooming landscapes”, at the time of reunification on October 3rd 1990. Antinomies between past and present are the questions that animate the exhibition in which the creative act becomes the result of reflections on social impact and repercussions across Europe since the Berlin Wall no longer divides Europe, the Iron Curtain and the Cold War are over. International artists, each with their own sensitivity, background and culture, try to answer these questions and express their opinion through paintings, sculptures, multimedia work and poems. 

The historic event that highlighted a break in the western hemisphere, the fall of the Berlin Wall – namely an end with no return of the Iron Curtain, of decades of tensions between Eastern and Western Europe in which parallel worlds and discordant ideologies existed. The fall of an historical era has suddenly transformed, and absorbed different cultures and helped worlds, that once were forced to be apart, to have a contact again. 

 These changes occurred so quickly, even fostered by an increasingly pressing technology in everyday life, to make difficult to assimilate and to truly rework historical facts – those events that from the post-war period to 1989 involved all the countries beyond the Curtain. 

Art, in its language common to peoples of multiple cultures and multiple languages, brings people together and leads them back to   memory path, albeit with very different forms and ways.

Visitors should read paintings, installations and short films like book pages and interpret them- as they would with books- in order to lead us back to a meaning, appreciate them so that their aesthetic value is recognized or left to their own fate. 

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